Knockdown Center Liquor License KO’d By SLA

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

You might be able to attend events at the Knockdown Center but you will not be able to buy alcohol for the time being.

The State Liquor Authority has denied the Knockdown Center’s application for a liquor license during a meeting at its headquarters on Tuesday.

The SLA said they denied the license application because of a lack of public transportation in the area as well as opposition from the community.

The controversial arts center has faced much scrutiny since it first announced its intentions to open on Flushing Avenue.

Many residents and members of Community Board 5 have opposed the center opening because of several negatives they say it would bring to the neighborhood, including large crowds, overburdening the local police precinct and taking up more parking in an area that residents say already has little available parking.

The SLA was originally slated to make a decision on the Center’s liquor license last week but delayed it until Tuesday.

Elected officials representing the area were elated to hear the news of the SLA’s decision this week.

“This is a vital step in preserving residents’ quality of life and maintaining the needed level of neighborhood safety. I will continue to fight to keep our homes and streets a safe haven when it comes to the Knockdown Center as well as any other establishment threatening our way of life. I look forward to an open dialogue regarding the future of this site,” State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said in a statement.

Sri-Lankan recording artist M.I.A. is slated to perform at the Maspeth-based arts center this weekend. There were originally two shows scheduled for May 8 and 9, but one of the concerts, the May 8 show, has apparently been cancelled. There is no longer a listing for the show on ticketweb.com, which is selling entries to the event. The May 8 show was also missing from Knockdown Center’s website, knockdowncenter.com.

Tyler Myers, one of the facility’s owners, did not respond to multiple phone calls asking for comment on the SLA’s liquor license denial and the upcoming M.I.A. show this weekend as of press time.

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