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A process server representing the owners of a proposed bar and restaurant in Gravesend that was denied a liquor license interrupted Community Board 15′s September meeting last night, serving papers for a $180 million lawsuit that claims the Board conspired to defame the owners, and discriminated against them based on their Russian roots.

Pleasure Island, also known as Galaxy, located at 816 Avenue U, was denied a liquor license by the State Liquor Authority in 2011 – and again by the Community Board earlier this year – after locals learned of plans to reactivate a bar that some said was a hotbed for underage drinking and rowdiness. The lawsuit claims, though, that those neighbors were misled by numerous community leaders in a smear campaign orchestrated by Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, possibly for discriminatory reasons.

“She’s saying these people aren’t Jewish enough,” Susan Bernstein, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told Sheepshead Bites. “She wants what she wants in that neighborhood. A Community Board isn’t a despotic agency that can decide what business can open and close. They spread intentional lies about the two individuals involved.”

Keep reading, and view the lawsuit documents.

“Bullet Points” is our new format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Board votes against naming street after activist and vocal Community Board critic Mary Powell: Members of the Board voted overwhelmingly to reject a street co-naming proposal for Mary Powell, the longtime president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association who passed away in 2010. Members of Powell’s family and the civic requested the renaming to honor her legacy of a life dedicated to others. They have also set up a foundation in her name to encourage youths to be more involved in their community. During her tenure as president of the MMHC, Powell was an outspoken critic of Community Board 15, particularly on the issue of the politicized process of board appointments and the need for more transparency.

The board also voted to reject a street co-naming proposal for Joe Paterno, the Marine Park native whose tenure as coach of the Penn State football team won him entry to the Hall of Fame. Paterno passed away in January, shortly after retiring in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal surrounding his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

They rejected two other co-naming proposals – for Rabbi Samuel Fink, of Young Israel of Bedford Bay, and Daniel Sabatino, of Sabatino Funeral Home – ultimately approving none.

This one’s a long one! Keep reading to find out what else happened.

816 Avenue U (Source: Robert Fieseler/The Brooklyn Ink)

Just over three months after local leaders emerged victorious in a fight barring a new bar and lounge from opening on Avenue U, the establishment’s owners have tweaked their plans and requested Community Board 15′s approval for a liquor license.

The owners of the business at 816 Avenue U, previously named Pleasure Island, have changed the proposed name to Galaxy, and met with Community Board 15′s executive committee to stress that they were planning a calmer environment by making it a full-fledged restaurant rather than a bar, in an apparent concession to neighbors’ wishes.

The board voted to reject the business’ new proposal, saying that the owners’ histories cast doubt on their promises of working with the neighborhood.

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816 Avenue U (Source: Robert Fieseler/The Brooklyn Ink)

We reported exactly one month ago that the State Liquor Authority voted to deny Gravesend’s Pleasure Island (816 Avenue U) a liquor license unless they could rally community support within 30 days. The deadline passed, and, with no community support reported, the denial is now official.

“My office has been working with the community since last May to preserve its’ peace and quiet,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. “While I applaud the Liquor Authority for making the right decision, I also credit the community that rallied against this troublesome establishment by writing, emailing and calling the Liquor Authority to make their feelings known.”

The owners hoped to reopen Pleasure Island and reestablish it as an upscale restaurant and lounge, rather than the rowdy club that angered Orthodox residents living around the establishment. With one of the previous owners serving as a minority partner in the new business, residents expressed outrage, flooding Community Board 15, 311 and local elected officials with hundreds of calls and complaints.

According to Cymbrowitz, the former owners were hit with serious violations, including serving alcohol after hours and failure to permit an inspection, and police response to the location included assault and harassment calls.

“I am a supporter of small business and believe that it is important to encourage their growth. Not only do they create jobs, but they generally provide something for the community,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release issued today. “However, this business was a plague on the community.”


816 Avenue U (Source: Robert Fieseler/The Brooklyn Ink)

Following a barrage of complaints from the community, the State Liquor Authority voted yesterday to deny the owners of a would-be bar and lounge in Gravesend permits to sell booze if they cannot rally support from neighbors in the next 30 days.

The owners seek to reopen Pleasure Island, a former bar at 816 Avenue U that racked up many complaints from neighbors. Though they said earlier this year that they planned to reestablish it as an upscale restaurant and lounge, rather than the rowdy club that angered Orthodox residents living around the establishment, locals express doubt, especially since one of the previous owners would be a partner in the new business.

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