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Too Many Bars on Your Block? Some New Yorkers Are Taking Action.

Revelers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A coalition of neighborhood groups is pushing back against a trend toward “night life malls” in New York City and asking for stricter liquor licensing.CreditKevin Hagen for The New York Times

By Colin Moynihan

 

Aug. 15, 2018​​

A resident of Inwood testified to trash-strewn streets and violence in her corner of Manhattan, while a woman from the Upper West Side lamented the departure of a shoemaker and barbershop. A man from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, complained that his community was “overrun.”

 

About 50 people gathered on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this spring to discuss a common villain they said was causing problems in their neighborhoods: the rising number of bars in New York City. Then they pointed to the New York State Liquor Authority, accusing the agency of issuing too many liquor licenses and eroding their quality of life.

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Group wants liquor authority to stop issuing licenses, says the city has too many bars

BY CRISTIAN BENAVIDES
POSTED 10:28 PM, AUGUST 16, 2018

UPDATED AT 08:58AM, AUGUST 17, 2018

Does New York City have too many bars?

BY RAEGAN MEDGIE 

VIDEO POSTED: AUG 21 2018 09:45PM EDT

UPDATED: AUG 22 2018 09:03AM EDT