Contentious Maspeth Knockdown Center faces opposition in liquor license application


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Knockdown Center/ Ariana Page Russell

The Knockdown Center has applied for a liquor license from the State Liquor Authority again, but the community board is once again in opposition.

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Cheap Shots on the rocks: SLA to vote on liquor license


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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The New York State Liquor Authority will vote next Tuesday to either cut off a problematic college bar in Queens or let the drinks keep flowing.

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Councilmember Richards refuses bribe to support liquor store near Springfield Gardens school


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A would-be business owner was recently busted for attempting to bribe a southeast Queens pol, according to officials. Tarsem Singh applied to open a liquor store on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from Springfield Gardens High School. The proposal was heavily opposed by Councilmember Donovan Richards and the Springfield Gardens community. “Our children […]

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Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The southeast Queens community has successfully shut down a proposal to put a liquor store mere steps from Springfield Gardens High School. The shop was set to move into a new building on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from the high school. Councilmember Donovan Richards, State Senator James Sanders and the community rallied […]

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Liquor Authority votes no booze for Astoria bikini bar


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The girls can show some skin, but cannot serve guests some drinks. On July 2, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) rejected a liquor license application from the owners of Racks, a restaurant and bar that owners are seeking to open at 19-26 Steinway Street. During the SLA meeting, local politicians and residents showed up to […]

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Springfield Gardens doesn’t want liquor store near school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Springfield Gardens wants to make sure the area around its high school stays dry. A construction site across the street from Springfield Gardens High School could be the new home for a liquor store. But the community is calling for its owner to put a cork in it. “We are not going to get drunk […]

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Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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The top has come off for one Astoria bikini bar. Slinking under the guise of a regular lounge, Queen of Hearts’ thinly-veiled attempt to renew its liquor license, without alerting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that it’s gone nearly-naked, has local leaders drafting legislation to expose them and similarly shady businesses. Initiated by Assemblymember Aravella […]

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LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license


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After two strikes, a Long Island City strip club is taking another swing at a liquor license. 21 Group Inc. — the proprietors of the controversial Show Palace strip club — requested that the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) reconsider the venue’s recent application. In June, the SLA sent 21 Group Inc. a denial […]

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Lindenwood Shopping Center to get better signs, liquor store


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The Lindenwood Shopping Center is bustling. A bolder fire lane and repainted parking lines were added to the center’s busy parking lot following a number of complaints from residents and elected officials. New, larger signage will be installed soon as well. Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, who pushed for clearer lines and direction in the shopping center, […]

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State forum helps build small business in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Established and potential small business owners filled the auditorium of the Flushing Library with pens and paper in hand (and a few laptops), ready to jot down information on ways to help their small businesses. Around 250 people attended the August 22 event, which was the last in a series of small business forums that […]

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Cuomo signs tax exemption for state breweries


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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation recently that gives small breweries in New York state an important tax exemption and waives an annual state liquor authority fee. In April, a similar state tax break ended after a Massachusetts-based beer importer, Shelton Brothers, filed a lawsuit. The state, which last year launched an “I Love NY Brew” […]

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Long Island City strip club denied liquor license


| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

            Instead of “take it off,” Long Island City is shouting, “shut it down!”             After rallying in front of a local strip club to block its opening, L.I.C. residents and officals got their wish as the club, Gypsy rose, was denied a liquor license by the State Liquor Authority on January 18.             Councilmember […]

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New liquor laws to help communities


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Bars and other liquor serving establishments seeking licenses may have a tougher time due to new legislation from the State Senate sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan. The State Senate passed two bills last month aimed at strengthening New York State's liquor laws following months of hearings by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) taskforce last year. […]

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Pols call for City Liquor Agency


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Shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law tougher regulations for city bars and clubs, City Councilmember Melinda Katz and Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer are calling for the creation of a City Liquor Authority (CLA). The proposal, which would require legislation on both the state and city level, would create a new agency in charge of […]

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