By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee for Community Board 6 has blocked an application from a Kips Bay bar to operate for an all-night party on New Year’s Eve. ER Bar and Lounge at 605 Second Avenue, between East 33rd and 34th Streets, closes at 3 a.m. on a regular basis but a representative for the bar told the committee that they were hoping to capitalize on the holiday and stay open for just a couple more hours. The committee, however, wasn’t having it.
“I don’t like the idea that there isn’t a specific deadline,” said committee member Julie Block, before instead proposing that the community board limit the bar to a 4 a.m. closing time. Block said that she was concerned about the bar’s laissez-faire attitude about a potential closing time on the holiday, since the application didn’t include a specific closing time other than “for a couple more hours.”
Other committee members were worried about the idea of a bar serving alcohol without the option of food for the entire time. Member Dan Devine said he wasn’t sure if the flexibility of the bar’s policy was a great idea since the venue isn’t planning to make the event ticketed but he said that he’s open to it.
“I don’t really like the idea that just anyone could roll up at like 5 a.m. but I am interested to see if it would work,” he said.
Committee member Susan Steinberg also said that she was willing to consider it.
“This is a small business and for a one-time thing, I think we can cut them some slack,” she said.
Rather than approving the application for a 6 a.m. closing time, though, members submitted a motion to change the hours to 4 a.m. instead of 6, which passed. The bar can still receive the all-night permit from the State Liquor Authority and its application is pending.