Longtime residents and newcomers alike in Bed-Stuy are battling over the neighborhood's gentrification, particularly its bar scene. In the past year, the number of places with liquor licenses in the area grew by 25% to about 90 bars and restaurants. Despite the divide, pretty much everyone is on board with one thing, notes Crain's NY: They don't want their neighborhood to "morph into the next Williamsburg."
Still, there are some in favor of the new bars. Some residents like have more places to drink, and some business owners are happy that more people are being drawn to the neighborhood. At a recent Community Board meeting, the argument hinged on a proposal by Franklin Park owner Anatoly Dubinsky, who wants to turn an auto-repair shop on Atlantic Avenue into a bar with a big outdoor space. Some complained of the noise from bars like it, but others argued that they keep more people out after dark, which is a good thing for both business and safety.
Ultimately, the community board voted down Dubinsky's proposal for a liquor license but as Crain's points out, the State Liquor Authority is likely to still give its go ahead. The owner of the space says the bar could be up and running in as little as three months, but in the meantime it sounds like anyone looking to open a bar in Bed-Stuy should expect some battles ahead.