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Village residents sue liquor authority over Chumley’s license

Plaintiffs say once esteemed watering hole was a den of "bridge-and-tunnel partygoers"

February 25, 2014 05:42PM

From left: 86 Bedford Street and Chumley's interior before the TK closing

From left: 86 Bedford Street and Chumley’s interior before the 2007 closing

Neighbors have filed suit against the New York State Liquor Authority in an effort to keep Chumley’s, once a favorite watering hole of the city’s literati, from reopening in the West Village.

Area residents argue that the 86 Bedford Street site, where the pub’s facade was restored after a 2007 collapse, lacks any historic value and served primarily as “a major destination for tourists, undergraduates and barhopping bridge-and-tunnel partygoers,” in its last incarnation, according to the lawsuit. For that reason neighbors suffered “for years from the impact of the former Cumley’s,” it continued.

Because there are several bars within a 500-foot radius of the venue, the plaintiffs argue that the SLA should never have granted Chumley’s another liquor license in the first place. With so many in close proximity, they argue, a new license requires additional review.

The SLA did not immediately respond to DNAinfo’s request for comment. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland

  • Chummy

    These NIMBYs are insufferable.

  • not from jersey but why hate?

    That’s really mean to disdain people from New Jersey like that. What did they ever do to you?

  • DanM

    I always loved going in and out of Chumleys through the alleyway for the prohibition era nostalgia…true historic preservation. But, apparently, historic preservation is only valuable to neighbors if it freezes development and discourages visitors from ‘outside.’ I suggest that Chumley’s opponents move to colonial Williamsburg. Oh, wait, they get tourists too.

  • annashun1

    In the meanwhile, they have granted a liquor license to a new Denny’s in TriBeca. NYC, wtf happened to you?

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