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Park Slope residents claim that Fourth Avenue’s sky-high Vue Restaurant and Lounge isn’t just on the roof — its noise levels are through it!

Neighbors say that noise coming from the bar atop Hotel Le Bleu is keeping them up past 2 am as often as four nights a week.

“There’s the music, but you can also hear the crowd up there, yelling and screaming and singing,” said Steve Shepard, who has lived near the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street for five years.

Over that time, Shepard said he has grown accustomed to roaring truck traffic on Fourth Avenue, but said that the “disco and house music” is “much more noticeable than the traffic, which on a normal night is a steady white noise.”

When the rooftop bar — replete with panoramic views and flashing LED lights — opened this August, it was the first of its kind in a formerly industrial Park Slope corridor where businesses never had to worry about noise complaints. As a result, early reviews of the Vue were favorable, including one from Brooklyn Paper Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli, who dubbed it a “game changer for Brooklyn.”

“Everything that you thought was, now isn’t. Everything that you wish could have been, has now become,” he said.

Game changer or not, the bar has got to shush, according to Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman.

“People have had their lives disrupted by the noise there,” he said. “We need to see some change very quickly.”

Domenic Tonaccio — the landlord for both Hotel Le Bleu and the Vue Restaurant — told The Brooklyn Paper that he hopes to make those changes within two weeks.

“I don’t want to have a problem with my neighbors,” said Tonaccio, who added that workers will completely soundproof and enclose the rooftop venue. “We’re doing everything possible to make sure that we’re not getting any complaints from neighbors and that we’re not getting complaints from hotel guests.”

But neighbors doubt that soundproofing can effectively muffle an outdoor space.

“I don’t know how they expect it will help at all. It’s just a roof with open walls,” said Shepard. “It might shelter the patrons from rain, but it doesn’t do anything with noise.”

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sajh from Staten Island says:
If anything, the roof will deflect noise downward. Installing a roof is not for the community but yes, for the patrons when it rains and probably will install butane heaters to keep the party going as far into the fall as possible....
Oct. 15, 2009, 9:23 am
mike from kensington says:
i walk by there all the time after midnight on weekdays and weeknights. yeah they project images on the parking lot wall, they have disco lights. BUT there are really no neighbors. anybody claiming noise must live on the other side of 4th avenue, if they are living on the hotel side they should look up and check if their living situation is an actual legal space allowed by a CO.
i couldnt tell if there was a party except by looking up and seein the profiles of people hanging out on the patio roof thing and with the party lights.
i have no relation with the hotel or party, and never stepped foot in there.
i dare anybody to doublecheck and SEE or HEAR for yourselves. im only writing this comment because most people in park slope are crybabies who complain about everything.
no photos, no iphone video, no angry blog, no petition, no website, no noise meter from an actual living space, then I WONT BELIEVE IT.
i think its has something to do with the fact that the clientele are Hispanic and being a spanish dude i see racism everywhere, fact check this story.
Oct. 15, 2009, 10:34 am
Maryanne from Park Slope says:
I am a neighbor of Le Bleu and live on the top floor of my house with sky lites and have never heard loud noise, or disturbances. If my fellow neighbors should have anything to complain about would be the noisy loud taxi cab drivers that take up all our parking spaces. As far as the project images on the wall, they are not disturbing, they are just an advertisement.
Oct. 15, 2009, 10:59 am
Nendo from Park Slope says:
@Mike: You've never stepped foot inside there yet you are sure everyone's Hispanic? You must have super powers! But you're wrong. The crowd seems to be Russian. And no neighbors? How about the couple of hundred people DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET at the Novo? Or right next to that at the Milk Factory. And there ARE photos and videos. It seems like you are the one who needs to check their facts.
Oct. 15, 2009, 1:03 pm
mike from kensington says:
yes, i meant the projection is the only outward visual street level thing that says 'hi im here'
across the street at Novo,,,ok
the hotel is setback at least 20 feet from the side walk, add the sidewalk, the parking space, the three lanes of traffic, the median which is about 8 ft wide, the other three lanes of traffic in the opposite direction, the parking lane, and the sidewalk.
now what noise do you hear.
i walk and ride nike past this regulary, and most of the crowd seems hispanic, ok maybe you saw some russians on a different night.
same stuff, i never noticed Noise
Oct. 15, 2009, 8:27 pm
mike pablo from kensington bk says:
yes, i meant the projection is the only outward visual street level thing that says 'hi im here'
across the street at Novo,,,ok
the hotel is setback at least 20 feet from the side walk, add the sidewalk, the parking space, the three lanes of traffic, the median which is about 8 ft wide, the other three lanes of traffic in the opposite direction, the parking lane, and the sidewalk.
now what noise do you hear.
i walk and ride nike past this regulary, and most of the crowd seems hispanic, ok maybe you saw some russians on a different night.
same stuff, i never noticed Noise
Oct. 15, 2009, 8:28 pm
aglovesupreme from park slope says:
Yeah, you can hear it from Fourth Avenue a block or two away. I was walking by there the other night and heard it. But it's not THAT loud. And, hey, this is New York. You don't want loud, move back to the Midwest. Not surprising that a bunch of Park Slopers would whine about this.
Oct. 15, 2009, 9:38 pm
sleepless from park slope says:
@mike. i have stepped foot in there, and the crowd was not hispanic. it was a mixed crowd...asian, black, hispanic, white, etc...i am also a neighbor and get woken up at 3:00 am on the weekends from the noise. this has nothing to do with racism. it's about SLEEP. btw, noise travels beyond the distance you detailed in your last post. get a clue and get that chip off your shoulder.
Oct. 19, 2009, 1:07 pm
Harry N from BayRidge says:
I go there on the regular as i'm a big fan of the food (Chef Chris Cheung Rocks!!). They certainly seem committed to making the changes to their rooftop bar. They've enclosed it now and looks like a lot of work is going into trying to please everyone. But since you never can please everyone we'll see how the changes affect the traffic coming to the place.
Nov. 1, 2009, 3:40 pm
John from Park Slope says:
If you are a fan of Chris Cheung, then obviously you many no taste buds. This guys been bounced around more than a basketball..
July 26, 2010, 4:13 pm

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