Dancing denounced: Panel rejects Club Amnesia’s cabaret license

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Club Amnesia can forget about dancing the night away, a Bay Ridge panel ruled last week.

Community Board 10 voted 33 to one to bar the controversial Fourth Avenue nightclub from getting a cabaret license — which would allow them to have dancing — but club owners said the board couldn’t stop one’s right to shake their groove thing.

“Every group needs and has a right to party,” Amnesia manager Charles Atiles told the board at their Feb. 27 meeting. The Board’s decision follows a unanimous committee resolution against the events hall on Feb. 15.

Amnesia opened between 100th and 101st streets as a steakhouse in 2009, but the owners converted it into a rentable space for private gatherings last summer.

But neighbors say Amnesia is primarily a nightclub where its patrons are frequently found vomiting and vandalizing the area. The supper club’s valets also block nearby driveways for parking, residents complain.

Maria Mirra, an attorney for Club Amnesia said many of the allegations against the club were “never substantia­ted.”

“Our clientele are working-class residents who hold local jobs, not thugs and hooligans,” Mirra said, adding that club owner Frank Sofia has invested in soundproofing, parking, and security.

Club Amnesia’s landlord Arthur Maresca also defended the spot, saying that he lives six blocks away and he’s “never observed any problems.”

Atiles said Club Amnesia has benefitted Bay Ridge by renting space to community groups for fundraisers, families celebrating First Communions, and by “offering people peaceful enjoyment of dance in their community.”

Police and public safety committee chairman George Fontas said no one spoke in favor of the license besides those connected the club at his committee meeting, and club operators admitted that they permitted dancing without a cabaret license.

CB10 may have shot down Club Amnesia’s cabaret license request, but the place can still serve alcohol. The city may also authorize a cabaret license down the line, since the board’s opinion is only advisory in nature.

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Don't Give Up... from Bay Ridge says:
I live and work in bay ridge, sorry to say that my neighbors suffer from amnesia themselves ... they can't remember being young. Sadly, they can't remember their own parents calling them , hippies, reckless, unmotivated or telling them to come home and stop hanging out in the neighborhood. I guess they turned out well and perfect in spite of the opinions of adults during their own teenage years. Come on let every generation have their own music, experiences and artistic exchanges. Remember when the Beatles were the worst group in the world bringing "that" music to america causing a revolution... have you all forgotten, do you have your own amnesia issues... music, musicians, dance styles and attire that were almost outlawed are now considered "nostalgic" and can be found in our history books and museums with accolades ... remember WOODSTOCK ???? The FBI was watching , remember.... ? Bay Ridge Community Board 10 and those residents in opposition to Amnesia from obtaining a cabaret should remember their own parents, the opinions of another time and their own responses at that time . Unfortunately many of you have evolved into your very own parents and their narrow thinking , sad but true.
March 7, 2012, 12:35 am
bkborn from Bay Ridge says:
That club has been nothing but a problem.Double parked cars, screaming patrons at 3:30am. I live very close to the club and I have been woken by the noise of screaming and fighting from the patrons of this place. I have called the police on numerous occassions. I witnessed this past weekend 2 cars slamming into each other and crashing into parked cars. Women screaming in the street with no shoes on! REALLY? I moved into this neighborhood because it is considered a better part of BK but I thought I was in the ghetto watching the mess on 100 street this past Friday.
March 19, 2012, 11:57 am

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