BY YVETTE BROWN
In the weeks leading to the Community Board 1 meeting, many cafes and residents along Ditmars Boulevard received a letter at their doorstep asking the community to complain about the applications from gastropubs like The Pomeroy regarding the outdoor seating.
According to reports, The Pomeroy requested a permit to seat another 100 tables on the sidewalk. Nearby residents were not in favor of it and as stated in the letter, which was also sent to CB 1, there are crowds of people, who gather outside the premise and are often too loud, the crowds smoke in front of no smoking areas and the smoke ends up heading into nearby resident buildings, there has been debris, cigarette buds and vomit seen the next morning throughout the street and noise disturbances can carry through the morning on weeknights.
Residents have complained to the owner, but have yet to see any relief and some say that people can be seen consuming alcohol all over the road.
“Say No! Between 36-37 st. Ditmars they may be issuing permits for another 100 tables or more. Stop the board now. We need a moratorium (freeze). Show up at the meeting Tuesday 17th,” read the top of the letter. It continues by asking residents to email their concerns to CB 1, especially their parking concerns.
CB 1 voted to reduce the number of tables and they asked the owner of the establishment to work with the community and the 114th Precinct.
“They agreed to work with the 114th Precinct and they were willing to find stipulations, a written document stipulations stating that they would work with the 114th Precinct and they would be a good neighbor, so they were very willing to work with the community,” said the District Manager for CB 1, Florence Koulouris. “The community board is working very dynamically, they’re a very conscientious group of board members that we have and they’re working to protect the quality of life for all of the members of our community. Our board is comprised of people who are very passionate about our district and they participate to the fullest of their ability and as the community is growing and changing, we’re seeing that our meetings are a little bit longer than they used to be and the board members are participating very conscientiously.”
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