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PRYM 1216 Basement LLC, dba “Jewel Thief”, 1214-1216 Broadway (Between 29th and 30th Streets), New York, NY, application for change in method of operation

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2023, the following resolution passed with a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, PRYM 1216 Basement LLC (“Applicant”), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply for an alteration to an existing on-premises liquor license for a bar and restaurant establishment located at 1214-1216 Broadway (between 29th and 30th Streets), New York, NY (the “Premises”); and

WHEREAS, In 2019, Applicant appeared before CB5 in connection with its application for an on-premises liquor license and at that time, Applicant delivered an executed affidavit whereby Applicant agreed to various conditions and stipulations, upon which CB5 relied on for recommending approval of the on-premises liquor license; and

WHEREAS, Among other conditions and stipulations, Applicant agreed to hours of operation from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM Monday through Saturday and 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM on Sunday and no live music, DJs, or dancing; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has now requested to extend its hours of operation until 4:00 AM Monday through Saturday and 3:00 AM on Sunday; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is located on a mixed-use block, with several residential buildings in addition to a number of other licensed restaurant and bar operations; and

WHEREAS, Community members have expressed that poor practices of operators on the block have contributed to deterioration in quality of life in the form of noise, poor sanitation conditions, and reduction in public safety; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has found that 2:00 AM closing has been effective in balancing needs of bar and nightlife businesses while reasonably preserving quality of life in a mixed-use neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Many other operations in this area successfully coexist with hours of operation ending no later than 2:00AM; and

WHEREAS, Given the mixed demographics of this location and the need for businesses and residents to coexist there, hours of operation later than 2:00AM are not appropriate; and

WHEREAS, An extension to the Applicant’s operating hours would create a precedent for new and other existing operators on the block to seek similar operating hours to the detriment of the balance between residents and businesses on this block; and

WHEREAS, Although some community members recognized the Applicant as a good operator and constructive contributor to the block, those same residents and many others submitted written and spoken testimony in opposition to the proposed changes, citing factors including existing noise levels on the block, unruly crowds in the late evening, and the importance of keeping a consistent closing time for all operators on the block; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five finds that an extension of operating hours beyond 2:00 AM would have a material adverse effect on quality of life in the neighborhood and set a destructive precedent for existing and future operators on the block; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by PRYM 1216 Basement LLC, dba “Jewel Thief”, to alter the method of operation of its bar and restaurant establishment at 1214-1216 Broadway (Between 29th and 30th Streets), New York, NY.

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