The push for peace and quiet in Brooklyn took a strange turn last week when the chairman of Community Board 1, which encompasses Williamsburg and Greenpoint, suggested a moratorium on all new liquor licenses. Bars in Williamsburg, the chairman argued, result in the “‘over proliferation’ of raunchy sex, public urination, illicit drug use, and loud music,” the New York Post reported. “Community board staffers say that they have received a rising number of complaints from residents about excessive noise and late-night revelry from many new bars.”
Neighbors to the north in Greenpoint recently rejected plans for a summertime bazaar over, among other things, concerns that it might make too much noise. A popular concert series in Coney Island was recently forced to move after members of nearby synagogues petitioned for it to relocate because of noise complaints. And residents in Park Slope are working to make the owner of an in-development night club close earlier than his nearby competitors because of concerns the establishment will generate too much noise.
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Community Board 1 will debate the proposal, in hushed whispers, at tomorrow night’s public meeting.