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It’s a No for Second Bar at Café Select

It’s a No for Second Bar at Café Select

Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

Community Board 2's SLA committee rejected Café Select co-owner Oliver Stumm's application to turn a service bar into a liquor-serving stand-up bar. The vote followed protests from Nolita locals, including Georgette Fleischer, who¬†described the popular spot as "very destructive to the neighborhood." Stumm said the move was just an effort to better serve dining-room customers, but Fleischer claimed Café Select was already¬†disturbing residents with crowds, "loud noise and long hours" lasting until dawn, saying another bar would add to the problems. Opponents claimed¬†that Select's back room and cellar¬†were operating illegally as a party venue, but Stumm's lawyer denied that allegation, pointing out that the cellar spot was so¬†small and had such a low ceiling¬†that "you'd have to stoop to get into it."

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