Some Bronx bar owners who play music may need license to stay open after 1 a.m.
(01/31/04) THROGS NECK - Bronx bar owners who play music at their establishments could have to get a new license to stay open after 1 a.m. Members of the Department of Consumer Affairs are proposing the license as a way to help deal with noise complaints.
The plan would require a special two-year license for any nightspot with a capacity of 75 people or more and where the music would be 90 decibels or higher. New York Nightlife Association officials say the new license would be difficult for some Bronx bar owners who are already losing money because of the recent state smoking ban. A license could cost more than $1,000. Some Bronx bar owners say such a law might force them to close their businesses.
The plan would abolish the city's cabaret law. Members of the city council have yet to approve the proposal.