The guys who run Elsa, a lounge in Alphabet City (where Hanger Bar used to be), want to open a 66-seat wine bar, called City of Daughters (after a Destroyer album), on Grand Street, near Keap, a quiet block in the corner of Williamsburg between Union, Metropolitan and the BQE. Their application for a liquor license, the Brooklyn Paper‘s Aaron Short reports, was tabled by Community Board 1, after a local homeowner presented a petition “with nearly two dozen” signatures from neighbors opposing a bar in their immediate vicinity.
“’It’s not about the bar,’” Short quotes petition organizer Candy Harder as saying. “‘I think the bar would be fine. It’s about the people getting to the bar, leaving the bar, and standing outside the bar that would be disruptive.'” If only there were a way to have the bar without the people!
Bar owners Jason and Scott Schneider remain hopeful that they can win the approval of residents by compromising on the bar’s backyard and possibly on its hours, and by charming suspicious neighbors with sophisticated cheese plates. The bar, they say, will serve “a quieter crowd,” not “groups of 23- or 24-year-olds throwing up all over the place,” the bane of homeowners all over this city.