Monday, April 23, 2012

From Prospect Place Neighbors: PPN's Letter to Interested Parties

(From Prospect Place Neighbors -

TO: Interested Parties, Media Outlets, and Press Contacts
FROM: Prospect Place Neighbors (
RE: Liquor license sought by Kemistry LLC
DATE: April 23, 2012

SUBJECT: Prospect Place Neighbors Press Points for CB6 Meeting about Kemistry lounge

Please be aware that the next CB6 meeting will be held Monday April 23rd at 6:30 PM at Prospect Park YMCA (357 9th Street, 7th floor).Along with fellow neighborhood residents, Prospect Place Neighbors will be attending this meeting to discuss the liquor license sought by Kemistry LLC and represent the interests of the residents on and near the block bounded by Prospect Place, 6th Avenue, St. Marks Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope.

  • Kemistry Lounge would be the largest nightclub in central Brooklyn with a capacity of 225 people on two floors with live performances, DJs, a full bar, and dancing.
  • Kemistry Lounge would be the first establishment doing hostess-served hard alcohol bottle service in Park Slope and Prospect Heights, and only the second in all of Brooklyn.
    • According to City Council member Melinda Katz: bottle service rastically increases patrons' incentive to drink intemperately and promotes dangerous levels of drunkenness' and facilitates 'service to minors.'
  • Kemistry Lounge plans exit and large windows onto a quiet residential block of Prospect Place.
    • Despite a commitment at the previous CB6 meeting to “brick up” the back entrance to Prospect Place to address resident concerns, Kemistry has now rescinded on this commitment.
  • The proposed night club is within 500 feet of 8 establishments with full liquor licenses (, is on a block with 6 storefronts of preschool facilities ( and and is completely out of scale with a residential neighborhood.
  • Though we believed – and continue to believe – that Kemistry is simply not site appropriate, we honored the request by the CB6 to negotiate in good faith with Kemistry, facilitated by the North Flatbush BID, to seek a set of stipulations that could address the community’s most pressing concerns. After a frustrating experience attempting to negotiate reasonable terms including hours, bottle service and bricking up the rear window, our conviction remains that Kemistry is an incompatible business for the proposed location that refuses to negotiate with the community in good faith. We ask that Community Board 6 reject the Kemistry Lounge liquor license application.
More information about Prospect Place Neighbors can be found at:
Our email address is

Additionally, we have set up a web site - North Flatbush Neighbors (, in order to organize and mobilize both our block as well as the residents of surrounding blocks in Prospect Heights and Park Slope that are concerned with out-of-scale and out-of-context new business development in our neighborhood. More information can be found at:

Our full press kit for tonight's CB6 meeting is available as a Google Doc here:

From Prospect Place Neighbors: Press Kit for CB6 Meeting

The Prospect Place Neighbors press kit for tonight's CB6 meeting is available as a Google Doc here:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A couple social media outlets associated with North Flatbush Neighbors:

A Letter to the North Flatbush Business Improvement District and to Community Board 6

NFBID: Executive Director: Sharon Davidson; Class A, Property Owners: Regina
Cahill (President), Mathew Pintchik, Michael Pintchik, Henry Weinstein, Lina Fang,
Chris King; Class B, Commercial Tenants: Alison Houtte (Hooti Couture), Diane
Allison (Christian Science Reading Room), Greg Yerman (Burrito Bar and Kitchen),
Jack Pytlik (Ocean’s 8). All local businesses

Brooklyn Community Board Six: Chairperson: David Kummer; District Manager:
Craig Hammerman; all Board Members

Regarding the proposed "Kemistry Lounge" at 260 Flatbush Avenue

We urge your organizations to do everything in your power to fairly address community
concerns regarding the impact of potential late night establishments (such as the proposed
Kemistry Lounge) along North Flatbush Avenue, on the quality of life for residents of the
surrounding blocks of Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Although we are supportive of
continued development of North Flatbush Avenue, we believe such development must be
done with regard for the extremely close proximity of quiet, almost entirely residential
blocks. In particular, we oppose the practice of hostess served hard liquor bottle
service, which Kemistry Lounge proposes to offer, as a form of extreme nightlife not
suited to a primarily residential area (and in this case, sandwiched between two private
residences). We recognize that the decisions made regarding the operation of Kemistry
will likely set the tone of future development, and thus consider this case to have
significant implications for the broader area.

In your deliberations, and in your respective roles in this matter and certainly many
similar instances to come, please make every effort to seriously consider and address
community concerns, and to maintain an open and respectful dialogue with community
representatives. You organizations’ handling of this case is of utmost importance to us
and we will follow any decisions closely.

Concerned Residents of zip code 11217