How much does it take to sway a CB1 member to do a 180?

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Pier A top satelliteMarch 27, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

Over the last several years, as the Pier A project went from being the money pit of the city, to money pit of the BPCA, then to being a pure gift from the tax payers to the Poulakakos restaurant group, the BPC committee of the CB1 has opposed the possibility that the event space will be a source for noise and disruption. Then, in a dramatic 180 degree turn, the CB1 members became huge supporters this month of anything the Poulakakos group proposed, including a 4:00 AM liquor license with party boats docking.

What caused this about-face? Did supporters of the Poulakakos group, such as the BPCA and Goldman Sachs, convince the CB1 to look the other way, and in turn be rewarded somehow?

Pier A is a stones throw away from luxury condominiums at the Ritz-Carlton, Visioniare, Millennium, and others. Quiet Wagner park is adjacent to the pier. Having any form of liquor license approved in such a neighborhood is challenging, and a 4:00 AM license is unheard of. Even in industrial parts of the city, event spaces, such as Spring Studio, have been attacked by the CB1.

During the monthly CB1 meeting on March 25th, the Pier A liquor license approval was passed to allow a 4:00 AM closing time. The resolution is a non-binding symbolic vote that sways the New York Liquor Authority (NYSLA). The authority has the final say.

During the CB1 discussion on March 25th, Tribeca members of the CB1 were astonished that such a resolution was even up for a vote. Tricia Joyce warned that the community would be rebelling and demanding remediation of the license if late night drunks invaded the esplanade. However, opposing her, lawyer and CB1 member Jeff Galloway astonishingly claimed that no apartments were near Pier A, which is irrefutably false. He went on to say that the community wants Pier A to thrive at 4:00 AM and that it would be good for the community.

Piling on, CB1 member Tammy Meltzer, who has been on record opposing party boats docking at Pier A for noise reasons, now fully supports a 4:00 AM license. She too claimed that the community craves a “thriving” late night drunken scene like exists now on Stone Street in FiDi.

The lame duck CB1 board, many of whom will be voted off the Community Board soon as new members are chosen by Manhattan Borough President Brewer, went forward with a vote to approve the 4:00 AM liquor license.

The official Pier A liquor license is not even in application form with the State Liquor Authority. When it becomes an application, there will a public comment phase, then a vote at the Manhattan NYSLA offices, at 317 Lenox Avenue.

Nearby neighborhoods in the Lower East Side have formed an effective group to overturn virtually every CB3 vote to approve a liquor license. The NYSLA is very receptive to the community.

Stay tuned.

To express your concerns to the NYSLA, you can email Mike Smith

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2 Responses to How much does it take to sway a CB1 member to do a 180?

  1. Robert says:

    I was walking down Albany / Greenwich past the monument where the NYPD has enacted a row whereby bpc residents hoping to walk up to broadway to get to work must walk in a single row behind thousands of tourists gawking…..and I thought of how we were told to rebuild BPC, urged to move back after our homes and belongings were lost …sad really….ever movement by this City has been in favor of tourists to the detriment of residents…I thought of my good friends who perished that horrible day and how there deaths have resulted in a garish tourist trap of ugly buildings ( hideously ugly) all in an effort tocollect tourist dollars to line the coiffers of the Government and how my friends would have been disgusted……truly disgusting

  2. Chconkl says:

    This is so ridiculous as is the monopoly the Greek guy has on restaurants downtown. Did they put this out to bid? Would we even have the right to know if they did? I mean, I like the old fashioned pizza at Harry’s but the rest of the food is so average. And even that restaurant has a late close time…like 1 am or something? Who needs to hang out and party in BPC till 4 am? Get yourself to the Lower East Side and call it a night/morning. I can totally see having a cocktail at that location for the sunset, but c’mon.

    I actually think this will fail as a business model because no one is going to want to get stranded down here in the wee hours and it’s not like the neighborhood folks are going to fill the place up. And in the winter, forget about it. They’ll probably end up hosting events a lot.

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