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Group wants liquor authority to stop issuing licenses, says the city has too many bars

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens -- Long Island City has become one of New York City’s hottest neighborhoods and with the impending shutdown of the L train causing an exodus from Williamsburg, the Queens neighborhood is becoming more popular by the day.

For some residents, those growing pains are coming with headaches because a lot of the new businesses opening up are bars.

A coalition of New Yorkers is now trying to stop the State Liquor Authority from issuing new licenses based on a 1993 law that prohibits a licensed establishment from being within 500 feet of three other ones.

In a statement to the New York Times, which first broke the story, the state’s liquor authority said it "takes a balanced approach in our review process, weighing the merits of the individual application."