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After pressuring the proprietor of a karaoke club on the border of Dyker Heights and Sunset Park to make additional concessions to add to the safety of the establishment, Community Board 10 has voted to back the club’s efforts to get a full liquor license.

The club, Crown KTV, opened at 848 64th Street in mid-October, after getting a wine and beer license. Prior to opening, the club owners had agreed to a list of 12 stipulations drawn up by CB 10, including having two licensed security guards on premises daily between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., as well as the installation of a high-tech video security system.

In addition, they agreed to allow only people age 21 and over into the establishment, and to stop serving wine and beer two hours prior to closing between Sundays and Wednesdays. Also, they agreed not to use promoters or sublet space inside the establishment, which will operate only as a karaoke lounge/restaurant, not as a night club or music club.

These stipulations were included in the conditions of the wine and beer license issued by the State Liquor Authority (SLA). While board members were concerned about how quickly Crown KTV had returned to the board to request the upgraded liquor license, they clearly were satisfied by the owners’ agreement to add more conditions, including having a manager on the premises daily between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., and making sure that the establishment is sufficiently soundproofed that noise from within cannot disturb area residents.

Thus, at the board’s December meeting, which was held in the community room at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, members voted overwhelming to recommend that SLA grant Crown KTV the full liquor license they seek.

A major concern of board members-- given the fact that alcohol would be served on the premises -- had been the proximity of Public School 69, at 63rd Street and Ninth Avenue. In particular, the school community was worried about drivers leaving Crown KTV after having had a few drinks and endangering children walking from school.

While proprietors of similar establishments generally wait a year before upgrading their liquor license, the owners of Crown KTV had moved more quickly, said their attorney Glenn Wright, because of financial pressure.

“The prior stipulations were well thought out,” noted Brian Kieran, the board’s treasurer and vice chairperson-elect, during a meeting of CB 10’s Police and Public Safety Committee held prior to the general board meeting at the board office, 8119 Fifth Avenue. “They protect the community, and do a lot to allay trepidations or fears. If they are going to add to them, it’s a good thing.”

The karaoke club had opened considerably later than had been anticipated, Wright said; in addition, the stipulations agreed to by the owners had raised the cost of doing business for Crown KTV. And, he said, the club has lost patrons who “come in asking for cocktails and walk out when they find out there’s not a full liquor license,” heading over to nearby competitors who are able to offer their beverages of choice. “Under the circumstan­ces,” Wright stressed, “without it, they can’t survive.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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