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Letter: Hookah Lounge

As a Great Neck resident, I am appalled at what is happening when a hookah lounge can be thrust upon a residential community.  The first notification that I, and many members of the community received regarding a hookah lounge was an article by Carol Frank in the July 24 issue of the Great Neck Record. 


Unfortunately, the Board of Trustees in the Village of Great Neck had already approved the establishment of an indoor/outdoor hookah lounge on the corner of Middle Neck Road and Piccadilly.  The actual prior notice of a hookah lounge hearing was buried in a tiny “legal notice” box in the back of the Great Neck Record. 


How can the Board of Trustees claim to be working for the health, safety and welfare of the community when they push through a disaster like this without full disclosure and adequate hearings? 


Are we supposed to be forced to keep our windows closed year round to try to drown out the noise of the traffic, partying and fumes from the smoke? Are we encouraging our young people to be smoking? What will this do to our property values? Do we really want the residential character of our community destroyed by this kind of establishment? 


Warren Rosenthal