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A win for Maspeth

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am

Also worth applauding is the State Liquor Authority’s denial Tuesday of a license for the Knockdown Center in Maspeth to sell alcohol.

The chairman cited “strong community opposition” as the key reason for denying a liquor license to the controversial arts and events center. That’s an understatement. Community Board 5, the 104th Precinct, all area civic leaders and all area elected officials, with one exception, opposed the request. So did this newspaper, in our April 17 editorial [go online to bit.ly/1kTYrh9 if you missed it].

The center’s location on Flushing Avenue simply is not the place for thousands of young people to be drinking.

The denial shows that public opinion still matters in America, and should encourage more people to speak up on public affairs in Queens and beyond.

Welcome to the discussion.