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Knockdown Center liquor license denied

State Liquor Authority cites community opposition as the reason for the decision

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:45 pm | Updated: 4:32 pm, Wed May 7, 2014.

The sparring match between the Knockdown Center and the community over the arts and entertainment venue's liquor license application is over, for now, with the opposed residents and elected officials winning by way of knockout.

The State Liquor Authority denied the liquor license application of the Knockdown Center, the controversial former factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, on Tuesday afternoon, with the overwhelming community opposition to the venue cited as the main reason for denial.

"We have gotten strong community opposition from all corners," SLA chairman Dennis Rosen said. "As far as we know, they did not change their position."

Unlike the April 22 hearing, when the vote on the application was tabled until today, Knockdown Center manager Tyler Myers was present.

The venue's operators had recently agreed to cut the building's capacity from 5,000 people to 3,100, but continued community opposition from elected officials such as state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and area civic groups proved to be too much for the SLA to ignore in making its decision.

Rosen also expressed uneasiness about the lack of late-night public transportation in the area around the Knockdown Center and the nearly one-mile walk to the closest L subway line stop as secondary reasons for the denial.

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