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BrooklynSpeaks Circulates Petition on Barclays Liquor License

The group is calling for a 10 p.m. cutoff time for all alcohol sales at the arena during all events.

Last call! Get your last beer!

In the latest development regarding Levy Restaurants' liquor license application, , BrooklynSpeaks created a petition that requests all alcoholic beverage sales be cut off at 10 p.m. at the absolute latest in all areas of the arena. 

"Barclays Center has applied for a license that would allow it to keep serving alcohol up to the 4 a.m. state limit in an 18,000-seat arena," the petition reads on BrooklynSpeaks' website. "Sure, the NBA has a policy that requires liquor sales to end after the third quarter. But basketball only accounts for 40 of the expected 220 events to be held at the arena each year. And Barclays’ application isn’t even limited to serving drinks at arena events. (Arena plans include four club/lounge areas.)"

The group goes on to request that locals ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Liquor Authority to require alcohol sales end after half time at an NBA game, 45 minutes before the end of an event or 10 p.m.—whichever comes first. BrooklynSpeaks also asks for alcohol only to be sold during ticketed arena events.

Active sponsors of BrooklynSpeaks include The Park Slope Civic Council, The Boerum Hill Association, The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and The Brooklyn Heights Association, among others. 

As of Wednesday, the petition had collected 900 signatures.

During a Community Board 6 meeting on Wednesday night Gib Veconi, who is a member of BrooklynSpeaks, said the group's request for a last call that ends six hours before the state legal limit is not a ridiculous one.

“Wrigley Field has a 9:30 p.m. cutoff during night games,” Veconi said, explaining that Levy Restaurants also runs the food and beverage program at the Chicago-based stadium. “I don’t think the people in Brooklyn deserve less respect than people in Chicago.”

However, during the Community Board 6 general board meeting on Wednesday, the board voted to approve an absolute cutoff time of 2 a.m. for alcohol sales at the Barclays Center. To read the full article about the vote, . 

Paul Leonard May 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Online petition can found at http://brooklynspeaks.net/limit-alcohol-at-barclays-center
Dudley Escobar May 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I don't know. I also feel indignant toward eminent domain and how it was wielded like a hammer to get this thing built. But that's a separate issue. Now that it's built, it deserves the best chance of success. And some concerts and shows don't even start until 9 or 10 at night. I know that if I got to a concert at 9:30 and they cut off alcohol sales 30 minutes later, I would be extremely disappointed and angry. Suggesting people do their drinking at local establishments doesn't make sense when they're there to see a show. Arguments about how we "want society to progress" and "millionaires making more money" are melodramatic and again, irrelevant. There's no justifiable reason for making them stop serving alcohol at 10 when everyone else gets to do it until 4.
Dudley Escobar May 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
"this just seems like the petty sniping of losers. There's no reason to cut off alcohol sales except to be jerks." Exactly.
Steve LeVine May 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Dudley, not everyone gets to do it until 4. You may not be familiar with community boards and liquor licenses. What concert is first starting at 10 at night? Unless something has changed, NY City has a curfew of all concerts being over by 11 pm. The main issue is treating that local community respectfully since it has already been disrupted massively, not the least of which caused people's livelihoods and homes to be ripped from them supposedly for "the greater good." Dudley, I certainly don't know you and do not want to put words in your mouth. It seems to follow you logic that worrying about allowing people to drink after 10 pm is more important that people's rights to keep their homes and businesses and that is society "progresses" that way it's ok. If that's true, it certainly explains a lot of the decline we have experienced.
Dudley Escobar June 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Steve, only outdoor concerts have to be over by 11. I'm attending a concert next Friday night at an indoor venue, just like Barclays Center, that doesn't start until 11:30pm. I've been to dozens of shows that don't end until midnight or later. Again you bring up people's "livelihoods and homes" being "ripped" from them, I assume in reference to the use of eminent domain and other shady methods used to secure the space for the arena. I'm with you on that, but the damage is done. But to now suggest that allowing them to serve alcohol until 4am is somehow going to disrupt a neighborhood in which there are already many, many other establishments already doing the same thing is confusing to me. I lived two blocks from there for many years right up until they started building the arena, and I can say for sure that it was not some sort of ultra-quiet neighborhood where nobody made a peep at night. Every bar, as far as I know, was able to serve alcohol until 4am. If they had an outdoor garden area, they may have been required to close that area down earlier, but again, we're not talking about outdoor drinking establishments. Your repeated assertion that being able to drink at these places until 4am is somehow going to cause people to lose their homes and businesses is strange. As has been said by me and others, it sounds like you simply object to the Barclays Center in general, and are looking for excuses to spite them.

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