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319 5th Ave. at 32nd Street, 212 Park Inc . D/B/A CAFÉ SPACE 212 - application for the renewal of an on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, JIN YOUNG PARK ON BEHALF OF 212 PARK INC. D/B/A "CAFÉ SPACE 212" ("Applicant") has notified Community Board Five of their intent to apply to the NY State Liquor Authority for the renewal of an on-premises liquor license for the premises located at 319 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY at 32nd Street (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, CB5 receives approximately 40-50 liquor license/wine/renewal/cabaret applications per month; and

WHEREAS, In order for CB5's Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee to determine whether or not the applicant is to come before the committee and the full board, research is done on such things as square footage, public assembly, sound amplification and hours of operation,  as well as a conducting a site visit and discussion with the applicant; and

WHEREAS, Applicants and/or their attorneys are notified to provide such information regarding such a request to the community board office in the form of a questionnaire; and

WHEREAS, This questionnaire is provided on the CB5 website and made available to applicants and, as noted on the questionnaire, is due one week after their letter of intent is received at the board office; and

WHEREAS, Numerous follow-up phone calls/emails are made by the committee and board office and in some cases this request for information is ignored; and

WHEREAS, Applicants/attorneys who do not comply are called and apprised in writing that the information requested in the questionnaire is an essential part of the process; and

WHEREAS, The same applicants/attorneys are also apprised that a negative resolution will be presented to the full board by the committee with the ONLY exception being that the board office receives a letter (copy to State Liquor Authority) requesting postponement until next month and with the notation that said application to the State Liquor Authority will not be submitted until after the applicant/attorney meets with the PSQL Committee; and

WHEREAS, After numerous attempts, the applicant has still not complied with this requirement; and

WHEREAS, Members of the public testified that the operation at the Premises constitutes a public nuisance as a result of trash, violence, vandalism, and other negative impacts on the community; and

WHEREAS, Despite the lack of information from the Applicant, CB5 learned that there are a number of alleged violations pending against this establishment, including underage drinking, locked egress, and lack of security; and

WHEREAS, There is currently a vacate order issued by the New York City Department of Buildings against the Premises for unsafe conditions; and

WHEREAS, Although CB5 has received verification from the State Liquor Authority that the Premises is not currently licensed to serve alcohol, Applicant continues to serve; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by JIN YOUNG PARK ON BEHALF OF 212 PARK INC. D/B/A "CAFÉ SPACE 212" for the renewal of an on-premises liquor license for the premises located at 319 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY at 32nd Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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