Village Baha'i Center Shouldn't Stop Pub From Opening Nearby, Backers Say

New York City Baha'i Center

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A proposed jazz club that wants to open near a longtime spiritual center claims state law mandating a minimum distance between bars and religious institutions should not apply because the center is not an official house of worship.

While the SLA requires a 200-foot distance between the bar and the altar, supporters of the new club looking to open on East 11th Street say the potential pub's proximity to a Baha'i center shouldn't kill their plans.

Lawyers for the planned club Analogue, which is negotiating a lease at 41 E. 11th St., say the State Liquor Authority's 200-foot rule, which separates bars from places of worship and schools, should not apply to the New York City Baha'i Center at 53 E. 11th St., just two doors down.

With some exceptions, the state will not issue full liquor licenses to establishments on the same street and within 200 feet of a building used exclusively for worship or as a school, according to state documents.

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