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Dec 20, 2017 2:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Elm Street Residents Upset About Noise Levels From Southampton Village Club

Businesses on Elm Street in Southampton have neighbors up in arms over noise concerns. Greg Wehner
Jan 2, 2018 4:27 PM

Neighbors of the restaurants along Elm Street in the Village of Southampton are upset about the noise coming from the establishments—not a new complaint, but they are looking to the new village mayor to do something about it.

One establishment in particular, 230 Elm, which is also known as the Polish Club, had parties in November that would start at 9 p.m. and sometimes last until 4:30 a.m., neighbors said.

Two neighbors in particular—who spoke on condition of anonymity, worried that they could be harassed by the club owners or patrons—said the noise coming from 230 Elm on the night of November 25 in particular was very loud, with bass pumping and pounding, and the establishment’s doors left wide open.

One of the neighbors said that ever since the summer of 2016, the noise levels have come down, and it is only on certain nights, typically when 230 Elm rents out the top space, when things get out of control.

On the night of November 25, the local resident said, he was awakened by yelling and screaming, along with flashing lights from a police car. Officers were yelling at a man to get out of his car and show his hands.

“This seemed to go on for over 10 minutes,” the resident said in an email. “We were expecting to hear shots or bullets coming through our window.”

He said he lives with his wife about 50 yards from the club and, despite calls to the police to do something about the noise, the complaints come up empty.

“There was an event a couple of weeks ago that got loud, and our officers did a great job getting it under control,” Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving said in an email. “They are well aware of the situations on Elm Street and address them accordingly. The area is patrolled.”

Tim Burke, the owner of 230 Elm, said the building has been used as a catering hall since 1934, and parties have been held there the entire time. Out of respect for the neighbors, Mr. Burke said, he has installed sound baffles on all of the windows and doors to reduce the sound.

Although it is rare that a party goes until 4:30 a.m., Mr. Burke said, he speaks with anyone having a party at his hall and asks them to keep the noise down and not to hang out in front of the building. He also provides security, and tries to keep the door closed as much as possible.

“That’s certainly not my style,” Mr. Burke said of neighbors’ noise complaints. “But you cannot keep the door permanently closed. You gotta let people in and out.”

Still, he said, he can appreciate what the neighbors are going through. He said he has spoken with neighbors and asked them to call him if there are any problems—and throughout the summer, he said, he did not get any calls or complaints himself.

“I’m trying to be the best neighbor I can be,” said Mr. Burke, who took the building over eight years ago. “I’m taking care of the building. People are happy. That’s the business I’m in—to host parties.”

Mr. Irving said he was only made aware of the event on November 25, and he is looking at taking additional measures to get ahead of these events before they happen. He added that if events continue to get out of control, he hopes the village’s reaction is greater than simply “taking it down a notch.”

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Another tool bag of a property owner. Doesn’t care about the neighbors just lining his pockets with $. He hires security for events at the place!!! Hmm I guess he knows there’s a good chance for trouble. What a Loser!!!
By Tomjulie (43), Hampton Bays on Dec 27, 17 10:33 AM
Anonymous neighbor? Really? That’s the standard of journalism now? If you want to complain, especially in the media and Press, require a name of your source.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Dec 27, 17 11:20 AM
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Don't forget the airport. The airplanes at the airport make too much noise.
The Hamptons has become the home to people who have nothing better to do than complain. These are not life long residents, these are newcomers who want nothing but silence. Unfortunately, silence is not what made the Hamptons the Hamptons. Night life made the Hamptons, and with the destruction of all the night-life, we see overall business in decline. This is a resort community, not a retirement community, but it is ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Dec 27, 17 11:59 AM
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Drunks coming out of a bar at 2:30 are noisy.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Dec 27, 17 12:29 PM
We had the perfect solution and the best of both world in Neptune's and Summers but i guess the bass was disturbing the sea life or something ?
Dec 27, 17 1:10 PM appended by joe hampton
Also Why not allow a mega bass dance club by the Airport in East Hampton or north of the RR in Bridgehamton. We could find a solution if we wanted to but like everything else its a ruse to get rid of the element the gray hairs don't want!
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Dec 27, 17 1:10 PM
Only a transplant calls the east end "the Hamptons" and doesn't have much of a clue as to what has made our area truly great. It has NOTHING to do with night life, partying, celebrities or any of that crap. The beauty comes from nature! Some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, woodlands, fishing, hunting and damn near any other outdoor activity. Sorry to say deelove, you just don't get it.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Dec 27, 17 5:27 PM
Tim is a good man, who gives back to this community and employees many local people. No need for negative comments from “losers “ with small minds. People complaining about weekend club noise and theres a train station right there...hilarious! Sept/October is prime time for weddings so of course there will be noise. I for one am greatful we this catering hall where so many weddings an fundraisers have been held Thank you Tim!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Dec 27, 17 5:50 PM
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Please shut up toes in the water. Tim Burke is Tim Bishop's brother-in-law so he gets a really long leash when it comes to noise complaints. As for the mayor he has known when he was a trustee that they have nobody to operate their decibel counter so nobody gets annoyed complaint ticket. How convenient connect the dots folks more corruption on the East End of Long Island.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 28, 17 12:09 AM
How rude!!!!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Dec 28, 17 6:50 AM
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By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Dec 28, 17 11:45 AM
This will chnage when Rechlers open up the CPI "catering hall" Then the noise will move over to HB...
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Dec 28, 17 6:35 AM
Didn't Burke and his cronies just get a huge CPF payout for his defunct Lobster Inn? Must be nice to be Bishops relative! Loser!
By G (342), Southampton on Dec 28, 17 1:00 PM
Unreal lol hilarious. Buy a house on a dead end somewhere. I can't believe we continue to have this backwards thinking. Resort towns cannot survive or sustain themselves without a nightlife, or young people for that matter. Giving a voice to these idiots will just spur the summer homeowner crowd to fund some nonsense "concerned citizen" group and ruin another locally owned and run business, that employs locals. Seems like a super important story to give anonymous sources cover for though! Times ...more
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on Dec 29, 17 12:42 AM
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By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on Dec 29, 17 12:56 AM
Southampton Village is hardly a "resort town". The population consists of full time residents, those who own a second , or third , home and a relative handful of summer rental properties.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Dec 29, 17 7:33 AM
Nightlife did NOT make the Hamptons. Honestly, by calling it the Hamptons you contribute to what it has become. Personally thats not something I think anyone should be proud of. It was way cooler when you said you lived or visited or stayed in Southampton or Easthampton or Water Mill etc... "The Hamptons" will eventually destroy its own community.
By SHD management (13), on Dec 30, 17 6:39 PM
I lived there on Elm 179 in fact. Of course I was just a teenager and that was many years ago. I remember the fun we had hanging out at the bottom of the steps listening to the Polkas played by the band; watching the dancers and listening to all the folks having fun. None of the locals cared much about the noise. They knew the Hall was there. If they didn't like it they moved.
By summertimegal (97), southampton on Jan 4, 18 4:04 PM
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Southampton as us Old Timers knew it is done. The new Hamptonites want Mc Mansions, fancy restaurants and shops and expensevive cars.
Our love of Nature, the beaches and farms hold not interest (Fresh Direct!)
As for 230 Elm buyer beware it’s been there a long time. Of course a Polka may not be as irritating as electronic mega bass,
By HPS71 (5), Southamptom on Jan 8, 18 7:21 PM