Should Arena Jump Through Hoops for Booze License?


Tomorrow there will be a public hearing about whether or not Barclays Center should be granted a liquor license, and The Local reports that some in the neighborhood will oppose the license on the grounds that there is still no formal plan that will govern crowd control when patrons exit the venue. For example: “‘It’s premature for them to get community board support for a liquor license when they haven’t even made public any plans for security or crowd control of 18,000 people,’ said Gib Veconi of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and a Prospect Heights resident. ‘They haven’t shown how they can protect quality of life for the neighbors.’” Barclays Center officials did not respond to requests for comments about the issue to the Local. Atlantic Yards Report has commentary on The Local article, noting that the main question regards the terms of the license, since so little has been revealed by Barclays Center brass about their plans: “The arena encroaches on a residential neighborhood, as the state overrode zoning that requires a 200-foot cordon around a sports facility. Those returning to the interim surface parking lot would walk on sidewalks as narrow as six feet wide. And the arena code of conduct, promised for this spring, is not yet available. Forest City Ratner officials told The Local they wouldn’t comment on the liquor license application until tomorrow night’s meeting, at 6:30 pm at the 78th Police Precinct, 65 6th Avenue, just a block from the arena.” As the Local notes, though, it’s difficult to imagine a major sports venue not getting a liquor license.
Arena Foes Will Fight Barclays Center Booze Permit [The Local]
With no Code of Conduct Yet for Arena, Barclays Center Neighbors Seek Delay on Liquor License [AY Report]

17 Comment

  • I know that, in the real world, nothing will come of this, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if lack of this licence was the final straw that drove the Rat into bankruptcy?

  • cp

    ooooh, drunken mobs; i love it!!!

  • srsqualms

    OMG six-foot wide sidewalks crowded with drunk revelers argghh. Scared that I’m going to have to move to keep myself from having pedestrian rage attacks.

  • Seems like some kind of vindictive delaying tactic. It is inconceivable that the city would not grant this venue a liquor license.

  • NeoGrec

    To suggest a “vindictive delaying tactic” implies that community groups have power in this situation. They do not, of course. But that doesn’t mean they should roll over and miss this opportunity to ask why and when Barclays Center will start working with local residents and announce their mitigation plans.

  • Oh come on people…enough already. The thing is dammed near built…you tried to stop it and have lost. Its cruel and unusual to have to watch Nets basketball sober.

    • NeoGrec

      Barclays Center will receive their license — that’s not in question. The issue is whether they will have to got through the standard procedure of appearing in front of the community board (two in this case, because the footprint of the arena is in two different CB districts) to answer questions from local residents. Even 500 sq ft bars have to explain how they will operate. Why on earth wouldn’t Barclays Center have to do the same? It’s frightening how quick people are to give up any attempt to maintain due process, oversight, and good government, just because it’s a “done deal.” We all know the arena is happening. But some of us would still like to see FCR play by the rules.

  • Also Bobmarvin, no, I don’t think it would be “awesome” to see “the Rat” go bankrupt. First of all, like it or not, the arena is here and its here to stay. Lets all hope they do well and don’t go bankrupt. I’m not a huge fan of it myself but I’d sure as hell rather have a functioning arena than an empty bankrupt one.

    Also the only part of this project that actually makes any sense is the housing and retail that is supposed to happen on the rest of the property (and has been hopelessly delayed thanks to DDDB). The real tragedy would be Ratner actually going bankrupt and leaving us with nothing but an arena and parking lots. Lets hope that dosen’t happen.

  • Also Bobmarvin, no, I don’t think it would be “awesome” to see “the Rat” go bankrupt. First of all, like it or not, the arena is here and its here to stay. Lets all hope they do well and don’t go bankrupt. I’m not a huge fan of it myself but I’d sure as hell rather have a functioning arena than an empty bankrupt one.

    Also the only part of this project that actually makes any sense is the housing and retail that is supposed to happen on the rest of the property (and has been hopelessly delayed thanks to DDDB). The real tragedy would be Ratner actually going bankrupt and leaving us with nothing but an arena and parking lots. Lets hope that dosen’t happen.

  • Yes – Barclays sans alcohol, would be poetic but really?? Considering the Nets will probably suck for a bit, the least Brooklyners deserve, is to have a merry good time regardless…..