Night cap! Bushwick mulls midnight last call on Sundays

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Last call might come early in Bushwick.

Community activists are trying to force bars to close at midnight on Sundays in an attempt to offer neighbors a weekly reprieve from nightlife noise, which is a major problem in the quickly gentrifying area where some pubs stay open until 4 am daily, according to Community Board 4 district manager Nadine Whitted.

“If something is open until 4 am every day and they have children upstairs, they need a break,” she said. “We are only asking this on Sundays so that people can rest and be able to get ready for school.”

CB4’s full board voted last week to codify the nightlife containment policy.

The board — which has no actual control over liquor licenses — adopted a uniform approach to stanch the influx of party culture in Bushwick, urging the State Liquor Authority to implement a Sunday curfew on all new bars seeking a license and every existing venue that comes up for renewal.

State Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley claims his agency places great weight on the recommendations of community boards, but said decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

“Quite often, the liquor board and community boards will come to agreements and we’ll add that to the stipulation,” said Crowley.

By calling for a Sunday shutdown on every application, CB4 guarantees that liquor license bids won’t be rubberstamped.

“We won’t approve of it at the staff level if there’s opposition,” said Crowley. “It has to go before the three-member board in an open meeting.”

But neighborhood nightlife entrepreneurs say the added regulation will hurt their bottom line.

“We’ll find a way to compensate,” said Lou Lappin, co-owner of Myrtle Avenue’s Gotham City Lounge, who called the regulation “arbitrary.”

“All the bars will find a new way to make money.”

For Gotham City Lounge, that might mean opening seven days per week instead of staying dark on Mondays.

This is not the first time a community board has tried to impose stiff regulations on fun in Brooklyn. Three years ago, Park Slope activists tried to shutter outdoor patios at 11 pm.

And last year, Community Board 1 members got serious about cracking down on outdoor brunchers in Williamsburg and Greenpoint in the short-lived War on Brunch.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Hanging Haydens says:
I'm absolutely shocked that the "vibrant & creative" community of Ye Olde Bozwick has the ability to stay out till 4 am on any given weekday - you know, when you calculate their responsibilities: waking up at noon; getting fair trade latte; making art; bicycle riding; brunch; graffiti photography; banjo sessions in subway; banjo tossing; urban vegetable gardening; chicken raising; Gowanus canoeing; Brooklyn exploration; etc.

How do they do it all on a barista's or creative assistant's salary and still have drink until 4am money??? Mystery.
April 4, 2013, 8:13 am
diehipster from Huffing Haydens says:
I set google alerts to notify me when the BK Paper posts new stories so I can be the first to comment with my routine drivel. I guess I more lesuire time than the hipsters. How do I afford it? Probably scamming disability and living in my grandmother's rent controlled hovel.
April 4, 2013, 8:32 am
diehipster from Hanging Haydens says:
LOL I just realized the picture!! Look at poor Kenneth VanBeardington with ski hat indoors and pile of PBR; upset because he can't hang out until 4am on a Sunday. Life is tough I tell ya. Anyone want to take a stab at what his occupation is?? Hahahahaha.

But what do I know. Hipsters don't exist. It's all in my head.
April 4, 2013, 8:49 am
BunnynSunny from clinton hill says:
Some day history will look back at this whole hipster nothing-going-on movement as the least interesting group of people to have ever walked the face of earth.
April 4, 2013, 12:10 pm
DyeHipster from Twue Bwookwyn says:
Real Brooklynites don't ever stay out until 4 AM drinking and real Brooklynites NEVER have beards. In fact, a person truly from Brooklyn doesn't grow facial hair, that's what separates us from the rest of you disgusting transplants. Go back to Pennsyltucky!!!
April 4, 2013, 1:53 pm
yasky from Bushwick says:
These bar & cafe businesses are just out for profit and act like they don't give a hoot about the communities they move into. If they do actually give a ——, then it should be no big deal to show some respect and gratitude to the environment that makes it possible for them to make a living and not make such a crying stink about a request to chill their action at midnight on Sundays.
April 4, 2013, 2:05 pm
Myrtle from Bushwick says:
They have the right to stay open past midnight. It's not like it's a big audience doing this, but for crying out loud, who cares. This is UN-American. What is this, Mormon Country? Utah? China? This is terrible.
April 4, 2013, 2:08 pm
Uncle Junior from Bushwick says:
What is this, Nazi Germany?
April 4, 2013, 2:36 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Waahhhhh the hipsters, yuppies and other newer residents of the neighborhood have more money and fun than me! I'm gonna rely on some BS community board full of fossils from the days of "old time Brooklyn" to pass ordinances.

The wages that they're paying at the post office aren't what they used to be eh dieHipster?
April 4, 2013, 3:23 pm
John from Sunset Park says:
leave the cool hipsters alone, they have a right to piss on everyone who lives a normal life and goes to work trying to make their lives better for themselves and future generations.
These 30'something androgynous whiners have the right to wake at noon, withdraw funds from their parent-funded bank acct and enjoy their 17 dollar latte from a coffee-house with free wifi, while being irritated by the fact that children running in the park nearby, or on their sidewalk are making too much noise for them to focus on the coolest new cat-video on youtube.
I wish the native NY'ers from Brooklyn, and their annoying relatives, would just leave tryhards like interloper and jimminy beardo alone already. Kickball can be for adults. PBR can be cool, not just a slightly crappy beer the working man drinks to save $. And the Gowanus can be a place for all of us to play in and summarily die of infection.
April 5, 2013, 12:38 pm
JJ from Bushwick says:
For some of us who have invested in the neighborhood -I want bars to be opened up on sunday past midnight. I work 60 hours a week and I don't go to bars on sunday but these businesses bring money in, jobs, and people to streets which were once desolate and full of abandoned houses. Also I know several business owners who are helping out the community as well as communities around them. If the state says all bars in NY can stay open until 4AM on a sunday- THEY STAY OPENED. Imagine this happening in precious manhattan? And kids live in manhattan also.
The community board can sit in my apartment on a monday and listen to car alarms going off at 4AM or the couple who fights all hours of the night across the street. But a bar is too noisy? REALLY?
April 5, 2013, 1:45 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
It all boils down to jealousy. Some of you like diehipster were just born stupid and not given the skills to be successful like the rest of us. If I want to go out until 4AM and rage and then wake up at 8AM to work my 60-80 hour week then nobody is going to tell me otherwise. The bottom line is that you can't change state law on a local level.
April 5, 2013, 3:39 pm
Anass Rhammer from Bushwick says:
By keeping the bars open up until 4:00 a.m., wouldn't that take precious kickball time away from these kidults? This is possibly the first time that I have sided with community activists. Who wants to hear these self entitled, praying mantis limbed, PBR drinking trust fund babies anyway? Go tend to your roof garden.
April 10, 2013, 5:56 pm

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