Community Board No. 3, Manhattan, New York City




CB3 Restrictions for Liquor Licenses in Oversaturated Areas

It is well documented that the increase in nightlife businesses in Community Board 3 has resulted in many complaints regarding increased noise as well as increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic. CB 3 has more complaints than any other community board in the City. These complaints have evolved over time from complaints about specific businesses to complaints that are now also about the noise and congestion resulting from the great number of licensed businesses in certain areas.

Community Board 3 has listed the following areas where oversaturation of licensed business has negatively affected the quality of life of residents. CB 3 believes these areas are problem areas because of oversaturation, and we have a policy to not approve new licenses or expansions in these areas unless the applicants show public benefit or strong support from residents living in the immediate area (adjoining, above, across the street from and behind the business).

An exception to this policy is applications for beer wine licenses for businesses that will close by midnight, agree to never apply for full liquor licenses and meet other requirements.

  1. Avenue A between Houston Street and Fourteenth Street.
  2. Avenue B between Houston Street and Fourteenth Street.
  3. Avenue C between Houston Street and Fourteenth Street.
  4. [ 10 - 31 ] First Avenue between First Street and Second Street.
  5. [ 27 - 74 ] First Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
  6. [ 183 - 242 ] Fourth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.
  7. [ 500 - 599 ] Sixth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.
  8. [ 1 - 37 ] St. Mark's Place between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
  9. 12 St. Mark's Place, for which there have been persistent community complaints throughout its history as a licensed establishment.
  10. [ 85 - 138 ] St. Mark's Place between First Avenue and Avenue A.
  11. [ 1 - 73 ] Clinton Street between Houston Street and Rivington Street.
  12. [ 99 - 192 ] Ludlow Street between Houston Street and Delancey Street.
  13. [ 85 - 130 ] Rivington Street between Norfolk Street and Orchard Street.
  14. [ 144 - 202 ] Orchard Street between Houston Street and Rivington Street.