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Public Safety & Quality of Life

45 West 21st Street – “Milbel Enterprises Inc. D/B/A Duvet” – Liquor License Renewal

WHEREAS, Milbel Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a “Duvet”, is applying for renewal of their liquor license, located at 45 West 21st Street; and

WHEREAS, In February, 2004, Edward Belkin, owner, came before the Public Safety/Quality of Life (PS/QL) Committee of Community Board Five and it was explained that this was within CB5’s Moratorium (20th, 21st, and 22nd Streets between 5th & 6th Avenues), and that the community board and the community were concerned regarding the quality of life of the neighborhood, specifically pedestrian and vehicular traffic as well as excessive noise on the street; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Belkin assured the committee that no promoters were to be used and agreed to certain conditions, among them that a waiting area would be maintained inside the premises to alleviate lines outside; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Belkin signed an affidavit to that effect (see attached) and CB 5 recommended approval of the liquor license (see attached February 04 resolution) based on information received and the signed affidavit; and

WHEREAS, CB 5 requested that the SLA consider the application for transfer and that the affidavit be attached and considered part of the liquor license for the premises; and

WHEREAS, At the October 10, 2006 PS/QL Meeting, it was brought to the committee’s attention that this operation was negatively impacting the neighborhood with lines on the sidewalk, noise, and the use of promoters; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Belkin admitted that he does use promoters citing, “I can’t compete unless I use promoters!” – and also that he has waiting lines on the sidewalk that impedes pedestrian traffic “because I haven’t got room inside!” and

WHEREAS, Mr. Belkin misrepresented the nature of his operation by assuring the board that promoters would not be used and by signing an affidavit that he would maintain a waiting area inside the premises; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board DOES NOT RECOMMEND renewal of the liquor license for Milbel Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a “Duvet,” located at 45 West 21st Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 33 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions.   

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