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Glass Ceiling Events, LLC D.B.A “THE GLASS CEILING”, 1204 Broadway (Between 29th and 30th Streets) New York, NY, application for a new on premises wine and beer license.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020, the following resolution passed with a vote of 44 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, GLASS CEILING EVENTS LLC ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply for a new on-premises wine and beer license for a rooftop bar/lounge/event space to be located at 1204 Broadway (between 29th and 30th Streets) New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The entirety of the space is outdoors, on a rooftop (the “Rooftop”) above the fourth floor of the building; and

WHEREAS, In December 2019, CB5 issued a resolution denying Applicant’s request for an on-premises liquor license, attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Denial Resolution”); and

WHEREAS, In March 2020, in response to Applicant’s request for reconsideration of the Denial Resolution, CB5 reconsidered the matter and again denied the application and issued another resolution attached hereto as Exhibit B (the “Reconsideration Resolution”); and

WHEREAS, In support of the Denial Resolution and Reconsideration Resolution, CB5 heard input from many residents abutting the Premises and living nearby the Premises in opposition to issuing a license to the Premises for the reasons set forth in the resolutions (the “Community Opposition”); and

WHEREAS, In support of the Denial Resolution and the Reconsideration Resolution, Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Councilmember Keith Powers, submitted testimony, attached hereto as Exhibit C (the “Elected Representative Opposition”); and

WHEREAS, On April 29, 2020, at the NYSLA Full Board Review of Application #1319843 of Glass Ceiling Events LLC, Agenda Number 2020-00617D, the SLA denied Applicant’s application for an on-premises liquor license; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has now notified CB5 of its intention to apply for a new on premises wine and beer license; and

WHEREAS, The reasoning behind the Denial Resolution, the Reconsideration Resolution, the Community Opposition, and the Elected Representative Opposition, is the same whether the application is for a liquor license or a wine and beer license; and

WHEREAS, CB5 repeats that, because of the location of the Rooftop mere feet away from residential windows, there is no way the Rooftop can be operated as a bar/lounge/event space without significantly and unreasonably imposing on the residents adjacent to the space; and

WHEREAS, Although CB5 strives to balance the interests of residents and businesses in the district, in this case, the huge potential for negative impact on the adjacent residents cannot be balanced against a rooftop bar in such close proximity to the residences; and

WHEREAS, Although CB5 opposes the location of a rooftop bar at the Premises, CB5 would be willing to work with the Applicant on options other than licensing the Rooftop, for example licensing portions of the interior four (4) floors of the building; and

WHEREAS, Because of the location of the Rooftop Premises immediately adjacent to residential windows, CB5 finds that granting an on-premises wine and beer license for the Premises is NOT in the public interest; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by GLASS CEILING EVENTS, LLC for a new on-premises wine and beer license for the rooftop bar/lounge/event space to be located at 1204 Broadway (between 29th and 30th Streets) New York, New York.

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