By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Community concerns about an oversaturation of bars on Third Avenue will be on the agenda tonight at a meeting of Community Board 6’s Business Affairs and Street Activities committee. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loeb Auditorium at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 East 17th Street. Specifically, the discussion will focus on the application of new liquor licenses for two new bars on Third Avenue, with one between 22nd and 23rd Streets and the second between 21st and 22nd Streets.
Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association, said, “We don’t want this to become another Meatpacking District.”
While Third Avenue is home to a number of bars already, the Block Association is concerned about the two bars in particular. Both applicants submitted their paperwork at the last minute with very little information about the kind of business they want to run, Harrison said in a letter to the Business Affairs & Street Activities Committee, which was also signed by GPBA Chair Sean Brady. James Hendrick wants to open a wine bar/cafe at 284 Third Avenue, while Joe Pirozzi, who hopes to open a bar in a space formerly occupied by Hendrick, the old Black Bear Lodge, currently operates the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge.