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The Drying of NYC: CB6 Drops Hammer on Union Hall

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Looks like the press release submitted by some members of Park Slope's CB6 to make their case against bar and music venue Union Hall did the trick: last night the landmarks/land-use committee voted against allowing the venue to renew its liquor license, unless the owners meet serious stipulations. Brownstoner has the details:

"After a lengthy and often rancorous public hearing about renewing the Park Slope bar and venue's liquor license, the committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of a motion that denies Union Hall a renewal unless the business's owners sign a contract stipulating that they will take measures to ameliorate noise, such as stopping the sale of alcohol after midnight. Although the motion is ultimately only advisory, the committee member who introduced it—Lou Sones, who himself owns a bar, The Brazen Head on Atlantic Avenue—described it as the community board's 'nuclear weapon' in terms of being a powerful indication to the State Liquor Authority that Union Hall is disturbing the lives of nearby residents."

Apparently the meeting was quite the circus, with members both for and against granting the bar its liquor license arguing for two hours over the noise vs. the merits of the establishment. According to Gothamist's report, residents even heckled the supporters of Union Hall screaming out "Sneak" and "Jerkoff" while they spoke. Proponents (including comedians Michael Showalter and Eugene Mirman) mentioned the fund raisers, comedy shows, and science lectures held at the bar, but to no avail. The motion goes to the full board next week.
· Community Board Moving to Nuke Union Hall [Brownstoner]
· Scolds Scuttle Union Hall at CB6 Meeting [Gothamist]
· The Drying of NYC: CB Has it In for Union Hall [~E~]

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