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December 21, 2000

Manhattan Community Board 2
3 Washington Square Village
New York, NY 10012

Re: 227 Mulberry Street (d/b/a Red Chamber); 57 Prince Street (d/b/a Cyber Cafè) Applications for OP liquor licenses

We again ask for your help in stopping an assault on the character of our neighborhood, which has been prevalently residential since time immemorial. We have passed the point of saturation: any given location in our neighborhood, be it proposed new restaurant, school, church or cemetery, falls within 500 feet of three or more fully licensed establishments.

For 227 Mulberry Street (d/b/a Red Chamber) they are:
Velvet         223 Mulberry Street
Spring Lounge         211 Mulberry Street
Mekong         44 Prince Street
Nolita’s         98 Kenmare Street
Le Jardin Bistro         25 Cleveland Place
Va Tutto         23 Cleveland Place
Mexican Radio         19 Cleveland Place

For 57 Prince Street (d/b/a Cyber Cafè) they are:
Velvet         223 Mulberry Street
Mekong         44 Prince Street
Pravda         281 Lafayette Street
Puck’s Fair         300 Lafayette Street

All but three of the above-mentioned establishments did not exist five years ago. While we understand and accept the change that has been taking place over the last five years, we just want to preserve the quiet, neighborly atmosphere of our neighborhood that has made it one of the nicest places to live in Manhattan. We realize that since it has been discovered by real estate brokers we cannot expect storefronts that have been used by light manufacturing or completely empty not to be rented to the highest bidder. We just ask that, in the interest of the investment that the new comers are making, that the character of the neighborhood, as well as the quality of life of its residents, be saved. Full liquor licenses to establishments that trumpet the high cachet of their operation or already have an established, thriving merchandising business, is not in the public interest.


Sante Scardillo