Vue vexes nabe

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Residents on the border of Park Slope are wishing they didn’t have rooms with a Vue.

Neighbors of the Vue rooftop bar and restaurant atop Hotel Le Bleu are seeing red over the throbbing bass lines and raucous partying that wake them at all hours of the night.

“I feel horrible,” said neighbor Cynthia Siminoff, who said she has been enduring the noise for weeks. “I can’t sleep.”

Local resident Matt Hall said he and his wife have also faced the same unwelcome wall of sound. “We are woken up by it,” he said.

Siminoff has called 311, Community Board 6, the 78th Precinct, and petitioned local elected officials for assistance. She also went directly to the restaurant/bar asking it to keep the noise down.

Hall said he and his neighbors in the Novo building have also urged the Vue to tone it down.  “They were usually nice on the phone, and will sometimes turn it down, but it usually doesn’t last,” he noted.

But help might be on the way for the Vue’s weary neighbors. Ronnie Ivey, the owner of the rooftop restaurant, said that within a week, work will be completed on a soundproof awning that will enclose the din. “It’s a Plexiglass awning that comes with metal beams,” he noted, “Any music will hit the soundproof walls and stay inside the place.”

Ivey, of Sheepshead Bay, said his manager met with the 78th Precinct on Wednesday, a day after Hall lodged a public complaint about the matter to the 78th Precinct Community Council. At the meeting, Deputy Inspector John Argenziano assured him, “We are going to take care of it.”

The Vue, 370 Fourth Avenue,  holds a maximum of 115 people and is open seven days a week, until 3 a.m. Ivey said the soundproof barrier is “pricey,” but worth it. “I don’t blame them, people want to sleep nice at night.”

Siminoff said the intent of her activism is not to put anyone out of business. “But I don’t want to live dreading Friday or Saturday night. That’s not right either.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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