May 6, 2015
Short update, more to follow.
Late yesterday afternoon, the NY State Liquor Authority denied the application of Earl’s Beer and Cheese to serve beer and wine in their backyards, yards faced in by hundreds of residents in eleven walk-up buildings on the Western half of East 97th and 98th Streets, between Park and Lexington. That’s in the southern end of East Harlem. Or the northern end of the Upper East Side… aka us, 97-98 Lexington and Park Ave. Neighbors…
Towards the end of the NY SLA hearing, the attorney for Earl’s repeated previously-voiced threats that if they lost the hearing, the owner, Michael Cesari, will serve food-only in the backyards, 7 days a week.
In our humble opinion, given the overwhelming consensus of the SLA agreeing with the majority of the rear-window-facing neighbors who objected to Cesari (or anyone else!) doing any business in the residential backyards, Cesari will be doing this out of spite, and his customers should know about it.
… for some yelping…
Today, Wed. May, 6, at 6 PM, Cesari’s other bar, ABV, a block away on Lexington, is scheduled at the CB11M Licensing and Permits Committee meeting to ask for approval on an unenclosed, sidewalk cafe. Similar to when he first applied for Earl’s expansion, it appears from the photos below that Mr. Cesari has again neglected to post his 7 day notice as required under the current regs of CB11M.
Join us at CB11M at this meeting and tell them to deny his application till he follows the rules, and tell them to review and revise the soft-as -silk-for-bar-owners-the-hell-with-the-neighbors rules :
NYC Needs Resident-Focused Policies For Backyard/Rooftop/Sidewalk Bars
VIP: if the above brief policy review meets with your approval, email the politicians here with the above link, and tell them to review it, and move the CB to adopt as much of it as possible!
We will post more details on the recent hearing soon, including some good backstory. Meanwhile, thanks to all who helped gather petitons, called politicians, leafletted, and forwarded emails and faxes! (
Manhattan Community Board 11 is located at:
1664 Park Avenue (btwn 117th & 118th Sts.), Ground Floor
New York, New York 10035
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You will notice the only things posted are his menus, wine list, hours of business, and Dept. of Health grade.
“Tsk, tsk, we don’t need no stinkin’ regulations! We’re the bar-king of the neighborhood, and only you grumpy people who don’t like the sound of my shouting customers drifting in your windows need regulations!”
PS – Our gratitude to the NY SLA, both downstate and in Albany for putting up with our first time pro se manners. They were strict, and more importantly, they were fair.
Also a hat tip to and major thanks for last minute encouragement from Lower East Side Dwellers.
And our hearts were blessed by the memory of Janet Freeman, a good friend and incredible activist, who passed away too soon, 4 years ago last week.
Our continued thoughts for her family…