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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | A plan is afoot to replace the violence-plagued nightspot Greenhouse in Hudson Square with a new Euro-style, techo- and electronic-music dance club.
Paul Horowitz, who said he has no background in the club business, presented his plan to Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority Committee meeting on Thurs., Aug. 15. He said his club would be called Haus.
He described himself as a businessman, and noted several times, “My parents live in Soho,” adding, “I’m with the community.”
He said W.i.P., the troubled underground spot connected to Greenhouse, would be closed and turned into a storage area.
Committee members grilled him on issues including security and operating hours, and said they supported closing W.i.P.
However, Richard Blodgett of Charlton St. gave the committee copies of e-mails he received from signers of a petition in support of Haus, who said they felt duped. The petition had simply asked, “Do you want to see Greenhouse closed?”
Horowitz said he wants to “raise the caliber” of the patrons at the location. The question was raised whether the club would be grandfathered in under Hudson Square’s recent rezoning, which bans large clubs, but no one knew for sure.
Horowitz agreed to accept various stipulations even before getting a liquor license. Committee member Tobi Bergman remarked that this has never been done before at C.B. 2. Horowitz and the committee will work on the stipulations, and the liquor license application will come back to the committee again next month.