Maracas Sidewalk Cafe Permit Renewal

A renewal of the sidewalk cafe permit for Maracas Restaurant will be on the agenda of the Sidewalks, Public Facilities and Public Access Committee of Community Board 2 in the near future. Maracas Restaurant's sidewalk cafe has been an endless source of noise and disturbance on Greenwich Avenue for years. The frequently inebriated patrons of the sidewalk cafe scream and shout all night long with no regard for the residents who live above the restaurant at 33 Greenwich Avenue, as well as those in adjacent and opposite buildings. Despite assurances to the contrary by the owners of Maracas, the management and staff at the restaurant show little interest in maintaining any semblance of quiet and responsible behavior on the part of the patrons. The staff/management of Maracas have treated residents of 33 Greenwich Avenue rudely when residents have voiced their concerns in person. During the warmer months, the spillover crowd smoking and talking beyond the sidewalk cafe enclosure effectively makes it impossible to use the sidewalk itself. Maracas and its patrons are notorious in our entire residential neighborhood for a total lack of consideration. Calls to 311 help to build a complaint file against Maracas with Precinct 6, but are not an efficacious method of dealing with the scale of the problem. As the noise ebbs and flows, the police do not always arrive at the peak of the problem. Therefore, we urge the Sidewalks, Public Facilities and Public Access Committee and the entirety of Community Board 2 TO DENY the application for a renewal of the sidewalk cafe permit by Maracas Restaurant. Please sign this petition, and please forward it to other concerned neighborhood residents.

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