CB 5 KO’s Knockdown Center Liquor License

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A controversial Maspeth establishment had its liquor license application rejected by Community Board 5 last week.

The Knockdown Center, based on Flushing Avenue in Maspeth, will not be able to sell alcohol for now, as its application was voted down by CB 5 at its last meeting.

CB 5 refused the license because the center does not have a certificate of occupancy for the area and they do not want to give the business the liquor license until they obtain one.

The center is a former glass factory located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth that was turned into a venue hosting music and art events.

Concerns have been raised about the center in recent months, with residents saying that area could become overcrowded when it hosts events.

Caitlin Shann, a Ridgewood resident, said she does not want her neighborhood to become like Willamsburg and Bushwick and they cannot afford to be driven to another area.

“What follows is high rents, what follows is people who don’t care about our neighborhood,” she said. “It’s about our livelihood. I don’t want 5,000 people roaming into our neighborhood.”

CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano also has concerns about the center, saying he is worried about thousands of people drinking alcohol at the facility.

“I’m very, very concerned about giving a license to serve more than 600 people,” he said.

Tyler Myers, the owner of the Knockdown Center, said they appreciated the input from CB 5 and the community and they still want to get that license for their establishment.

Myers said they are in the process of applying for the certificate of occupancy and expect to host events once again at the center in Spring 2014.

He added that, while they do expect to host events that will bring large amounts of people into the area, it will be infrequent. Myers estimated that the large crowds would only be at the center about three times a month.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.