CB 5 Opposes Knockdown Center Liquor License

Staff Writer

The Knockdown Center has applied for its liquor license and Community Board 5 was not shy about its opposition last week.

The Maspeth-based arts center is attempting to get a cabaret liquor license for the establishment. State Liquor Authority records show that the establishment applied for the license on March 5. According to Dept. of Buildings records, the center has also applied to change the certificate of occupancy from factory to public assembly for 5,000 people.

Several CB5 members were up in arms again over the Center applying for the license.

The board members raised concerns over the amount of people the Center could bring to the area and the parking and traffic headache it might cause during large events at the facility.

“This is a recipe for a disaster,” said Bob Holden, a CB 5 member and president of the Juniper Park Civic Association.

Gary Giordano, the board’s district manager, read out loud a letter the board wrote in response to the application, saying they oppose it for myriad reasons, including noise, parking and the burden on the local police precinct.

“Having a cabaret with dancing, music and alcohol for even 600 people would put enormous pressure on our already stressed 104th Police Precinct and will almost certainly have a very negative effect on police response time throughout the precinct,” he wrote in the letter.

John Maier, another CB5 member, said he has been at one of the Center’s events and there was easily about 500 people at the facility and there was a paramedic that treated someone at the site.

Tyler Myers, one of the center’s owners, said that they always hire security whenever they have an event so the 104th precinct is not overburdened with deploying officers at that site. Myers said the amount of security they hire depends on the number of people they expect at the event, but it ranges from 20 to 45 security personnel.

He added that the majority of people that travel to the Knockdown Center take public transportation to the facility. The B57 stops on Flushing Ave and 54th Street, close to the center and the Q54 stops by Flushing and Metropolitan Avenues. There will be on-site parking, Myers said, although the number of spots that will be available is not yet known.

He added they have not received any complaints from people surrounding the center about events they have hosted in the past.

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