May 4, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Steinway Street lounge bar has been put on notice following a number of noise complaints by nearby residents, according to the captain of the 114 precinct.
The precinct has received several complaints about Sunset Restaurant and Lounge, located on the sixth floor at 32-72 Steinway Street (btwn Broadway and 34th Ave.), said Captain Dennis Malaney at the 114th community precinct meeting last week.
The complaints have been lodged by residents who live on 38th and 41st streets.
“We have received a lot of complaints about noise coming from the rooftop bar, particularly on the 38th Street side,” Malaney said.
Malaney said officers went to the bar late last month and issued summonses and violations due to the noise.
Several residents at the precinct meeting spoke out against the lounge.
“I live on 41st Street and I did not sleep Friday or Saturday night this past weekend,” said one resident, who would not provide his name. “This has been happening every weekend for a year now and it doesn’t end.”
His wife, who also did not wish to give her name, said the noise gets worse as the weather gets better.
“They open the windows and doors when it gets nice out and the noise echoes for blocks,” she said.
She added that some nights she hears the DJ speaking over the music until 3:30 am.
One resident added that sound proofing measures are needed.
Malaney said the precinct will continue to monitor the rooftop bar. He said that the owner, manager and security team want to work with the precinct to find a way to operate while not disturbing residents.
Malaney added that if the noise complaints continue the precinct would take stronger measures and could build a case against it. If the establishment fails to comply, the precinct would reach out to the State Liquor Authority that could potentially pull its liquor license.
“It is like a foundation you have to build it up,” he said. “But we are aware and we will keep addressing it.”
The owner of lounge did not respond to calls for comment.