BrooklynSpeaks Circulates Petition on Barclays Liquor License

The group is calling for a 10 p.m. cutoff time for all alcohol sales at the arena during all events.

Last call! Get your last beer!

In the latest development regarding Levy Restaurants' liquor license application, , BrooklynSpeaks created a petition that requests all alcoholic beverage sales be cut off at 10 p.m. at the absolute latest in all areas of the arena. 

"Barclays Center has applied for a license that would allow it to keep serving alcohol up to the 4 a.m. state limit in an 18,000-seat arena," the petition reads on BrooklynSpeaks' website. "Sure, the NBA has a policy that requires liquor sales to end after the third quarter. But basketball only accounts for 40 of the expected 220 events to be held at the arena each year. And Barclays’ application isn’t even limited to serving drinks at arena events. (Arena plans include four club/lounge areas.)"

The group goes on to request that locals ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Liquor Authority to require alcohol sales end after half time at an NBA game, 45 minutes before the end of an event or 10 p.m.—whichever comes first. BrooklynSpeaks also asks for alcohol only to be sold during ticketed arena events.

Active sponsors of BrooklynSpeaks include The Park Slope Civic Council, The Boerum Hill Association, The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and The Brooklyn Heights Association, among others. 

As of Wednesday, the petition had collected 900 signatures.

During a Community Board 6 meeting on Wednesday night Gib Veconi, who is a member of BrooklynSpeaks, said the group's request for a last call that ends six hours before the state legal limit is not a ridiculous one.

“Wrigley Field has a 9:30 p.m. cutoff during night games,” Veconi said, explaining that Levy Restaurants also runs the food and beverage program at the Chicago-based stadium. “I don’t think the people in Brooklyn deserve less respect than people in Chicago.”

However, during the Community Board 6 general board meeting on Wednesday, the board voted to approve an absolute cutoff time of 2 a.m. for alcohol sales at the Barclays Center. To read the full article about the vote, . 

Chicken Underwear May 10, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Yes,. especially at events like the just announced Barbara Streisand concert. Most of the people who go there are going to drive
Jenny May 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
driving is certainly an issue...
tim maguire May 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I don't see the point. The problem is not that the Barclay's Center will sell alcohol, the problem is that it is being built. We lost that battle, this just seems like the petty sniping of losers. There's no reason to cut off alcohol sales except to be jerks.
Patti May 10, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Are the 4 club/lounge areas going to the open to the public even if there is no event happening?
Gib Veconi May 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Patti: The application as submitted by Barclays (and as approved by CB6 last night) would permit the arena lounges to serve liquor even if no event was taking place. Tim: Now that the arena exists, the problem is in fact how to limit its impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods. One way to do that is to ensure that alcohol is not served late into the night, so that the up to 18,000 patrons that leave from the arena and disperse through residential streets are less likely to be disorderly.
Steve LeVine May 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Honestly, I think it was bad enough and inappropriate that the state invoked eminent domain to have this whole project in the first place. Of course, we've already seen many broken promises (that they well knew weren't legally enforceable in the first place.) My understanding is that main business plan presented to the public did not have a focus on after events club/lounge business . If alcohol sales are halted at 10 PM and people want to drink, they can patronize local area businesses already set up for that purpose. That is how you add value to the community and bring in revenue that benefits the area directly affected by the disruption of this area moving in and forcing businesses to close and people to be forced from their homes! Let's justify someone being displaced after living in the same place for 50 plus years so that a multi-millionaire can make more money by serving alcohol well into the night. I'm sure that's the way we want society to progress. (By the way, I have nothing against alcohol or drinking.)
Vanessa Mason May 11, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Fantastic way of putting it Steve! Thanks for contributing!
Larry May 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
where do I go to sign the petition?
Paul Leonard May 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Online petition can found at http://brooklynspeaks.net/limit-alcohol-at-barclays-center
Dudley Escobar May 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I don't know. I also feel indignant toward eminent domain and how it was wielded like a hammer to get this thing built. But that's a separate issue. Now that it's built, it deserves the best chance of success. And some concerts and shows don't even start until 9 or 10 at night. I know that if I got to a concert at 9:30 and they cut off alcohol sales 30 minutes later, I would be extremely disappointed and angry. Suggesting people do their drinking at local establishments doesn't make sense when they're there to see a show. Arguments about how we "want society to progress" and "millionaires making more money" are melodramatic and again, irrelevant. There's no justifiable reason for making them stop serving alcohol at 10 when everyone else gets to do it until 4.
Dudley Escobar May 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
"this just seems like the petty sniping of losers. There's no reason to cut off alcohol sales except to be jerks." Exactly.
Steve LeVine May 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Dudley, not everyone gets to do it until 4. You may not be familiar with community boards and liquor licenses. What concert is first starting at 10 at night? Unless something has changed, NY City has a curfew of all concerts being over by 11 pm. The main issue is treating that local community respectfully since it has already been disrupted massively, not the least of which caused people's livelihoods and homes to be ripped from them supposedly for "the greater good." Dudley, I certainly don't know you and do not want to put words in your mouth. It seems to follow you logic that worrying about allowing people to drink after 10 pm is more important that people's rights to keep their homes and businesses and that is society "progresses" that way it's ok. If that's true, it certainly explains a lot of the decline we have experienced.
Dudley Escobar June 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Steve, only outdoor concerts have to be over by 11. I'm attending a concert next Friday night at an indoor venue, just like Barclays Center, that doesn't start until 11:30pm. I've been to dozens of shows that don't end until midnight or later. Again you bring up people's "livelihoods and homes" being "ripped" from them, I assume in reference to the use of eminent domain and other shady methods used to secure the space for the arena. I'm with you on that, but the damage is done. But to now suggest that allowing them to serve alcohol until 4am is somehow going to disrupt a neighborhood in which there are already many, many other establishments already doing the same thing is confusing to me. I lived two blocks from there for many years right up until they started building the arena, and I can say for sure that it was not some sort of ultra-quiet neighborhood where nobody made a peep at night. Every bar, as far as I know, was able to serve alcohol until 4am. If they had an outdoor garden area, they may have been required to close that area down earlier, but again, we're not talking about outdoor drinking establishments. Your repeated assertion that being able to drink at these places until 4am is somehow going to cause people to lose their homes and businesses is strange. As has been said by me and others, it sounds like you simply object to the Barclays Center in general, and are looking for excuses to spite them.


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