It’s bar-mageddon! Proposal would close roofs and patios at 11 pm

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The city that supposedly never sleeps apparently wants to get some shuteye at 11 pm.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Carroll Gardens) has put forward a bill that would close all rooftop and backyard bars or outdoor seating at an hour before midnight on weekends and at 10 pm on weeknights.

The bill would apply to all bars with outdoor space less than 10 stories high or within 500 feet of residential properties — pretty much all bars in Brownstone Brooklyn.

“Sometimes it’s a great night to sit outdoors — it’s a very summer thing to do, and sometimes you earn it after a long day,” said Millman’s spokesman, Paul Nelson. “But there’s gotta be some balance. [The noise from people outside] is a big problem in a number of communities.”

The bill would allow community boards to extend the so-called Millman Cutoff for patios that they deem to agreeable. But in areas like Brooklyn Heights — Millman’s constituency — community boards are so anti-alcohol and noise that Borough President Markowitz ordered Community Board 2 to be a bit more liberal with their drinking and nightlife.

As such, owners and their sweaty summer customers seem nervous about Millman’s proposed crackdown.

“This is ridiculous — we have a right to go outside,” said Jaime Lischke, who frequents the spacious rooftop bar at Berry Park in Williamsburg — a bar that commits to its own rooftop curfew of 11 pm out of respect to its neighbors. “We aren’t children here. This is an infringement on our civil rights!”

Millman’s Assembly opponent, Doug Biviano, blasted the 13-year incumbent.

“Certainly, members of the community have been complaining about this problem for years,” said Biviano, who is fond of the outdoor patio at Pacifico on a residential block just off Smith Street. “But [Millman] hasn’t even publicly called for the enforcement of noise ordinances on the books. … Why is she doing this now?”

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sd from cg says:
Why doesn't she focus instead on proposing a bill similar to the Arizona immigration law - police can ask for immigration documents if a crime was committed -
That way all the illegal undocumented Mexicans now working in those bars till late will not get out earlier and attack people in the streets without any chance of getting caught.
June 18, 2010, 1:01 am
John from Sunset Park says:
You just cant live it up anymore.
June 18, 2010, 3:48 am
freddy from slope says:

from the same person who tried to ban movies in cemeteries in 2003 based on less than 5 complaints.

how many this time joan?
June 18, 2010, 11:27 am
Doug Biviano for Assembly from Brooklyn says:
Here's Doug Biviano's full statement to the Brooklyn Paper:

Members of the community have been complaining about this problem for years and Joan Millman has been in office for over thirteen. So the question is -- why is she doing this now? Because she has a primary challenge from Doug Biviano on September 14? In fact, Millman hasn't even publicly called for the enforcement of noise ordinances on the books. Doug Biviano has made the enforcement of noise and other quality of life issues part of of his campaign platform.
June 18, 2010, 1:54 pm
John from East Williamsburg says:
The bar next to my house has couches out on the sidewalk and they play music, drink, talk and use their cellphones like they were megaphones until 4 AM all week long.
June 18, 2010, 11:32 pm
gh from hj says:
Vote for Biviano on Sept 14.
Time to go Millman.
I moved to CG because it is trendy.
I, and 1 million other yuppies, will move from CG if this stupidity passes.
Then you can thank Millman for bringing property prices down to where they were when she first took office.
June 22, 2010, 3:40 pm

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