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48 West 21st Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), 48 west 21st street corporation d/b/a "taj II", application for renewal of an existing liquor license

WHEREAS, 48 West 21st Street Corporation ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to renew the on premises liquor license for the floor restaurant, bar, lounge located at 48 West 21st Street, (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises is located within Community Board Five's Restricted Licensing Area, an area deserving of heightened scrutiny of liquor license applications and renewals; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has received several complaints regarding the method of operation of the Premises, most particularly with respect to patrons entering and exiting the Premises; and

WHEREAS, The Premises consists of approximately 4,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Premises; and

WHEREAS, The Premises includes no outdoor space; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is operated exclusively as a restaurant, bar, and lounge; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has agreed that Applicant shall:

1)      Operate the Premises as a restaurant, bar, and lounge and be responsible for any use of promoters and at any time that an event or party is hosted or marketed by a third party (in whole or in part):

a)      at all times Applicant shall remain responsible for and in complete control of the Premises and its patrons and

b)      all materials positions of the operation shall be the employees of the Applicant at all times; and 

2)      Except for special events (i.e. Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, national holidays, and New Year's Eve), the premises will be closed at 4am, with the premises cleared within 30 minutes after closing; and

3)      At all times, when appropriate, the Premises will maintain no less than three (3) dedicated security personnel in the front of the Premises and no less than three (3) inside the Premises to (i) maintain order both inside and outside the of the Premises, (ii) ensure that patrons enter and leave the Premises in a peaceful, quiet, and respectful manner  (iii) discourage patrons from congregating outside of the Premises, and (iv) use best efforts to have 21st street cleared of all patrons within one-half hour of closing. Security personnel shall be employees of the Applicant, if a third-party security agent is used, will be directed and supervised by employees of the Applicant;

4)      Whenever possible, discourage the idling of cabs, limousines, and other vehicles on the street in front of the Premises;

5)      Control loud talking, and minimize excessive noise; and discourage customers from loitering outside the Premises at any time;

6)      Strictly comply with and adhere to the plans for the operation of the business, as set forth herein;

7)      Establish a 24 hour direct phone line to either a manager or owner for surrounding residents; and

8)      Meet with neighbors and CB5, if requested; and

WHEREAS, Applicant agrees to return, if necessary, to CB5 in six (6) months from the date of execution to evaluate the success of the restrictions now established to minimize disturbance of the residents in the vicinity of the Premises; and

WHEREAS, These agreements, stipulations and conditions will be incorporated into the Method of Operation as part of the liquor license renewal application submitted by Applicant to the New York State Liquor Authority, a copy of which shall be simultaneously submitted to CB5; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by 48 West 21st Street Corporation to renew the on premises liquor license for the floor restaurant, bar, lounge located at 48 West 21st Street, (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York, New York, unless the above conditions are adhered to and are incorporated into the method of operation of the State Liquor Authority application.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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