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34 West 32nd Street- 5/BW, Music Story Inc. - application for an original liquor license

WHEREAS, Music Story Inc. ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply for a new liquor license for a karaoke bar to be located on the fifth floor at 34 West 32nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York  (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises is 4,000 square feet of space on the fifth floor, with 12 tables, 60 chairs and 6 bar stools, with a proposed occupancy of 66 persons; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is currently used as a karaoke bar known as Casablanca; and

WHEREAS, The principal of Applicant is an experienced and respected operator of another karaoke bar in the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, The Premises has 2 elevators and 2 means of emergency egress, to wit, an interior enclosed staircase and an exterior fire escape 44" wide; and

WHEREAS, Although proposed occupancy of the Premises is 66, the Certificate of Occupancy for the Premises permits only 45; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has agreed to file an Alteration Type 1 application with the New York City Department of Buildings to amend the Certificate of Occupancy to permit 66 persons and to permit the valid use of the Premises as proposed; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has agreed to monitor occupancy at all times to not exceed permitted occupancy; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the State Liquor Authority shall be put on notice that the proposed method of operation for the Premises with occupancy for 66 persons is in violation of the Certificate of Occupancy for the Premises; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by Music Story Inc. for a new liquor license for a karaoke bar to be located on the fifth floor at 34 West 32nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York, unless an Alteration Type 1 application is filed with the New York City Department of Buildings to amend the Certificate of Occupancy for the Premises to permit 66 persons and to permit the valid use of the Premises as proposed.

The above resolution passed  by a vote of 33 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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