Public Safety & Quality of Life

As Manhattan’s central business district, Community Board Five has a high concentration of licensed establishments, ranging from restaurants, to bars, hotels and clubs. Each month, the board receives dozens of liquor license applications to review. The Public Safety & Quality of Life (PSQL) committee plays a vital role in reviewing these applications and making recommendations to the State Liquor Authority (SLA). It ensures that new and existing establishments fit into the fabric of the neighborhood and maintain positive relationships with the community.

A growing residential population in the district has made it more necessary to negotiate agreements that prevent ill will between residents and operators. In recent years, the committee has worked to establish a Restricted Licensing Area from 19th Street to 21st Street in Flatiron to curb problematic activity,  to form a comprehensive policy related to rooftops and other outdoor space and to help shutter bad actors. The committee has also secured countless agreements with operators that have been incorporated into the licenses issued by the SLA. The committee regularly fields complaints related to licensed establishments and works to resolve the issues.

In addition to liquor license applications, the PSQL committee also reviews applications for Physical Culture Establishment (PCE) licenses, which are necessary to run gym, spa, massage or related facilities.

Generally meets on the last Wednesday of the month. Meeting time and location subject to change. Please refer to our calendar.

Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee Members
Nicholas Athanail (Chair)
Craig Slutzkin (Vice Chair)
Frank Baquero
James (Buzz) Beitchman
Renee Cafaro
Ina Clark
Candy Cook
Dominic Gatto
Michael Goldberg
Tristan Haas
William Heyer
Robert Isaacs
Joseph Maffia
Tod Shapiro
Daniel Spence
Mark Stein
Public Safety & Quality of Life Public Members
Ian Ross


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