The Amnesia nightclub is located in a commercial zone, like the commercial strips on Third and Fifth Avenues. (Photo by Brian Hedden)
I’m going to make a possibly unpopular argument and say that the Amnesia dance club (10007 4th Avenue) should be allowed to operate, in spite of what Community Board 10 has to say. But not if they refuse to seek out a cabaret license, which we demonstrated last spring is with the night club’s reach, if they’d only try.
Will Bredderman wrote today on BrooklynDaily.com about Community Board 10′s renewed efforts to close the Amnesia nightclub – by moving to have its state liquor license revoked on the grounds that it continues to operate as a dance club without the required cabaret license from the City’s Consumer Affairs department.
I have to admit, I’m a little surprised this has become an issue again. After the Community Board recommended to deny a cabaret license to Amnesia back in March, I knew that the club continued to operate through the spring and early summer, and I knew they still didn’t have a cabaret permit. But while the State Liquor Authority renewed their on-premise alcohol permit, it also seemed to me that club events that used to take place at Amnesia moved to a new club near the Gowanus Canal called SRB (as in Salsa, Reggaeton, and Bachata). So I didn’t think there was any more activity to stop. Continue reading »