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A Greenpoint landlord dropped his proposal to open a Hungarian restaurant in his Newell Street building this week because of loud opposition from neighbors, schoolteachers, and nuns.

Peter Jakab informed Community Board 1 that he will rescind his liquor license application for his storefront on the largely residential block and will instead convert the ground floor of the building near the corner of Driggs Avenue into an apartment.

“The reasons for the withdrawal is the neighborhood’s strong opposition to any type of liquor license at this location due to the residential character of the area,” he wrote in a May 29 letter.

Neighbors said they were “delighted” by his decision.

“We’re feeling a great sense of relief,” said Saint Stanislaus Kostka parish sister Dorothea Jurkowski. “Prayer works. We prayed very hard.”

The building had been the longtime home of the Continental, a rowdy restaurant and bar that catered to the area’s Polish population for years until it closed last December.

Jakab had hoped to turn the sleepy street corner into a foodie destination for Central European cuisine — but Newell Street residents argued that the restaurant should not be allowed to stay open late or serve booze across the street from a Catholic school and a block from a church.

Diplomatic relations failed two weeks ago when Jakab and restaurant critics failed to reach an agreement over the proposed eatery’s operating hours.

Jakab did not return calls for comment.

Community Board 1 member Mieszko Kalita said the restaurateur’s retreat is a smart economic decision.

“It’s a very remote place — it’s really a residential block and I do not believe the restaurant would have a chance of survival there,” said Kalita. “It’s really away from everything. I think he will be much happier with the residential unit.”

The liquor license cancellation is the second about-face in North Brooklyn in the past two months.

A Manhattan nightclub owner pulled his plan for a discotheque on N. First Street last month after staunch community opposition.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
Where can one go now for good Hungarian food in Brooklyn!? I am truly disappointed. For all I care, those sisters can go to hell. Jesus!
June 1, 2012, 8:37 am
ty from pps says:
How does a restaurant staying open "late" interfere (IN ANY WAY) with a school or church?!?

Last time I checked 7:00 - 3:00, Monday to Friday (school) and Sunday mornings aren't at the same time as 10:00pm on Tuesday.
June 1, 2012, 8:53 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Too much weight is given to how long someone has lived in the neighborhood and not enough to how long someone will be living there.
June 1, 2012, 10:44 am
Malembi from BK says:
Really? What a ——ing ——.
June 1, 2012, 1:18 pm
Sean from Brooklyn Crossing says:
"not enough to how long someone will be living there."

Listen, you little, newbie transplant: You have absolutely no idea how long you will reside in Bklyn. (Hopefully, not very long)

If history is any indicator, you come here to party and breed.
Then, once you spawn, you will return to the safety and tranquility of Smallville, USA where you were bred.

Like the locusts' cycle, your nymphs will then return to the city to feed off it, only to return to Smallville and repeat the vicious cycle of destructive mediocrity and conformity that your type relishes.

Remember, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn!
June 1, 2012, 1:53 pm
Norbert from You know says:
Churches and other houses of worshiping mythological beings should go through equal scrutiny. Who wants to live near a bunch of people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping something that doesn't even exist?
June 1, 2012, 1:54 pm
BEDT from Northside says:
So-called "art" galleries and "music" venues worshipping the ether should go through equal scrutiny. Who wants to live near a bunch of people who have dedicated their lives to worshipping their own and others total lack of talent, hoping someone will have sex with them or pay them?
June 1, 2012, 2:24 pm
prillis says:
once again, catholics have proven to be the champion of children.
June 1, 2012, 8:02 pm
mike from GP says:
I'm really not getting the hatred for people who move here. As if somehow people migrating to the city is a new phenomenon, and that nothing ever good has come from people who move here, and don't all stay here. The hatred reveals a really poor understanding of New York's character and history, not to mention a lack of understanding of cities in general.
June 1, 2012, 11:59 pm
ty from pps says:
Mike -- Didn't you know, everyone who is "really" from NYC just magically appeared here. Go back 1,000 generations and everyone in their family has always lived here, always.
June 2, 2012, 9:37 am
Rufus Leaking from Via dela Rosa says:
When the liquor stores are closed on Sunday morning, the church has wine.

Jesus turned water into wine, not the other way around.

Just thinking.
June 2, 2012, 10:06 am
Brooke from Greenpoint says:
I live two doors down from this place. The school hosts activities until 6 or 7 and the bar wanted to stay open until midnight on a weekday. There's a place for that, but not here.

If a liquor license at that address had not been established already, the address would not have been eligible because it's right across the street from a school. That's just the law.

In this hood, there are a lot of pretty intense drunk folk. Some of them can't dry out anymore. The ones who can still dry out enough to have money to drink at a bar -- they'll drink till they're getting into violent fights in the street, drunkenly driving into parked cars, smashing bottles, etc. I felt very unsafe coming home after midnight.
June 14, 2012, 1:55 pm

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