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The Jane Seems Safe . . . For Now

It became completely apparent this week just how much the local community hates having the Jane Hotel as the home of New York's most popular nightclub. But it also became apparent that unless something drastic happens, the Jane is not going away anytime soon. But DBTH, how can you be so sure? Excellent question. You see, once the SLA issues a liquor license, it takes them an awfully long time to strip it away. The SLA also allows an operator who is in violation of their license agreement to continue to operate until a hearing is held to determine the fate of the license, giving the operator a chance to prove that they have made strides to fix the problems. Of course, New York City Agencies do have a coordinated team that rolls out en masse to investigate bars and venues that rack up numerous complaints, and we expect the Jane is on the list to be visited sometime very soon. That means they better have their ducks in row in terms of making sure no one under age is inside, there is no smoking, no capacity issues, etc etc. But unless it's egregious, the Jane will still stay open.

This neighborhood group is not a real force to be reckon with, but the City agencies and PD are. Our suggestion? Stop having live bands, do everything to fix the traffic issues, force patrons to enter from the West Side Highway side of the building, and make sure your security keeps everything in control inside the room. It may go a long way to fixing things before they get fixed for you.

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Reader Comments (13)

i've been dealing with the SLA recently for another liquor issue, and believe me, they take a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time to get anything done. if you're on the side of the issue that needs expediency, then good luck!

September 24, 2009 at 12:23PM | Unregistered Commenterveteran

I don t know much about running a bar/club..but wouldnt it hurt business if they constantly have the PD, Fire Dept, etc showing up? What is to stop the neighborhood from calling the PD and say drugs are being sold, making up other complaints, etc? or does this not affect business that much?

September 24, 2009 at 12:27PM | Unregistered Commenternewbie

They may have a little time to fix these egregious problems, but the proposed rooftop bar will never, ever happen, and they will continue to be barraged by 311 calls from 110 Horatio. Better get those ducks in a row people.

September 24, 2009 at 12:28PM | Unregistered CommenterMB

There are catering trucks rumbling at 95 Horatio street all night, people on the lower floors pay less in rent for a reason. It would help if they turned as much of the "loitering" around (the other way) to the end of the block as possible, rather than stretching the line out to washington. But this isn't the beatrice, folks -- the owners are well capitalized and know how the game is played.

September 24, 2009 at 12:36PM | Unregistered Commenterteabiscuit

Hopefully they're in the process of making these changes - it would be nice to see a venue be able to peacefully coexist with it's neighbors. There is certainly some low hanging fruit that should be easily addressed.

September 24, 2009 at 01:49PM | Unregistered CommenterColin

went to check it out on tuesday and they seem to be doing a much better job of controlling the street and the block.

September 24, 2009 at 02:02PM | Unregistered Commentercitizenjim

Having been through the liquor license process with the SLA & community boards for licenses both in & out of hotels in the past, there are a few relevant points that should be made:

1) I would assume The Jane is operating under a hotel license - it is much easier to obtain (& equally difficult to lose) a hotel liquor license than it is to obtain a liquor license for a standalone venue.

2) Sean & Eric have a long & generally positive track record with the city & the SLA.

3) Yes, the neighbors can cause inconveniences for them via 311 calls & community board activity but if they operate the space within the letter of the law there is little risk to them of losing the license.

4) As to the rooftop space, they will have huge issues with the community board. I know of virtually no rooftop license being approved by the community board in recent years without an extensive stipulation agreement covering issues such as operating hours, music levels, soundproofing requirements, etc. If they can work out a stip agreement with the community board that addresses most of the neighbors concerns (a tough sell considering how aggravated & mobilized the neighbors are) then there is a chance they could get CB blessing for a rooftop. Even if they are flat out denied by the CB, they still can apply to the SLA & hope they have enough juice to get it through. It's rare but it has happened before.

5) If they show good faith efforts toward working to address neighbor concerns both the CB and the police/city agencies actually are able to make the distinction between those complainants who genuinely want their problems solved & those who just want to bitch. I've dealt with both types...

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