Is New York Becoming a 2 A.M. Town?


"It's closing time..."Photo: istockphoto

A story in todays Sun hits very close to home. (Home as in, where we shouldve been at 2:30 this morning.) As Grub readers shouldnt be surprised to read, community boards are increasingly placing restrictions on closing times when they recommend bars for liquor licenses, despite the fact that nightlife venues make 58 percent of their bank after 1 a.m. Heres the sobering (literally!) last sentence:

According to minutes from [CBs] monthly meetings in November, December, and January, the most recent records available, not a single liquor license recommendation was granted to a bar that would close after 3 a.m. on weekends and 2 a.m. on weekdays.

As usual with these articles, its unclear exactly how often the SLA accepts the CBs recommendations. All we ask is this: If the city that never sleeps is going to adopt the closing times of, say, Boston, can we also at least adopt the drinking-in-the-street policy of, say, New Orleans?

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