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By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Eagle

BAY RIDGE — Plans by the new owner of a trouble-plagued nightspot to convert the place into a karaoke lounge have Community Board 10 members singing the blues.

The board is seeking to stop the owner of V Restaurant and Bar at 834 62nd St. from getting a liquor license for the place. The board voted unanimously at its Nov. 21 meeting to recommend that the new York State Liquor Authority deny the owner’s liquor license application.

Susan Pulaski, chair of the board’s Police and Public Safety Committee, called the club “a blight in the neighborhood” and said board members doubt that “new changes will change the behavior of the club.”

The previous club at the location, known as the V Lounge, had a long history of violations, according to Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann. The violations — serving alcohol to minors, illegal drug use on premises, disorderly premises, and unreasonable noise — were so serious that the new York Police Department took the owners to court under the Nuisance Abatement Law, Beckmann said.

Beckmann attended a hearing at new York State Supreme Court regarding the nuisance abatement issue on Oct. 19.

“The owners of V Lounge agreed to close their premises for two weeks and pay a $3,000 fine,” she said. Neighbors living near the club have registered numerous complaints with Board 10 and police over the activities inside the place, Pulaski said.

The club has also been the scene of violence, according to Pulaski. two men were attacked on the sidewalk outside the club in February. Three people were stabbed in March and another two men were stabbed in July, Pulaski said.

The new owner, a registered nurse, purchased the club last month. She and her attorney attended a meeting of Pulaski’s committee on Nov. 16, at which the lawyer told the board the new owner shouldn’t be penalized for what happened at the nightspot under the previous owner.

But Pulaski said that when the committee members sought to speak with the owner directly so that they could ask her questions, they were told the owner doesn’t speak English, only Chinese.

“It was very insulting and unfair for the lawyer to tell us we can’t speak to the owner,” board member Susan Romero said.

through her attorney, the new owner told the committee at the Nov. 19 meeting that she planned to give the troubled nightspot a fresh start.

She planned to remove the club’s dance floor and replace it with 10 separate karaoke rooms that would be available for rent for up to $400, the attorney told committee members. The new karaoke club would seek to appeal to a Russian, Arabic, and Asian clientele, the attorney said. The lounge, which will also offer dining and dancing, would be open seven days a week from 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., the committee was told.

The board remained unconvinced that the violence-plagued club had turned a corner. Board members applauded Pulaski at the Nov. 21 meeting when she finished reading her report on the committee’s findings.

Board members said they would follow up with the new York State Liquor Authority on the matter.

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