This past Wednesday the Community Board 2 committee voted against a dance club at the corner of Front and Old Fulton streets in DUMBO. The cabaret license request was made by the owners of One Front restaurant, who want to add dancing to the 2nd floor of their establishment, which includes a restaurant on the ground floor and mezzanine.
Today the NY Post has some choice quotes from the meeting. Owner Marcelo Pevida said he wanted the cabaret license "to improve my establishment for our community.” But resident Gary Van der Putten explained: “what happens is that these kinds of places get cabaret licenses then, all of a sudden, they deteriorate into clubs.”
Somehow the city still insists on enforcing their prohibition-era cabaret law, which requires a special permit for any place that wants to have more than two people dancing. Residents of DUMBO asked how approving Pevida's license would benefit the community, to which he said it would give people a place to go dancing. The NIMBY's reply: “We don’t want to dance!”
Pevida will take his case to the full board next week. In the meantime, some people really need to watch Footloose.