The sparring match between the Knockdown Center and the community over the arts and entertainment venue's liquor license application is over, for now, with the opposed residents and elected officials winning by way of knockout.
The State Liquor Authority denied the liquor license application of the Knockdown Center, the controversial former factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, on Tuesday afternoon, with the overwhelming community opposition to the venue cited as the main reason for denial.
"We have gotten strong community opposition from all corners," SLA chairman Dennis Rosen said. "As far as we know, they did not change their position."
Rosen also expressed uneasiness about the lack of late-night public transportation in the area around the Knockdown Center and the nearly one-mile walk to the closest L subway line stop as secondary reasons for the denial.
In addition, a May 8th M.I.A. concert has been cancelled. I suppose not enough people want to see a show on a Thursday night in Maspeth that they can see on Saturday night in Manhattan. Duh.