The Board of Standards and Appeals will host a hearing about the Rock and Roll Playhouse

TUESDAY: Neighbors to give city an earful about Gowanus kids rock club

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A planned kid-friendly bar, restaurant, and venue in Gowanus that locals say is going to flood the neighborhood with noise and boozed-up music fans will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday morning.

Activists with the not-on-my-street-corner group We Are Gowanus sued the city this summer to force a formal decision on the proposed Rock and Roll Playhouse, a kid-friendly bar and restaurant by day that would host performances in the evening, which they said would violate zoning. The city approved the venue and now the feisty neighbors are appealing and urging sympathizers to pack the meeting and help sink the project.

“Hired experts, along with members of this committee, have compiled a thorough dossier of information that supports our case,” We Are Gowanus wrote in an e-mail announcement.

The kids bar is the brainchild of Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, who has insisted that the establishment will be an eatery and learning center with music classes for youngsters during the day and a low-key jazz lounge and theater after 8pm — not an out-of-control concert hall.

Public hearing on the Rock and Roll Playhouse [Board of Standards and Appeals, Spector Hall, 22 Reade St. at Elk Street in Manhattan, (212) 386-0079,]. Jan. 14 at 10 am.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Beating Brents says:
It's so funny. Remember before the hips/yups arrived - Brooklynites had no problem with where eating, drinking, and entertainment establishments were or where to place them. It was simple.

Now almost every week some nasally Tristan is trying to open some zaaaaany place in a weird location and of course the yups who have been here a verrry long time (9 years) oppose it because their idea of cool is a gallery that displays Gowanus fecal sludge on canvas as art or some $45 artisanal pie and coffee shop.

Just get out of Brooklyn already and go have your pretentious wars back in Culdesacia, WI.
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:41 am
bitter old man from diehipsterville says:
you kids get off of my lawn!
Jan. 13, 2014, 9:11 am
ty from pps says:
Wow. So, yuppies have only been in Park Slope and the surrounding areas for 9 years?! You learn something new everyday. Thank you, diehipster, for your meaningful contributions to the city. You are truly a magnificent piece of crap... err... citizen.
Jan. 13, 2014, 10:14 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Remember back when real Brooklynites didn't have to scrape diehipster off their shoes every day, like they do now?
Jan. 13, 2014, 11:24 am
diehipster from Beating Brents says:
Wow. So no yuppies or hipsters have moved to that area in the last nine years or 8 or 5 or 3 or 1 Ty? Ahh, just another one of my hallucinations.

I love how none of the yupster commentors on here can ever disprove any of the ridiculous stuff I observe about the invasion but can only try to goof on me. I love it.
Jan. 13, 2014, 11:35 am
ty from pps says:
Seriously... Talk to you doctor and/or learn to read.
Jan. 13, 2014, 12:16 pm
K. from ArKady says:
God, that looks lame. Anyone remember the old Toy Bar in Park Slope? That's how you rolled, Brooklyn.

Thanks for the memories, crazy old lady Nash, and thanks for sticking the slope newbs in the eye with your eyesore. So glad I had a chance to enjoy the real Brooklyn before it got turned into a theme park for wealthy kidults.
Jan. 13, 2014, 1:20 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
ty: Pardon me, and I hate to be the one to have to say this, but doctors don't usually teach "people" (and I use that term loosely when referring to this deadhipster charactor) how to read. It is possible, however, that they could give him a referral. I hope this helps and thanks for reading.
John Wasserman
Jan. 13, 2014, 3:54 pm
Lala from Brooklyn says:
Here's the rub. Shapiro isn't lying. His intentions are to create exactly what he's laid out. His flaw was that he inserted his own name and Bowl brand into the equation; when he should have let a nameless, faceless LLC do all the bidding. Pride and ego screwed the pooch. He should have seen that people in this area would have some trepidation about bringing in a new business attached to Brooklyn Bowl's name. Next time around, Peter, be quiet about who you are with new, non-Bowl businesses, and you probably will get a different outcome.
Jan. 13, 2014, 5:20 pm
s from bklyn says:
This story doesn't even mention the address. Not news, just designed to drum up controversy!
Jan. 14, 2014, 1:07 pm
dipster from Brooklyn says:
The proposed nite-club would abut the back yards of a number of 3rd-generation Carrol Garden's families--who have also contributed to hiring the lawyer to defend the families.
"diehipster" again doesn't know what he/she is talking about; probably never knew who lived in the neighborhood anyway.
Jan. 14, 2014, 4:22 pm
15 year old needs a drink, now from HOBO says:
Just what is a KID-FRIENDLY-BAR anyway?
Jan. 14, 2014, 4:24 pm

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