37 WEST 17TH STREET (BETWEEN FIFTH AND SIXTH AVENUES), FLATS AVALON IRON GROUP INC. (D/B/A "RETREAT"), APPLICATION FOR A CORPORATE CHANGE TO AN EXISTING ON PREMISES LIQUOR LICENSE
WHEREAS, The applicant, FLATS AVALON IRON GROUP INC. (d/b/a "Retreat"), has notified Community Board Five of its intent to apply for a corporate change to the existing on premises liquor license for a bar/lounge located at 37 West 17th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), new York, New York (the "Premises"); and
WHEREAS, The Premises is comprised of 2,200 square feet of space on two floors; and
WHEREAS, Without informing the New York State Liquor Authority or Manhattan Community Board Five, the Applicant changed its method of operation by increasing legal capacity of the Premises from 74 patrons to 120 patrons; and
WHEREAS, The principal of the Applicant, Peter Grupinski, stated that he has already taken over control of the Premises three (3) months ago, without notifying the New York State Liquor Authority or Manhattan Community Board Five; and
WHEREAS, The transaction described by Applicant is a transfer and Applicant is masquerading a transfer as a corporate change; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Grupinski has no experience or qualifications necessary to possess a liquor license or operate a liquor licensed establishment, especially one with such a long, troubled history; and
WHEREAS, Numerous neighboring residents testified with complaints of overcrowding, overflow of clientele into the street and sidewalk, violence, and general mayhem surrounding the operation of the Premises; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Fiverecommends DENIAL of the application by FLATS AVALON IRON GROUP INC. for a corporate change to the existing on premises liquor license for a bar/lounge located at 37 West 17th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York, New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, Community Board Five requests special enforcement action by the State Liquor Authority to abate the nuisance caused to the community by this licensed operation.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.