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11 West 32nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), 3rd Floor, KLP ENTERTAINMENT INC. D/B/A "MARU", APPLICATION FOR ALTERATION TO AN ON-PREMISES LIQUOR LICENSE

WHEREAS, Hyong Kun Yi, on behalf of KLP Entertainment Inc. ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to file an application to alter an existing on-premises liquor license for the 3rdth Floor karaoke bar/restaurant located at 11 West 32nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York (the "Premises"); 

WHEREAS, The Premises is a restaurant and karaoke bar consisting of approximately 9,000 square feet on the 3rd and 4th floors; and

WHEREAS, The total capacity of the Premises is 124 on the 3rd floor and 63 on the 4th floor; and

WHEREAS, Only the third floor space is licensed with 2 patron bars and no service bars and Applicant seeks to alter the existing license to add a legal bar on the 4th floor; and

WHEREAS, Applicant was fined in 2010 for illegally serving alcohol on the 4th floor without a license; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has failed to provide a "Letter of No Objection" from the New York City Department of Buildings, stating that the DOB does not object to the use of the Premises for this operation specifically for the 3rd and 4th floors; and

WHEREAS, Use of the Premises on the 3rd floor is illegal because occupancy by 124 persons requires a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation, which the Applicant is operating without; and

WHEREAS, Members of the public expressed concern about the illegal operation of the Premises as well as concerns about the density of licenses in this area; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by KLP Entertainment Inc. to alter an existing on-premises liquor license for the 3rdth Floor karaoke bar/restaurant located at 11 West 32nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 38 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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