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Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for 'beca, the ground floor restaurant in the new Duane Hotel, citing their feud with the former owner, Sam 'destroyer of cities' Chang. While the new owners argued that they shouldn't be punished for the community's grievances with the former developer, the board wasn't having it: "'A beer and wine license remains a privilege, not a right,' said Jean Grillo, president of the Duane St. Block Association. To approve the license would reward the developer’s 'lousy community relations,' she said." [Downtown Express]

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