Bay Ridge

Board 10 scrutinizes restaurant liquor licenses

February 23, 2018 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The owners of The Pearl Room, a popular restaurant on Third Avenue, are seeking a new license from the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA). Community Board 10 will make a recommendation to SLA on whether the application should be granted. Eagle photo by Paula Katinas

Community Board 10 has a busy agenda for its next public meeting with members taking a close look at liquor license applications filed with New York state by Bay Ridge restaurant owners.

The community board, which represents the interests of the residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights in dealing with city government, is scheduled to meet on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Norwegian Christian Home at 1250 67th St., starting at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are votes on liquor license applications filed by the owners of four local restaurants with the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA). The restaurants are Polonica at 8303 Third Ave.; King Souvlaki at 8402 Third Ave.; Encore 4th at 10005-09 Fourth Ave.; and The Pearl Room at 8518-8520 Third Ave.

Polonica and King Souvlaki are applying for new licenses. Encore 4th is seeking a renewal of an existing license and The Pearl Room is looking for a new license to reflect a change in its method of operation, according to Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann.

SLA has the ultimate say over whether a restaurant or bar is granted a license to sell alcohol. But in an effort to gauge public sentiment, the agency routinely seeks input from local community boards prior to making a decision on a liquor license application.

At the Feb. 26 meeting, the community board will also discuss whether to support an effort by the group Guardians of the Guardian to ask the city to declare the Angel Guardian Home at 6301 12th Ave. in Dyker Heights an official city landmark.

A proposal to name a potion of Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge after the late New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack will also be discussed.

And the community board will be talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for congestion pricing in Manhattan. Under congestion pricing, motorists who drive into Manhattan below 60th Street would be forced to pay a toll. The funds generated by the toll would go toward repairing the city’s subway system, according to the idea’s proponents.

In other news, the community board meeting will be live-streamed on YouTube, under a project developed by Thirteen, the city’s public television station. The funds to enable the live-steaming of Community Board 10 meetings were secured in the city budget by former City Councilmember Vincent Gentile before he left office at the end of December.

The community board’s January meeting was the first in the board’s history to be live streamed.

The board holds its general meetings once a month and all of the sessions will be live streamed under a pilot program that ends in June, according to Beckmann.

“I think it’s great. It gives our residents, especially our seniors, who can’t attend our meetings to see what we’re doing. It also increases our transparency,” Beckmann told the Brooklyn Eagle.

For more information on the community board meeting, call the board’s office at 718-745-6827.