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Club: Don’t blame us, blame our customers

Artist Matthew Day Jackson bought the former home of the rowdy Studio B nightclub for $2 million and plans to convert it into his own art studio.
The Brooklyn Paper / Ben Muessig

Greenpoint residents are demanding action against a Banker Street disco, but club reps say the venue isn’t at fault — its patrons are.

The hip Studio B is coming under fire from neighbors who say that the club — which is working to secure a cabaret license that would permit dancing — is a noisy messy nuisance.

Neighbors railed against the club at a July 8 Community Board 1 meeting.

“There is public urination, litter and trash, and loud and obnoxious behavior in the middle of the night,” said Glen Radecki, a paralegal who lives one block away from Studio B. “Beyond the trash and the broken bottles, there are people leaving the club at 2 am, 3 am and 4 am, screaming, yelling and talking on their cellphones. It creates lots of disturbance in the neighborhood.”

Ken Fisher — Studio B’s lawyer and a well-connected former Councilman — said that fingers should be pointed at the clubgoers, not the club.

“We’re very conscious of the fact that not everybody is respectful of the neighbors when they come to and from the club, but that’s not necessarily within the club’s responsibility to control,” Fisher said.

He added that the club has taken measures to keep its patrons quiet, such as hiring three full-time security guards to regulate the crowd outside the venue, which is between Calyer Street and Meserole Avenue.

Fisher also pointed out that the soon-to-be completed roof deck might limit the number of people smoking — and making a ruckus — in front of the club.

But at the recent community board meeting, irate neighbors attacked the roof deck — where construction began without proper permits, Department of Buildings records show.

“I don’t have a problem with there being a nightclub there; I just I want to be able to sit in my garden and have a beer with friends and not have to hear every noise from in there,” said Susan Kowan, who lives behind the club and alleges that events have already been held on the roof deck without city certification. “They need to be more respectful to the fact that they have neighbors on three sides.”

Fisher would not comment on whether the roof deck was built without permits.

The application for a cabaret license was set to go before Community Board 1 on July 31. Check BrooklynPaper.com for an update.

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