It was just under a month ago that the Royal Palms Shuffleboard owners stood in front of Community Board Six (CB6) and presented its case for a liquor license at its venue. After hearing from members of the public that included Union Organized, the resident group adamantly opposed to the venue, and members of CB6, a hand vote from the board was taken. The hand vote showed that the Royal Palms would most likely not receive enough votes for the liquor license. So, the Royal Palms quickly withdrew their application for the liquor license to avoid the final vote. Since then the Royal Palms and Union Organized have been pushing for the local community to take their respective sides. The dispute between those who support and those who oppose is not hard to explain. It goes something like this:

Oppose – The ‘club’ as it is referred to, will interrupt the quaintness of the block with wild boozey people. The residents have built nice homes for their families and shouldn’t be bothered with people drunkenly leaving a bar in the wee hours of the morning. 

Support – The ‘parlor’ as it is referred to, will be a new venue for people to play an old timey game. The venue will be a fun place for all audiences and will use the money earned on liquor drinks to also offer programs for kids and old people.

Both sound reasonable and both in a way are both right. The controversy is happening because of zoning in the area. A row of residential houses are right up against a commercial zone, and ultimately this situation was going to happen either now or in the future with other spaces.

So, Monday is JUDGEMENT DAY for both those for and against the Royal Palms Shuffleboard facility (The phrase “Judgement Day” sure makes this sound all intense and stuff). On Monday there will be another Community Board Six meeting to decide whether a Shuffleboard + liquor license + residential is a good equation. The meeting will take place on Monday September 24th at 6:30pm:

NYCHA Miccio Center
110 West 9th Street
(between Clinton/Henry Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

This meeting will not only cover the Royal Palms, but also all of the following CB6 issues:

  • Orientation: Rules, regulations and procedures governing committee participation.
  • Presentation and review of an unenclosed sidewalk cafe permit application renewal submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs on behalf of TSM Restaurant LLC at 524 Court Street (between Nelson Street/Huntington Street) to permit 8 tables and 16 seats.
  • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority and a new Cabaret license application submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs, on behalf of Forty-Forty No More Enterprises, Inc. dba Con Amor Cabaret at 18 Commerce Street between (Columbia Street/Richards Street).
  • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Inches Wide LLC at 521 Hicks Street between (Kane Street/Degraw Street).
  • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Duke of Montrose at 47 5th Avenue between (St. Marks Avenue/Bergen Street).
  • Continued review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club at 514 Union Street (between Nevins Street/3rd Avenue).

 

If you have an opinion on this subject you really should go to this meeting, but remember that even if things get heated, we are all Brooklynites and each of us really want Gowanus to be a wonderful place.