The monthly Community Board 1 meetings are highly entertaining if you have even a passing interest in local goings-on, and as we’ve previously reported, if you don’t want to attend in person you can watch them from the comfort of your own home livestreamed via public channel Thirteen on YouTube. At the meetings, you get to find out who’s applying for liquor licenses, which block association has beef with which developer, and watch bright-eyed millenials with new business ideas get torn a new one (pass the popcorn). One of the most enjoyable parts of watching the livestream of the CB1 meeting is the closeups on chairperson Dealice Fuller’s face—this woman does not play. She’s badass and amazing. You can watch last night’s meeting in full here.
Here are the highlights from last night’s meeting (which ran over by about an hour):
- We’re going to get a new joint at the former location of Manhattan Inn, and it will be an LGBT-friendly space, run by some longtime Greenpoint residents.
- New Bushwick venue Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave) from former Glasslands folks got their cabaret license approved, though many people at the meeting expressed security concerns, given the number of recent tragedies at concerts and clubs.
- The board recommended to deny liquor license renewals for both Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) and Tender Trap (66-68 Greenpoint Ave) due to noise complaints and just generally annoying their neighbors. But, this doesn’t signify imminent closure for the venues. The State Liquor Authority has the final say, though the CB1 denial recommendations will go on record and be submitted to the SLA for review.
- Painting Lounge (309 Roebling St) applied for a liquor license to be able to sell wine on premises during their classes, and faced some neighborhood opposition. Which means the board hilariously discussed sip n’ paint—a way for ladies and gents to pretend they’re artists for a minute while depicting amateur nature scenes and slinging back a couple glasses of red—for almost 20 minutes, while one neighborhood resident protested “the loud music” and “the crowds” (!) that this liquor license would bring to Roebling Street. And then one woman called the man’s outcry “insane,” while another woman piped up that we shouldn’t be calling people’s concerns “crazy.” Both of them are right.
- We’ll have a chain pizza place going in on Metropolitan Avenue, on the ground level of the forthcoming and somewhat reviled Pod Hotel. Eh.
- Urban clothing retailer Supreme (152 Grand Street) showed up to say hi and make a goodwill gesture to the board, probably to lessen the blow from future complaints about their obnoxiously long lines.
- Some people are not happy about the BQX (aka The Gentrification Express), and you can watch a documentary about it.
- You can help plant daffodils at Cooper Park this Saturday morning, starting at 10am.
- The Yankees won last night.