Community Board Considers Limit On Williamsburg Liquor Licenses
A Tuesday community board meeting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was packed with people talking about a proposed moratorium of neighborhood liquor licenses. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
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Williamsburg is well-known for its nightlife, and some residents say that is a problem. On Tuesday, the Public Safety committee of the local community board considered a temporary ban on liquor licenses.
The committee's chairman said the neighborhood has reached its limit.
"There’s public urination, talking smoking, screaming - a lot of arrests made by the police and that’s what we want to avoid," said Community Board 1 Public Safety Committee Chairman Mieszko Kalita.
Last year, the board signed off on 128 licenses and 58 more have been approved so far this year.
Complaints from residents are on the rise.
"After a long weekend you have to jump around puddles of vomit," said one Williamsburg resident.
"Those of us who live here are worried about this community. People coming in for entertainment aren’t nearly as worried about keeping a healthy community," said another.
However, plenty of other locals told NY1 they were not worried.
"The more bars the better," said one Williamsburg resident.
"People want to open up business so they should be able to," said another. "I think if you don’t want to live in the neighborhood that has a lot of places then you should live some place else -- like the suburbs."
Still, one community board member said even if the moratorium is passed, it might not make a difference.
"We have denied license to have the state liquor authority to approve them anyway. This is why I’m calling for more accountability at the state level - with our state elected officials to help look at this malfeasance that is happening at the State Liquor Authority," said Community Board 1 Member Esteban Duran.
The chair said it will be at least two months before his committee makes a recommendation to the community board.