There’s Hope! “Long Island City restaurateurs hit roadblocks in bids for backyard seating…”

Long Island City restaurateurs hit roadblocks in bids for backyard seating

Two eatery owners say it’s nearly impossible to open up rear outdoor seating in the booming dining district.

BY LISA L. COLANGELO, MELISSA CHAN, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Monday, June 30, 2014, 2:00 AM

Sometimes good fences aren’t enough to make good neighbors.

A Long Island City restaurateur claims a “moratorium” on backyard gardens has taken a bite out of the booming dining district after his bid for outdoor seating was nixed twice.

“There’s a high demand in this area for nice dining options outside,” said Alobar owner Jeff Blath. “People love coming here for brunch, but on a nice day they want to sit outside. They just go somewhere else.”

Blath, 40, offered to install high fences, ban external audio speakers and close at 10 p.m. to get approval, but his bid has been rejected by Community Board 2 twice since 2010 due to noise complaints from residents.

“We look at everything on a case by case basis,” said Joseph Conley, who chairs the board and insisted no moratorium on backyard gardens exists. “There was uproar from his neighbors directly affected.”…

For full article click here.

And then come back and make sure you have the latest flyer and blank petitions, and get your neighbors to the Community Board 11 Meeting, Wednesday, October 1 at 6 PM. 1664 Park Avenue at 117th Street.

Do You Have Children or Someone Else In Your Home Whose Wellbeing Will Be Affected By The Expansion Of This Bar?

There’s no question about it. Almost everyone we talked to in the neighborhood these past 2 weeks dislikes Earl’s for the current street noise, and for the current cigarette smoking of Earl’s customers, who stand outside the bar, puffing away, completely oblivious as their smoke and chatter are wafting up to and into the windows of the apartments above  and around them.

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If the potential expansion of Earl’s into the adjoining backyard is approved, your entire sense of wellbeing as well as your sleep will be even more disrupted by the noise, cigarette, food, and beer odors coming from the additional bar customers in the backyard. And more customers in the backyard means more of Earl’s customers hanging out in the front on Park Avenue, with even more chatter and smoke billowing into the windows of the apartments above.

Who knows, maybe Earl’s will soon have a velvet rope-line with a doorman and a bouncer…and a fancy ashtray / concrete plant potter…

Back to reality:

If you have a newborn or infant who needs regular rest, or if you have school-age children whose ability to concentrate on their studies after school will be disrupted by the noise in the backyard, and who will not be able to get a good, quiet, restful, full nights sleep from the noise and smells coming in their windows from the bar in the backyard, we need to hear from you.

If you or someone living with you is pregnant, or is being treated for high blood pressure, stress, or other ailments where a lack of regular, uninterrupted rest and peace and quiet could affect your or their health, we need to hear from you.

If you know a neighbor who fits the above description, PLEASE show them this page and please have them get in touch with us ASAP.

We can be  reached at 9798lexpark@gmail.com or by phone at 929-286-1913.

Don’t delay. The Community Board 11 meeting to approve or disapprove the expansion of this bar is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21.

We need to hear from you now, especially if you have children and/or health concerns.

We need your signatures on the online petitions and on the hard copy petitions.

And we need you to know if you can show up at the Community Board Meeting.  

If you have specific quality of life and/or health issues that will be affected by this bar expanding intruding into the shared air of our backyards, please contact us 9798lexpark@gmail.com or by phone at 929-286-1913.

Sincerely,

Your 97-98 Lex & Park Neighbors.

Flyer for Community Board Meeting and Petition

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“Did you hear? There’s a bar on the block trying to expand, and they are going to  CREATE A SIXTY SEAT BEER GARDEN be serving dozens of their customers in the backyard next to ours!”

“NO!”

“Yes!”

Do you know what that noise is going to be like when we are trying to sleep or relax?

We need to tell our neighbors!” 

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Please print and distribute our one page PDF to your neighbors.

Click on FLYERev5OnLine to display, print or save to your computer or mobile device for forwarding.

Remember, the good night’s sleep you preserve just might be your own…

Audio of Crowd and Bar Noise You Can Expect Outside Your Backyard Window

This 23 second audio excerpt is from a brief visit to Earl’s Beer and Cheese over the recent holiday weekend, when there were only 10 people inside, including 2 staff.

Listen to it here:

Imagine what it will sound like when they have 5-10 times that number of people out in the backyard, drinking, clinking glasses, smoking, with the music so loud Earl’s 50-100 customers will be shouting over it  just to be heard.

Of course, you will hear them clearly in the backyard of 1259 Park, outside your window, till 2 AM every night…the noise will echo gainst the brick and masonry walls of all our buildings.

Think the ambulances sirens and Metro North train whistles are distracting?…

Sign the Petition and COME TO THE COMMUNITY BOARD 11 MEETING, Wednesday, 6 PM and preserve your sanity and your neighborhood.

How would you like a bar in your backyard, with people smoking outside your window?

Smoking is prohibited in the following outdoor areas of public places, except as otherwise restricted in accordance with the provisions below:

1. Outdoor dining areas of restaurants with no roof or other ceiling enclosure; provided, however, that smoking may be permitted in a contiguous outdoor area designated for smoking so long as such area: (i) constitutes no more than twenty-five percent of the outdoor seating capacity of such restaurant; (ii) is at least three feet away from the outdoor area of such restaurant not designated for smoking; and (iii) is clearly designated with written signage as a smoking area.

Above info is from page 12 at nyc.gov here.

2002 NYC Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA)  § 17-501 NYC; “Smoke-Free Air Act.”17-503, C

UPDATED: Sign the Petition: Plan To Attend Community Board 11’s OCTOBER 1st Meeting: Stop Noisy Bars From Expanding Into Our Backyards.

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Click on image above to enlarge: see which buildings will be affected by noisy drunks, kitchen odors, and cigarettes from Earl’s Beer and Cheese expanding in the backyard at 1259 Park Ave. (97th & 98th).

“BREAKING NEWS” Community Board 11  has advised us that Earl’s has withdrawn their application (to expand into the backyard at 1259 Park Avenue) from the September 3rd meeting, and that they plan to re–present it WEDNESDAY, October 1, at 6 PM.

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97-98 LexPark Neighbors still need to sign the Petitions, AND be prepared for Wednesday October 1 at 6 PM to attend the October meeting at Community Board 11, 1664 Park Avenue, between 117th and 118th Streetsto oppose the expansion of Earl’s Beer and Cheese into the backyard behind 1259 Park Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets.
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VIP: Please call or email us with contact info or a phone number in case the Community Board meeting location is changed due to extra attendance!
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Even if you do not live in or immediately adjacent to 1259 Park, YOUR BUILDING WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE NOISE, cooking smells and cigarette smoke; and if this bar is allowed to expand, our 97-98 Lexington/Park Avenue neighborhood will turn into a haven for loud, late night bars with crowds and noise.

Don’t we have enough noise from the ambulances, the buses stacked up on Park Avenue, and the cross-town traffic across 97th Street? Do we have to stay up all night listening to people “partying” till 2 AM every night?

Click on this link and listen to how loud it is at Earl’s with only a handful of customers

Community Board 11 can refuse permission for the expansion, if they hear from enough neighbors whose quality of life will be heavily diminished by the noise, cigarette smoke, and the rowdy crowds that this bar expansion will bring.

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Earls Beer & Cheese LLC d/b/a Earl’s Beer & Cheese. Alteration of existing partial liquor license (#1270518) at 1259 Park Avenue to include outdoor seating.

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Are you excited about a beer joint in the backyard adjacent to your bedroom windows?

Are you looking forward to hearing intoxicated people shouting and laughing outside your windows, blasting music and cigarette smoke? Impatient to hear the clinking and clamor of beer bottles and glasses all through the night, as you try and rest from your stressful job, or as you or your kids try and study for an exam?

Re the photo above, the red arrows show you the 13 buildings whose rear apartments either surround the backyard or are adjacent and share horizontal air and noise exposure with it. Over a dozen buildings with hundreds of neighbors in rear-apartments face ether directly into the above yard, or their rear yards abut and share the air (and sights, sounds and smells) with Earl’s proposed backyard bar expansion.

Add in the high rise at 1510 Lexington, hundreds more neighbors will be within a few hundred feet of the shared airspace leading to the expanded outdoor bar, with the noise echoing through the narrow canyon of the backs of those brick and masonry buildings. FYI, they have already started gutting the backyard and changing the grade without any building permits, showing their contempt for their neighbors’ safety, and for the law… Not a good sign of their future conduct.

Talk to your neighbors tonight and tomorrow, and have them sign the online and hard copy petitions as soon as possible.

Prepare your neighbors to come to the CB meeting in early October (sign up for email alerts and check back for the exact date) and say “NO” to turning our block into a mecca for beer joints and singles bars.

Remember, even if you don’t live directly on top of or adjacent to 1259 Park, if we don’t stop this one, the next one could be directly under your window.

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If you want to maintain some semblance of residential peace and quiet in this neighborhood, please sign up bellow for email alerts on this and other issues relevant for those who live and/or work in or around 97th and 98th Street, Park to Lexington Avenues. (we will NEVER sell or give away your contact info).