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Public Safety & Quality of Life

143 Madison Avenue (31st/32nd)– BecRon, LLC (formerly “Vapor Lounge”) Transfer of On-Premises Liquor License Application

WHEREAS, BecRon, LLC has applied for the transfer of a liquor license located at 143 Madison Avenue; and

WHEREAS, Mark Titone, former owner in excellent standing, of "Vapor," will be involved in the ongoing operation of this establishment, i.e., consulting, financing and a personal guarantee to the landlord regarding the lease; and

WHEREAS, The applicants, Rebbecca Beltran and Ron La Sasso, intend to operate a club/lounge primarily in the same manner currently used by "Vapor" with music and light meals and no dancing, and expect to attract a young professional clientele; and

WHEREAS, The location is approximately 4,000 square feet (of which 2,800 is usable square footage) with occupancy of 200 persons on the first floor and 35 in the basement (which can also be used as a waiting area, if necessary); and

WHEREAS, The club's hours are to be from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., Tuesdays thru Sundays; and

WHEREAS, The applicants will not apply for a cabaret license; and

WHEREAS, The applicants will not apply for a sidewalk café; and

WHEREAS, The applicants agree to close windows and doors no later than 10 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, The Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee informed the applicants that the neighborhood has many concerns regarding this block because of the proximity of residential buildings to the club, as well as the history of a previous club (China White) at this location where noise and other nuisance conditions had been prevalent; and

WHEREAS, With the intention of being a good neighbor and safeguarding the quality-of-life, the applicants have agreed to run the establishment in accordance with a list of operational guidelines they will implement that includes the following measures:

WHEREAS, No one attended the PSQL meeting to speak in opposition to this operation; and

WHEREAS, The applicants have signed an affidavit (attached) outlining the above conditions/stipulations to be incorporated into the method of operation of their New York State Liquor Authority Application; and

WHEREAS, The applicants agree to submit to Community Board Five a copy of their final application to the State Liquor Authority; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends disapproval of the application for the transfer of the liquor license, located at 143 Madison Avenue, to BecRon, LLC, unless the conditions above and in the attached affidavit are incorporated into the method of operation of the applicants' New York State Liquor Authority Application.

 

The above resolution passed with a vote of 36 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstention.

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