Residents say planned FiDi theater will bring unwanted rowdiness
A popular theater company called Sleep No More is planning to expand into the Financial District — and worried local residents say the prospect is costing them shut-eye.
Alejandra Cata Posas, head of the citizens group Keep FiDi Safe, is mounting a petition drive against the project. She says the venture would only add to the area’s existing problems with noise, vehicle traffic and drunken revelers.
“There’s a lot of nightlife in this area already,’’ Posas said, noting nearby Stone Street, a short historic lane that’s packed with pubs.
Showing The Post a photo of a man passed out on a local trash pile, Posas added of the theater, “We’re just concerned with the amount of people they’re trying to bring into this area.
“We already have issues when there’s events nearby, with honking until 3 or 4 a.m.”
Posas, also president of the 205-unit co-op at 3 Hanover Square, across from the theater’s planned new outpost at 20 Exchange Place, said, “It’s a small street that is not meant even for the type of traffic that we have on it now.”
Keep Fidi Safe has collected 1,000 signatures so far on its opposing petition, she said.
But theater honcho Jonathan Hochwald said the company has a good track record with its uptown location, proving that the group’s concerns are unfounded.
He gave The Post a letter from the community board that oversees the company’s other home at The McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street.
“Sleep No More has been operating on on-premise liquor license in this location since 2011,” wrote the board’s assistant district manager, Nelly Gonzalez.
“Manhattan Community Board No 4 has always supported Sleep No More applications to renew their liquor license and have no complaints on file,” Gonzalez said.
Hochwald said the second location would create 100 jobs for theater students and local residents. He’s also completed a traffic study that will be released soon, he said.
“We are grateful for the substantial community support we’ve received and expect those not yet fully informed will join the many neighborhood residents who are already supportive when they learn about our proposal,” Hochwald said.
The local City Council member, Margaret Chin, is waiting to see whether the community board approves the liquor license, but she has some concerns about the venue’s size and impact on quality of life issues, her spokesman told The Post.