Bushwick community board gives bars midnight curfew on Sundays

Jeff Pan, owner of Bushwick bar Skytown, said that a midnight curfew would seriously affect his business. (Photo via Google.)
Jeff Pan, owner of Bushwick bar Skytown, said that a midnight curfew would seriously affect his business. Credit: Google

Community Board 4 has apparently initiated a midnight curfew on Sundays for Bushwick bars, according to a report from DNAinfo.

The board reportedly issued new liquor licenses with the rule this month for new bars and existing venues renewing their licenses.

The board’s district manager, Nadine Whitted, and the chair of the public safety committee responsible for the rule apparently did not provide comment to explain the decision, but a board member, local artist Deborah Brown, blamed a “dramatic influx” of area bars.

“I can’t go out on my street without seeing one,” Austin Martinez, another resident and board member told DNA. “They’re opening up everywhere.”

Bar owners are apparently criticizing the rule as “weird” and arbitrary.

“It would affect me significantly,” said Jeff Pan, the owner of a cafe and bar called Skytown. “The majority of our alcohol sales occur after midnight.”

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