Gay Bar Decried as Noisy ‘Nightclub’ Gets Board Approval for 4 a.m. Closing

 Rise Bar at 859 Ninth Ave., near West 56th Street.

A Ninth Avenue gay bar secured another victory in its quest for a 4 a.m. closing time Wednesday — but only after contentious back-and-forth between supporters who called the spot a haven for the gay community and opponents who argued the bar is a “nightclub” operating inside a residential building.

Twenty members of Community Board 4 voted to grant advisory approval to Rise Bar’s application for a 4 a.m. closing time on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays., while 18 members voted against the application.

Prior to the vote, about a dozen attendees spoke out in support of the bar’s application.

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