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Rooftop bar comes under fire for loud music, CB 1 votes to deny liquor license


Dec. 18, 2015 By Michael Florio

The owners of a rooftop bar in Astoria were given the thumbs down by Community Board 1 on Tuesday in their quest to renew their liquor license.

Sunset Lounge, a rooftop bar located on the sixth floor of 32-72 Steinway Street, was deemed too noisy.

The bar had racked up 295 noise complaints for the year through Dec. 9, according to 114th Precinct.

“That is nearly a complaint every day this year,” said John Katsanos, head of Community Board 1’s Consumer Affairs committee, which reviews liquor license applications. Furthermore, he said, the establishment is only open three or four days per week.

The bar had been issued with 32 summonses this year through Dec. 9, according to the precinct.

Sunset Lounge has been subject to neighborhood criticism for some time.

In April, at the 114th Precinct meeting, numerous residents from 38th and 41st Street came out to complain about music blaring from the bar.

At that meeting, one woman said: “They open the windows and doors when it gets nice out and the noise echoes for blocks.” She said that on some nights she hears the DJ speaking over the music until 3:30 am.

The committee voted 10-0 against the renewal of the license. The full board also rejected it.

The community board, however, doesn’t have the final say. The decision will be ultimately made by the State Liquor Authority, which will take the board’s findings into consideration.

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It’s about time they need to start closing some of these places, cause a lot of dirtbags come from other boroughs and mess up our neighborhood in every which way….Wake up Astoria.


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