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Public Safety & Quality of Life

215 West 28th, Promenade - application for a cabaret license

WHEREAS, GQ Nightlife LLC d/b/a "Promenade" ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to file an application with the Department of Consumer Affairs for a new cabaret license for the , located at 215 West 28th  Street; and

WHEREAS, Applicant is currently in possession of a liquor license for the Premises that was approved by Community Board Five (CB5) in July of 2008 subject to extensive assurances, conditions and stipulations regarding the method of operation agreed to by the owner (attached); and

WHEREAS, Applicant has failed to comply with the conditions and stipulations to which it agreed; and

WHEREAS, Principals of Applicant failed to appear at the May 5, 2010 meeting of the Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee as requested but instead sent Ms. Nichole Macdonald, a new manager of the establishment with no experience in handling matters of this seriousness and with no authority whatsoever on behalf of the Applicant; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Macdonald stated that she had been hired 6 months ago and given a set of responsibilities that included making improvements to the method of operation of the venue, for which she has no experience or qualifications to perform; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Macdonald stated that recently the venue had received a violation for operating as an illegal cabaret and that, despite the violation and illegality of the method of operation, the Premises continues to operate as a cabaret; and

WHEREAS, In recent years what had once been primarily a manufacturing area of the city is now home to many new residences and commercial businesses, and has been long home to a school, the Fashion Institute of Technology; and

WHEREAS, Neighboring businesses and residents came out in strong opposition to the venue and presented verbal testimony, written testimony, a signed petition and e-mails indicating the same; and

WHEREAS, Among the more serious instances reported at the venue are:

Sunday Night    3/29-30/09                     Multiple Stabbing Inside Club

Sunday Night    1/24-25/10                    Shots Fired Outside Club

Friday Night      3/26-27/10                    Fighting Outside Club; and

WHEREAS, In addition to the above incidents, residences and businesses indicated that the quality of life issues due to the venue were extensive and included excessive crowds, public urination, noise, littering and disregard for others on the block; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board RECOMMENDS DENIAL of the issuance of a new cabaret license for GQ Nightlife LLC d/b/a "Promenade" located at 215 West 28th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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