151DBS Inc, d.b.a. “Crompton Ale House”, 151-159 West 26th Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY, application for change in method of operation.
At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2022, the following resolution passed with a vote of 38 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:
WHEREAS, 151DBS Inc. (“Applicant”), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply for an alteration to an existing on-premises liquor license for a bar and restaurant establishment located at 151-159 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) (the “Premises”); and
WHEREAS, In 2014, Applicant appeared before CB5 in connection with its original application for an on-premises liquor license and at that time, Applicant delivered an executed affidavit whereby Applicant agreed to various conditions and stipulations, upon which CB5 relied on for recommending approval of the on-premises liquor license; and
WHEREAS, Among other conditions and stipulations, Applicant agreed to hours of operation from 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily and no live music, DJs, or promoters; and
WHEREAS, Applicant requested to extend its hours of operation until 3:00 AM Sunday through Wednesday and 4:00 AM Thursday through Saturday and to offer live music, however they have now modified this request to forego live music and to extend its hours of operation until 3:00 AM seven days of the week; and
WHEREAS, The Premises is located on a mixed-use block, with several residential buildings in addition to at least eight (8) bars and nightlife facilities, including as Sid Gold’s, Our/New York Vodka, Gypsy Rose, Black Door, The Ainsworth, RARE View Rooftop Chelsea, Sandbar Rooftop, etc.; and
WHEREAS, Community members have expressed that poor practices of operators on the block have contributed to deterioration in quality of life in the form of noise, poor sanitation conditions, and reduction in public safety; and
WHEREAS, No licensed operators on this block have closing hours beyond 2:00 AM; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has found that 2:00 AM closing has been effective in balancing needs of bar and nightlife businesses while reasonably preserving quality of life in a mixed-use neighborhood; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that the current closing time of 2:00 AM continue to be enforced; and
WHEREAS, An extension to the Applicant’s operating hours would create a precedent for other operators on the block to seek similar operating hours to the detriment of the balance between residents and businesses on this block; and
WHEREAS, Although some community members recognized the Applicant as a good operator and constructive contributor to the block, those same residents and many others submitted written and spoken testimony in opposition to the proposed changes, citing factors including existing noise levels on the block, unruly crowds in the late evening, and the importance of keeping a consistent closing time for all operators on the block; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five finds that an extension of operating hours beyond 2:00 AM would have a material adverse effect on quality of life in the neighborhood and set a destructive precedent for existing and future operators on the block; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by 151DBS Inc, d.b.a. “Crompton Ale House”, to alter the method of operation of its bar and restaurant establishment at 151-159 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues), New York, NY.