Williamsburg Votes to Ban Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll

04/11/2011 12:33 PM |

The people on the right want to ban the people on the left

  • The people on the right want to ban the people on the left

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.

Welcome to Squaresville, everybody.

Community Board 1 will debate the proposal, in hushed whispers, at tomorrow night’s public meeting.


2 Comment

  • There must be 40+ bars in Williamsburg and 20 or so in Greenpoint.

    Do we really need any more?

    There’s a lot of animosity from people in a neighborhood that was once quiet and residential and is now being squeezed by young hipsters in Williamsburg to the south and now Greenpoint to the north.

    People should have fun, but they also should have respect for their neighbors.

    And it’s entirely reasonable if people in “Squaresville” should want some peace and quiet when they “might” be sleeping.

    I don’t support a total ban on liquor licenses, but there has to be some kind of limit.

    There’s too much of an attitude from young people with a lot of money to spend and too much time on their hands that they can come in, take over and do what they want. That’s just not fair.


  • I think a complete ban is a little ridiculous. Continuing to consider them on a case by case basis is appropriate. Considering things like the purpose of the establishment (e.g. restaurant vs. music venue vs. straight up bar), indoor vs. outdoor seating, the variety of establishements already in the area, the residential makeup of the location, etc. That being said, there is a huge amount of bars in these neighborhoods, so I don’t know how many more we “need”. But discouraging local business isn’t good for us either.