A Backlash Against Bars

April 19, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — The Community Board representing the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, which have seen an explosion of new bars and restaurants, is considering a moratorium on new liquor licenses.  While the populations of the two communities have seen an influx of young artists and hipsters, old-timers say many of the people flooding the area’s watering holes and eateries are outsiders who don’t care about their neighborhoods.  “It’s a question of being able to balance the quality of life for the residents here as well as accommodating the people who want to participate in going to the bars,” said Christopher Olechowski, chairman of Community Board 1 in Brooklyn. “We feel that the community is over inundated with the bars and it’s becoming not only a quality of life issue but it’s a safety hazard.”  The moratorium was endorsed by an executive committee of the Community Board and sent to the public safety committee, which could vote on it as soon as May 5. Then, it would go to the full board for a vote.

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