Thursday, August 18, 2016

Recent Events and How to Take Action



PLEASE - if you If you live in Park Slope on Prospect Place between Flatbush and 5th Ave, or on 6th Avenue between St. Marks and Park Place, please take a moment to complete our "census" at http://census.prospectplaceneighbors.org


In light of the events of this past Monday night, we wanted to share a couple pieces of important information. We are also sharing this post through our Twitter account, @ProspectPl, and our Facebook page.

A number of residents have asked when the next "CB 6 permits" meeting is. The next meeting of the Community Board 6 Environmental Protection, Permits, and Licenses meeting is Monday August 22, at 6:30 at the Cobble Hill Community Room at 250 Baltic Street.

Neither Monday night's incident nor the renewals of any of the "Flatbush bars" (Bleacher's, Woodland, Barn, and Sugarcane) are on the agenda. As a reminder neither CB6 nor the EPPL committee specifically have the power to issue, renew, or revoke alcohol permits. CB6 is an advisory-only body to represent, in the case of alcohol permits, the community to the State Liquor Authority. Timing wise, this is the first public meeting at which there might possibly be an opportunity for the public to discuss what happened, but only if a chance for comment is afforded the public, which is at the discretion of the chairs. Again, none of the "Flatbush bars" are on the agenda.

Second, the 78th Precinct Council, unfortunately given the timing, does not meet in August. The next meeting will be the last Tuesday of September. The next meeting will be your chance to discuss policing concerns related to the Flatbush bars and ongoing activity on our blocks by patrons of these bars before and after they visit these establishments, especially late at night. Arguably the 78th Precinct Council meeting will be more important than any CB6 meetings in terms of a follow-up to Monday night's events.

Finally, there have been numerous requests made as to who to email or call about what happened. Below is a partial list of local elected officials and "powers that be" to write.

As always we encourage you to be specific and where possible cite specific 311 or 911 calls and the response when expressing quality of life concerns. More generally, you must call (or use the app for) 311 (or 911 if necessary -- e.g., if someone comes on to your private property uninvited) EVERY time there is an issue. If there is no evidence and paper trail of issues, there is little governmental bodies can or will do.

We also suggest you be specific about what you'd recommend be changed. Some suggestions include changing back the parking on 6th Avenue between St. Mark's and Prospect Place from metered parking to alternate side parking, as well as increased patrols and responsiveness by the NYPD to North Slope complaints and concerns.
  • ​Mayor's Office
    • Daniel Abramson: ​DAbramson@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • City Public Advocate Letitia James: ljames@pubadvocate.nyc.gov
  • Borough Presidents Office
    • Jeff Lowell: jlowel@brooklynbp.nyc.gov (POC for CB6)
  • State Senator Jesse Hamilton (east side of 6th Ave, odd numbers): hamilton@nysenate.gov
  • State Senator Velmanette Montomery (west side of 6th Ave):​ montgome@senate.state.ny.us
  • ​Assembly Member Joanne Simon: simonj@assembly.state.ny.us
  • State Liquor Authority
    • Michael Smith, Michael.Smith@sla.ny.gov
  • ​City Councilperson
    • Brad Lander: ​lander@council.nyc.gov​
    • His Staff
      • Rachel Goodman, ​rgoodman@council.nyc.gov
      • Catherine Zinnell, ​czinnel@council.nyc.gov
  • 78th Precinct Community Council ​
    • ​Wayne Bailey, 78thPCCP@gmail.com
  • 78th Precinct Community Affairs
    • J​erry Galante -> ​​jerry.galante@nypd.org
    • Brian Laffey --> brian.laffey@nypd.org​ 
  • ​CB6
    • ​Sayar Lonial, Chair, sayar.lonial@nyu.edu
    • ​Craig Hammerman, District manager, districtmanager@brooklyncb6.org
    • Ty Beatty, Assistant District Manager, adm@BrooklynCB6.org

Friday, July 19, 2013

Statement from Prospect Place Neighbors Re SLA Disapproval of Kemistry Liquor License

Statement from Prospect Place Neighbors Re SLA Disapproval of Kemistry Liquor License

July 19, 2013

On Wednesday the New York State Liquor Authority (“SLA”) disapproved the application by Kemistry to open a nightclub on a stretch of Flatbush and Prospect Place in North Park Slope at 260 Flatbush Avenue. The community thanks Chairman Rosen, Commissioner Greene, and the Deputy Commissioners for taking seriously the concerns of our neighborhood, the local businesses and residents, Community Board 6, and various elected officials.

Our community continues to be pro-business and in favor of responsible development. As residents, we welcome working together with businesses, as partners, to craft developments and solutions that work for all.

Kemistry in its many proposed formats simply did not work for this primarily residential community and block. It would have been more than twice the size of any other nearby venue. Kemistry’s hours, slated to be open until 3am on most school nights and 4am on weekends, would have been significantly different and later than other businesses, including the Barclays Center. An entrance onto the residential street of Prospect Place would have been disruptive at all times of day and without local precedent. And the introduction of hostess-served hard alcohol bottle service at tables would have been something new for Park Slope, Prospect Heights, North Flatbush, and the area as a whole.

We trust that whatever business eventually joins our neighborhood, takes into account the unique site- and neighborhood- friendly nature of the community. We look forward to the development of the space at 260 Flatbush.

We wish to thank the following groups, boards, and individuals for their role in this matter:

  • Chairman Rosen, Commissioner Greene, and the State Liquor Authority
  • Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Community Liaison Josh Levin
  • State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Director of Technology & Downstate Communications Jim Vogel
  • New York City Council Member Stephen Levin and his Chief of Staff Ashley Thompson
  • Kai Feder of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
  • Community Board 6, including Chairperson Daniel Kummer, Permits & Licenses Committee Chair Gary Reilly, and District Manager Craig Hammerman
  • The North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID), including Executive Director Sharon Davidson, President Regina Cahill, and Class A Business Owners Michael Pintchnik and Mathew Pintchik
  • Pauline Blake and the 78th Precinct Community Council
  • The Park Slope Civic Council
  • Park Slope Neighbors
  • Sterling Place Neighbors
  • Saint Marks Avenue Association
  • Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform
  • North Flatbush Neighbors

Any/all further inquires about this matter may be directed to

Peter Adelman, Esq.
padelman@theadelmanfirm.com

Sincerely,
Prospect Place Neighbors
@ProspectPl

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23 Letter to Interested Parties

TO: Interested Parties, Media Outlets, and Press Contacts
FROM: Prospect Place Neighbors (prospectplaceneighbors.org)
RE: Liquor license sought by Kemistry LLC
DATE: April 23, 2012

SUBJECT: Prospect Place Neighbors Press Points for CB6 Meeting about Kemistry lounge

Please be aware that the next CB6 meeting will be held Monday April 23rd at 6:30 PM at Prospect Park YMCA (357 9th Street, 7th floor).Along with fellow neighborhood residents, Prospect Place Neighbors will be attending this meeting to discuss the liquor license sought by Kemistry LLC and represent the interests of the residents on and near the block bounded by Prospect Place, 6th Avenue, St. Marks Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope.

Headlines:
  • Kemistry Lounge would be the largest nightclub in central Brooklyn with a capacity of 225 people on two floors with live performances, DJs, a full bar, and dancing.
  • Kemistry Lounge would be the first establishment doing hostess-served hard alcohol bottle service in Park Slope and Prospect Heights, and only the second in all of Brooklyn.
    • According to City Council member Melinda Katz: bottle service rastically increases patrons' incentive to drink intemperately and promotes dangerous levels of drunkenness' and facilitates 'service to minors.'
  • Kemistry Lounge plans exit and large windows onto a quiet residential block of Prospect Place.
    • Despite a commitment at the previous CB6 meeting to “brick up” the back entrance to Prospect Place to address resident concerns, Kemistry has now rescinded on this commitment.
  • The proposed night club is within 500 feet of 8 establishments with full liquor licenses (http://lamp.sla.ny.gov/nysla/index.htm), is on a block with 6 storefronts of preschool facilities (www.eladiaskids.com and www.kinderstuffdaycare.com) and is completely out of scale with a residential neighborhood.
  • Though we believed – and continue to believe – that Kemistry is simply not site appropriate, we honored the request by the CB6 to negotiate in good faith with Kemistry, facilitated by the North Flatbush BID, to seek a set of stipulations that could address the community’s most pressing concerns. After a frustrating experience attempting to negotiate reasonable terms including hours, bottle service and bricking up the rear window, our conviction remains that Kemistry is an incompatible business for the proposed location that refuses to negotiate with the community in good faith. We ask that Community Board 6 reject the Kemistry Lounge liquor license application.
More information about Prospect Place Neighbors can be found at:
Our email address is prospectplaceneighbors@gmail.com

Additionally, we have set up a web site - North Flatbush Neighbors (northflatbushneighbors.org), in order to organize and mobilize both our block as well as the residents of surrounding blocks in Prospect Heights and Park Slope that are concerned with out-of-scale and out-of-context new business development in our neighborhood. More information can be found at:


Our full press kit for tonight's CB6 meeting is available as a Google Doc here:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

About Prospect Place Neighbors

Prospect Place Neighbors ("PPN") is a pro-business group of residents (both property owners and tenants) who advocate for the Prospect Place block in Park Slope between Flatbush and 5th Ave, as well as surrounding streets 6th Ave (St. Mark's to Park Pl) and Flatbush Ave (6th Ave to Prospect Pl).  We support in-scale, in-context development of our block. Our group exists to deal with any and all pressing issues facing our block. The most urgent issue right now is the plan for the Kemistry nightclub at 260 Flatbush and that is the sole focus of PPN at this time.

On Facebook, we are "Prospect Place Neighbors" if you would like to "friend" us. Please also follow us on Twitter - our handle is @ProspectPl. Our e-mail address is prospectplaceneighbors@gmail.com

We are affiliated with North Flatbush Neighbors ("NFN"). Like PPN, North Flatbush Neighbors is pro-business. NFN is an organization of local Prospect Heights and Park Slope residents and block associations concerned with over-development and out-of-scale/out-of-context development in North Flatbush. North Flatbush Neighbors was created to organize and coordinate among local block associations and residents, on both sides of Flabush, as we all work together to protect our homes and neighborhood character. North Flatbush Neighbors is particularly concerned with announced plans for new nightclubs like Kemistry as well as emerging plans for the arrival of chains such as Hooters.