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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
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.
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