Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mehanata can't open...yet

The 25 July meeting of Community Board 3 saw the application for Mehanata’s new liquor license denied despite over 1750 signatures on a petition, the endorsement of over 500 local residents and numerous other shows of support. So Mehanata will not be able to reopen as planned at its new Ludlow Street location any time soon.

To get an idea of the debate over the bar’s new location, check out the comments on our 21 July post,
Save Mehanata! Somehow most of the comments are negative and are against reopening the bar on Ludlow Street, but we (as East Village residents ourselves) agree with the anonymous commenter who asked why the naysayers live on the LES at all if they are bothered by the nightlife.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"but we (as East Village residents ourselves) agree with the anonymous commenter who asked why the naysayers live on the LES at all if they are bothered by the nightlife."

The Lower East Side and the East Village's conversion from scary neighborhood to nightlife mecca is pretty recent. When I moved to Ave. C more than a decade ago there wasn't a single bar there, now there are about two dozen liquor licenses issued for Ave. C. Why should long time residents be forced to move just because a lot of people decide our neighborhood is a fun place to party? I know my neighbors, I've been a part of my block association, volunteered in the community, made connections, should I throw that all away because a bunch of 20-somethings want to get drunk? Sure, if you're moving to the East Village/LES right now you'd expect a lot of partying but there were a lot people here before, and we're the ones who are complaining.

Mehanata wasn't exactly in a residential neighborhood before, why can't they find something else on Canal St.?

lesider said...

I completely agree, I have lived here for over a decade about 30 feet from Mehanata. When I moved here it there were 3 prominent bars on Ludlow St. Luna Lounge, Max Fish and Ludlow Lounge. When I moved here I was in the quiet part of town nothing but drug dealers who kept the street safe for locals.
What was really amazing is the lies told to the community board, that the June opening night was a wedding when the flyer was up on the internet, and that the caberet license was needed for cultural performances and not a raging nightclub. In the end the lies and prior reputation killed you no one else.