Community Board 1 in Williamsburg had their final vote last night regarding Starbucks’ request for a liquor license for the forthcoming North 7th location. I talked to Esther Bell, the owner of The West via email who attended the meeting. Esther attended the meeting to speak against the liquor license, but it turned out to be unnecessary as the license was announced to be rejected. From Esther:
I am convinced that our presence was important and the fact that we were largest crowd cheering on the board’s decision helped them know that they made right choice. I guess we had about 20-25 people at one point but many could not find a chair or didn’t have time to stay.
By the end of the meeting of eternity, we still had a great crowd like third generation Italian Willamsburgite Rose Gratis and Williamsburg Pizza owner Nino Coniglio and photographer Alyssa Kirsten. or resident and cupcake artist Terazka Degroff & Douglas Turner art curator plus many more.
The meeting was not only long, but when our issue was going to be addressed we actually didn’t get to speak because the Board voted NO to the Starbucks alcohol license before anyone who signed spoke. Regardless, it was a victory but we haven’t won the war.
There is still an outside chance that the State Liquor Board could grant them a license, but having been rejected by the community board on both votes should make it very difficult.
– Josh Morrissey @joshmorrissey