St. Marks Place resident Marisol Sang can’t use her patio anymore, and she doesn’t dare open her windows.
That’s because the drunken chatter generated by patrons of the Fourth Avenue Pub is so oppressive, her family is a shut-in in its own home.
“We are just sick and tired,” Sang said.
And residents say they’re not going to take it anymore.
Sang, along with others living near the pub, located at 76 Fourth Avenue, detailed the problems at a meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council this week.
“Every night is a party,” said St. Marks Place resident Tim Naylor.
He said patrons, whose numbers can swell to 60 in the beer garden that opened in back of the pub last year, render life unbearable for residents.
“We can’t open our windows,” he said.
Naylor, a cameraman by trade, said he now sleeps with earplugs just to be able to make it to early morning sets on time.
“It’s bananas,” he said.
And Sang said the noise is not relegated to the warm weather months.
“What’s incredible is that even when it’s snowing and raining, people are out there drinking and cursing,” she said.
So far, calls to 311 have yielded little progress, visibly frustrated residents said.
Captain Alan Abel, the commanding officer of the precinct, said he received complaints about the bar last year, and personally went there to gauge noise levels.
“I didn’t see anything amounting to a disorderly premises,” he said.
But the top cop vowed return visits this year. If necessary, he will be accompanied by a host of city agencies to check for all manner of violations, Abel said.
“We will be sure to visit during irregular times, he said.
The bar, known for its extensive beer menu, opened in 2006.
“We continue to make best efforts to run our business while living in harmony with the neighbors around us,” owner Jacob Rabinowitz said. “I certainly respect my neighbors.”
Nearly 10 years ago, Jeff Fader and his wife Liz moved from the Upper West Side to buy a brownstone on Bergen Street. The past two years “have been really bad,” Jeff said.
He said Rabinowitz has been amenable “on the surface.”
“He was apologetic about the noise, but it was all lip service. Nothing has happened [to alleviate it].”
Fader’s wife said that ever since she moved to Brooklyn, she has worked to transform the space in her backyard into a verdant getaway.
But her gardening now seems for naught, she said, since it now abuts the beer garden.
“Sitting outside is like being in the center of a basketball game,” she said. “It’s such a disappointment. Now I can’t enjoy it.”
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