CB11 Talks Rooftop Application

Staff Writer

On Monday, Community Board 11 discussed the latest rooftop application from a Bayside business.

Fiamma 41 Restaurant, located at 214-26 41st Ave., requested permission from the consumer affairs committee of CB11 to install a rooftop bar to its venue. They are aiming to be the first restaurant in Bayside to do so, though they face competition from Bourbon Street, a nearby Cajun eatery looking to do the same.

The committee report was in approval of the rooftop bar, with a recommendation that the restaurant installs PlexiGlass walls to keep out noise and keep customers safe. According to the committee, Fiamma 41’s hours do not extend beyond 11 p.m., so the rooftop bar will not be disruptive to the community.

CB11 chair Christine Haider said the board will not add a new committee just for rooftop bars, even though they have received a large number of applications. Instead, they will fall under the umbrella of the consumer affairs committee.

Earlier in the meeting, Haider also introduced a new board member, Lawrence Gresser. Gresser spent a portion of his career in politics, working as the associate counsel to the State Assembly Majority Leader, as law secretary to a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and as Deputy Borough President under Donald Manes.

“I thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to a very interesting time,” Gresser said.

Gresser and Bayside resident Sila Asa are the two new members joining CB11 this year.

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