Midnight ours! CB6 tells controversial bar to close early on weekends

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Keep it down after midnight!

A Community Board 6 committee demanded on Monday night that a controversial Park Slope bar close its 46-seat outdoor patio by midnight on weekends, saying neighbors aren’t exactly the late-night party types.

“It’s reasonable,” said Pauline Blake, who lives nearby and dreads the boom of boozy voices coming from Prime 6, a 230-person sports bar under construction at Flatbush and Sixth avenues. “Later than that means I’m not going to sleep.”

Prime 6 owner Akiva Ofshtein will fight the resolution, saying that he has invested too much money to boot his open-air cocktail crowd earlier than 1 am, which would be one hour more than some, but not all, of the competing bars nearby.

“I can’t go below the competitive standard,” said Ofshtein, who will open in May. “I’m glad everybody is getting ideas on the table — but the contention is Friday and Saturdays.”

According to the State Liquor Authority, bars can legally serve drinks until 4 am, although bars in quiet neighborhoods often usher open-air drinkers indoors long before that to avoid neighborly rifts.

Park Slopers have been protesting Prime 6 for weeks, saying it will keep them up at all hours, clog streets and lure a rowdy crowd from Barclays Center arena, which will open one block away in 2012.

In an interview last week, Ofshtein explained that he would offer “occasional” lounge-style bottle service — a nightlife trend in which big spenders order full bottles of hard liquor for a table of partiers. Previously, he told the State Liquor Authority that he would have four “security guards” and an outdoor “stand-up bar” with live music.

“It will offer several rooms for private parties, including a basement lounge [and] a large outdoor secluded-dining backyard to be enjoyed during the spring,” Ofshtein’s liquor license application continued.

“There will be large TV screens so that Nets games can be watched.”

At Monday night’s CB6 meeting, Ofshtein told another story, describing plans for a “restaurant” that services, “local meats and vegetables” and offers “free kids brunch on weekends.”

In the big picture, opposition to his bar can be seen as a proxy battle in the long fight over the Atlantic Yards mega-project, which will undoubtedly alter the local nightlife scene once the Barclays Center arena is completed and 19,000 basketball fans descend.

Community Board 6 will take up the issue at its full board meeting at the Prospect Park Residence [1 Prospect Park West at Union Street in Park Slope, (718) 622-8400] on April 13 at 6:30 pm.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018: Includes a minor change that may make a big difference.
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
please go away.
March 29, 2011, 9:55 am
The Worst from Park Slope says:
Noise on Flatbush? To the protestmobile. This will undoubtedly cause rappity rap types to invade Park Slope with their henessey sipping ways and the violence that precedes them. I don't want snoopy dog in Park Slope. It is time for Park Slopers to band together and will dicate how you run your private business located on a noisy thoroughfare.

I am from Park Slope, and I am The Worst.
March 29, 2011, 11:43 am
steve from Park Slope says:
RE: "which is similar to competing bars nearby." This is wrong. The model restaurant/bar nearby is Flatbush Farm, which closes at 11pm 7 days per week, meaning that they stop serving about 10:30PM. This is the example we neighbors want Prime 6 to follow.

We don't know where you got the 1AM figure from, but it is completely wrong and misleading.
March 29, 2011, 2:12 pm
Cheryl from Fort Greene says:

According to Flatbush Farm's website, their bar closes at 2 am every day of the week. The restaurant closes at 11 pm and/or midnight.
March 29, 2011, 3:10 pm
John from Park Slope says:
Its a lost cause, this is all the neighborhood is going to become once the Nets Arena is built, There's only so much a bunch of NIMBYs can do at this point. Its going to be like living across the street from Madison Square Garden. Time to sell, cash out, and move to the next spot in Brooklyn that will get taken over by gentrification in years to come.
March 29, 2011, 4:09 pm
Pher from Prospect Heights says:
A bar that has an outdoor seating area with live music should be regulated by government agencies (including Community Boards) responsible to local residents, who in turn have the right to voice concern and grievance, Barclays Center or no Barclays Center.

In the larger context, it is to be expected that local communities who were utterly shut out of the review and approval of Atlantic Yards would now use every means available to mitigate the impact of the arena to their neighborhoods. Entrepreneurs looking to open bars in expectation of arena business take note: Forest City Ratner may be able to stonewall the public (and the jury is literally still out on that one), but you attempt to do so at your own risk.
March 30, 2011, 10:05 am
DC from Slope says:
What was the name of the bar in Chelsea that battled with their neighbors and ended up having disgusting things tossed on their patrons from the overlooking apartments?

This guy might want to consider playing a little nicer with the neighbors. I don't live near the place but if my backyard faced theirs I would be ready to fight fire with fire.
April 2, 2011, 12:27 pm

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