So, I feel like I should probably address all the hullabaloo swirling around re: Sneaky Pete’s possible relocation into North Albany’s Warehouse District.
I have to admit, I don’t love the idea. Â And that’s not only because my house is literally right across the street from the proposed location. (ugh and I hate house music).
Yes, I understand why Sneaky Pete’s (Sneaky Pete?) wants to open a club down here . Â Heck, we did it years ago and called it “Noche”. Â (Although I look back at Noche with great memories and I think it was an excellent addition to the neighborhood at the time.)
However, as I read the comments on the TU blogs, they seem to be getting pretty “racy” (not quite sure why I put quotes around that), so I am going to try to be careful about how I say this…
it’s not a black thing, a white thing, a drug thing, or a thug thing… it’s a neighborhood thing. Â Chris at the Barrel Salloon, presumably Mike from Stout, (presumably the owners of Thatcher Street Pub) and I (as one of the owners of Wolff’s Biergarten) want to see this part of Albany flourish. Â I live down here, I have multiple businesses in this area, and, probably more than anyone, I have a truly vested interest in the Warehouse District.
I really really really want to see North Albany continue to become something amazing. Â But for this to happen, The City of Albany needs to step up and make a choice.
Do we turn this Warehouse District into something really special, with modern lofts, condos and apartments, with small, quality restaurants and bars that cater to people of all ages? Â Where people can take their friends from out of town to show off with pride a unique, and beautiful part of our City? Â Do we encourage people to move down into North Albany and invest in old buildings and turn this area into something truly great?
do we allow a giant nightclub to move in here. Â In which case, NO ONE will want to live in this neighborhood. Â Parking will be even worse. Â Noise will get crazy. Â Trouble will without a doubt follow (sorry, but you know it’s true). Â And our patrons who go to the existing restaurants in North Albany might not want to deal with all the craziness that surrounds the big nightclubs like Sneaky Pete’s.
I don’t know Sneaky Pete (although I’ve been to his club dozens of times and had a great time). Â I don’t know who the owner is. Â I don’t’ doubt that they will run a quality nightclub. Â (and if you’re reading this, Pete, might I suggest one of the old buildings further down by the river? Â No other neighbors who are open at night, TONS of parking, be as loud as you want, etc.)
But if Sneaky Pete’s goes into the Warehouse District, I feel it will significantly and negatively affect what is slowly becoming a truly great neighborhood.