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Now Here's Hoping The Park Hyatt New York Gets a Liquor License

Where: 153 W. 57th St. [map], New York, NY, United States
March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | ()

Just last week, we got overly excited about the opening date for the Park Hyatt New York (according to the website it's August 28th; according to hotel insiders, it's sometime earlier in the summer.) But then a reader tipped us off to this report from DNAInfo.com which said the hotel had been denied a liquor license from the community board. Oh sh*t.

Neighbors who live behind the building sent their recommendation to the State Liquor Authority to not approve a liquor license for their hotel because they are worried a second-floor terrace will host loud outdoor parties "that would echo through their rear courtyard." They're also pretty fed up with all the 24-hour construction drama that One57 has caused in the past few years and so this might be a little way to exact some revenge for all the nuisance the building has already caused.

Interestingly, the terrace is attached to an executive board room (you can read the info here.) and has a capacity for only 18-people but the hotel still intends to use it for meetings, catering and private parties. Eighteen people is pretty small but the neighbors say that even the "regular conversation of workers — is amplified through the courtyard all the way up to their building's top floor."

While the concern of the neighbors is very real, this is the Park Hyatt we're talking about. They will get this liquor license approved, they might have to close off that terrace but they'll get 'er done.

Indeed the hotel is set to show up at the next State Liquor Authority meeting to show that having a liquor license is in the public's best interest. To be continued...

Archived Comments:

As my kids would say...

...these are first world problems.  The neighbors needs to get a grip.  They have a lot more new buildings coming their way, so it's time to get real (or get out).  Either way, they win.  Values in that area are going through the roof, so to speak.

Yes, the outdoor terrace is the problem

Thanks for the balanced article.  Keep in mind that the outdoor terrace is not small - it's 1,050 square feet, according to the Park Hyatt website.  It's behind the hotel in a cavernous echo chamber formed by the surrounding buildings.  If the outdoor terrace were out of the plan, no one would object to the liquor license.

If intense noise 30 feet from your rear windows is a "first-world problem," then the inability to buy alcohol in a hotel whose rooms start at $885 per night is a problem so trivial it doesn't even get on the scale.

Park Hyatt Liquor License

The Park Hyatt would have had its liquor license by now if they had been willing to make one realistic compromise:  close off the terrace and agree not to use it.  Once they agree, they shouldn't have any further problems, although their intransigence and unwillingness to negotiate haven't helped their cause.

The Park Hyatt representatives told Community Board 5 that the Boardroom capacity was limited to 18 and that the terrace capacity was limited to 12; however, they refused to stipulate as to those numbers and, according to their website, the intended capacity of the Boardroom is 60, of the terrace is 100.  They also intend to have 885 people using the entire event space, which would include access to the terrace. <a href="http://www.newyork.park.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/park/nycph/Documents/All/Park-Hyatt-New-York-Capacity-Chart.pdf">http://www.newyork.park.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/park/nycph/Documents/All/Park-Hyatt-N ew-York-Capacity-Chart.pdf</a>

They also told CB5 that the terraces were intended as places for smokers, while they told the SLA that smoking is not allowed anywhere on hotel property, including the terraces.

At the SLA Hearing on March 20th, the hotel's attorneys told the hearing officer that the space was "solely for executives, cooped up in 2-hour meetings, to have a place to get some fresh air."  The SLA representative at the hearing pointed out that those cooped-up executives could simply walk down one flight of stairs to 57th Street, or walk 2 blocks to Central Park, rather than get their fresh air in the alleyway abutting their neighbors' apartments.

The Park Hyatt representatives didn't show up at the full Community Board hearing to discuss or answer questions about their intended use.

There is no appropriate use of the outdoor terraces at this site, which are but 15 feet from the property line and 30 feet from the bedrooms of neighboring apartment buildings.