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252 West 43rd Street, Three Amigos SJL, Inc. – Application for transfer of liquor license

WHEREAS, Three Amigos SJL, Inc., is applying to the SLA to transfer the liquor license from Club New York, located at 252 West 43rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The former occupant, Club New York, had for several years been the scene of numerous disturbances, noise, crowds on the streets, unruly behavior, and a shooting involving a famous celebrity; and,

WHEREAS, At Community Board Five's Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee meeting held on September 7, 2004 and again on July 11, 2005, regarding this matter, the owner, Steve Aslan, described the concept for the establishment as a "Gentlemen's Club and Restaurant", aka topless bar, that will be operated as a 60/40 club in accordance with New York City's Adult Entertainment Zoning regulations; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Aslan is known to Community Board Five as the proprietor for seven years of the VIP Lounge, a similar type of club located on West 20th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, which has received support from the residents of that area since it was widely stated that VIP was operated without any negative effects on the community in contrast to the many other unruly night clubs located there; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Aslan has indicated that the target market will be primarily an upscale clientele including professionals and business executives, and there will be a dress code; and

WHEREAS, The main room for entertainment will be located in the rear, and the remainder of the space will consist of a high-end restaurant and a waiting area with a bar and private dining area, the hours of operation will be from 5p.m. to 4a.m., six days per week (closed Sundays), and there are plans to eventually open for lunch, and the occupancy of the club will be between 250-300 people, in contrast to often more than 1,000 at Club New York; and

WHEREAS, There is a parking lot on either side of the premises; and

WHEREAS, The applicant was sympathetic to the questions and suggestions raised by the members of the Public Safety and Quality of Life committee and the Security Director of the Times Square Hotel located directly across the street, and has agreed to undertake the following ameliorative measures to prevent the nuisance conditions that prevailed at this location in the past:

 

Security personnel will assist patrons in hailing cabs; and  

 

WHEREAS, Based on the above-enumerated steps agreed to by the applicant and based on the applicant's track record of working cooperatively with Community Board Five; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the transfer of the liquor license from Club New York to Three Amigos SJL, Inc., located at 253 West 43rd Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 4 opposed, 2 abstentions

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