Community Board 5 has had it with former factories looking to open as alcohol-serving event halls.
At last Wednesday’s meeting, all 35 board members voted in opposition to a 600-plus person liquor license for a yet-to-be-named establishment at 56-06 Cooper Ave. in Ridgewood.
CB 5 Chairman Vinny Arcuri and various board members worried that the site is too similar to the Knockdown Center, a former Maspeth factory-turned controversial arts and entertainment venue that battled the board for much of the last year over its unsuccessful attempt to garner a liquor license.
Like the Knockdown Center, the Ridgewood building has a large outdoor space capable of hosting packed events featuring hundreds of people and would like to host live musical acts as well.
“It’s another warehouse, another oversized operation without proper experience in management,” Arcuri said. “We’ve got to be alert to all of these.”
Arcuri expanded on the proposed liquor license in front of the board to discuss all alcohol permits for establishments looking to serve more than 600 people, specifically asking the Land Use and Public Safety committees to study the option of automatically opposing all such sizable liquor permits.
For decades, certain members of CB5 were salivating over the possibility that Ridgewood might be poised for gentrification. Now it's arrived and brought with it "seasonal" hipster party-fests in factories that used to actually provide year-round jobs. This is a classic case of "be careful what you wish for" and "reap what you sow". And this is just the beginning! The applicant is Justin Carter.