Sheepshead Bay residents are trying to block a nightclub from reopening on a quiet stretch of Avenue U, claiming the now-shuttered bar was a noisy nuisance frequented by unsavory characters.
Pleasure, a disco between E. Eighth and Ninth streets, closed in 2008 after a three-year run, but owner Marat Zagorin and his new business partner Mark Shteynsh want another go-around in the same spot. Like the original Pleasure, the new lounge will have a bar, DJ, food and live music, but locals fear that the planned venue will be as rowdy as its predecessor.
“Pleasure received numerous complaints and violations for noise, disorderly conduct and serving alcohol to minors,” said Community Board 15 Chairwoman Theresa Scavo, who sent three resolutions asking the state to veto the club’s liquor license. “There’s no reason people here should have to put up with this again.”
Scavo added she received more than 300 phone calls opposing the club’s reopening, which was the subject of a State Liquor Authority hearing last month. Pleasure’s liquor license expired in 2008, and the bar’s latest application required the hearing, known as the “500-foot hearing,” because there are at least three establishments serving alcohol within 500 feet of the lounge, including Vodka Gallery on Coney Island Avenue. The state’s decision is still pending, but officials are aware of the community’s opposition, according to a spokesman.
Local pols are also getting involved, as Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay), Councilman David Greenfield (D–Midwood), and Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island) all sent the agency letters asking it to deny Pleasure its main source of pleasure.
“[The club] was a plague on the community,” Cymbrowitz said in his letter. “My concern is the record of its owner.”
Zagorin owned the original Pleasure, according to state records, but Shteynsh said he was not involved in that venture. He added that the new hot spot will have security guards to ensure that it won’t be the black sheep of the block, which is surrounded by private homes, the Torah Academy of Brooklyn, but also other bars like Nirvana on Coney Island Avenue.
“It will be nothing like it was before,” said Shteynsh, who said that he wants to open Pleasure as soon as he gets the liquor license.
The Police Department could not be reached for comment about the previous club’s violations, but the state liquor authority said that the original Pleasure was never cited for serving drinks to minors, though the club was fined $500 in 2008 for serving booze after-hours, according to state records.