Friends of Sunset Park sent out an email reminding concerned residents about tonight's public hearing. I can't vouch for the content as completely factual (I do know that the 6 PM start time listed for the Public Hearing is off by 30 minutes - the time is 6:30 PM.), but perhaps the author can be forgiven as enthusiastic about the neighborhood's safety:
2004 VIVA MEXICO, is one of a least 4 bars on 5th Avenue between 39th and 41st Streets that parade as restaurants and whose only business is to prey on immigrant men whose need for "companionship" makes them easy targets for over-consumption/abuse of alcohol, as well as illegal substances. Aside from the alcohol abuse, 2004 VIVA MEXICO also provides dance partners at $2-$3/dance. Therefore, it is also operating as a CABARET; it was our understanding that their site doesn't permit the operation of a cabaret. Further, anyone who looks in can see that they are operating over capacity. Just count the number of tables and chairs and do a quick sq. footage calculation; you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
As the warmer weather approaches patrons of these bars enter the park in their drunken stupor to relieve themselves, as well as to sleep the morning away; great example for our children!! It is also not unusual to see totally alcohol-impaired patrons get into their cars after exiting one of these bars and drive away. Scary, to say the least... And, if you live on 40th or 41st Streets, try getting some sleep between midnight and 3-4 AM while (1)Car Service cars are competing for customers as they leave the bars via RELENTLESS honking and screaming while negotiating fares, (2)Bar patrons carry on loud and obscene conversations under residential windows, (3)Bar patrons get in their cars and turn car radios to maximum volume, (4)Bar patrons line up against residential walls to urinate and on and on.
COME AND VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE LIQUOR LICENSE RENEWAL FOR 2004 VIVA MEXICO. LET IT BE KNOWN THAT SUNSET PARK VALUES ITS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS HAS NO PLACE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!