The Drying Out of Williamsburg?


Williamsburg is looking a lot more like the East Village these days, and it’s not just because half of Lower Manhattan’s restaurants are opening outposts there. Like the city’s most liquored-up neighborhood, Williamsburg may be facing a liquor-license moratorium.

Brooklyn 11211 reports that CB1’s Executive Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to impose a moratorium on new licenses in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and the rest of North Brooklyn. Like the East Village/Lower East Side’s CB3, which issued a similar moratorium over parts of the neighborhood, CB1 leaders feel Williamsburg and its environs suffer from a license oversaturation. The board’s Public Safety Committee met last night to discuss the issue, but did not vote on it.

The topic will undoubtedly be addressed at next Tuesday’s full board meeting; expect plenty of discussion about how 6,000-square-foot bars benefit the community.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2011


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