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Harlem Community Board Considers Earlier Last Call At Bars, Restaurants

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The nightlife is not the right life for some Harlem residents.

Community Board 10 is debating whether to require new bars and restaurants in the neighborhood to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. – two hours earlier than the traditional last call.

Board members, as well as residents, are divided on the issue.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

Some are concerned the area’s growing nightlife will get out of hand and harm the quality of life.

“Just for the sake of residents and others, 2 o’clock will be a great time for everybody to go home and let everybody sleep,” one man told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Over the past couple of years, the neighborhood has grown and developed into a late-night hotspot. The number of requests for liquor licenses has increased from up to two a month to as many as six per month, according to DNAinfo.

Some board members are concerned the earlier closing time would put newly licensed bars at a competitive disadvantage and possibly drive customers away from Harlem in search of bars open till 4 a.m.

“It’s about money, we know that, let’s not hide it,” one local said.

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