It's no fun living next to a super-loud nightlife spot, and residents living in the vicinity of Sullivan Street restaurant Navy say the popular seafood spot is just too damn noisy. Now, they're fighting Navy's planned expansion into a space now occupied by a quiet bakery, describing the move as "a Trojan horse" that'll bring more noise to the neighborhood. Liquor license war, commence!
The noise battle, first reported by The Villager, reached a crescendo last month when Navy owner Matt Abramcyk withdrew his liquor license application for the space currently occupied by pastry shop Once Upon A Tart, after SoHo neighborhood groups complained. Sullivan Street residents say that noise from Navy's music and customers has become unbearable, describing the restaurant, which opened earlier this year, as a "nightlife kind of place that is impossible for residents to live with."
Abramcyk and partner Akiva Elstein have reportedly offered to take over Once Upon A Tart, since the longstanding shop's owner, Jerome Audureau, isn't interested in dealing with the skyrocketing rent anymore. Audureau says he believes Abramcyk and Elstein will "carry on the spirit of the bakery," but neighbors don't agree, especially since Abramcyk applied for that now-withdrawn liquor license. "It’s a good strategy [for Navy] to incorporate a beloved neighborhood institution as a Trojan horse to introduce a new party venue," Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, told The Villager.
This isn't the first time Abramcyk's been embroiled in a neighborhood noise battle. He ran West Village spot Beatrice Inn, which shuttered in 2009 and racked up a number of complaints from residents. The noise was reportedly so bad that co-owner Paul Sevigny let a neighbor live rent-free in the club's VIP apartment after that neighbor made multiple complaints.