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The club [changed its name] due to copyright concerns, [Webster Hall owner] Ballinger and his son, Tom, said at a meeting of Community Board 5's Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee [over the summer]. The decided on the switch to avoid any conflicts with a nightspot in Miami with the same name.Slake, located at 251 West 31st Street in Manhattan, is part of the Webster Hall family.
"They approached us, and we figured we were really early into the process with everything, that it would be a bigger issue for us to push forward with same name than for us to change it," Tom Ballinger told DNAinfo New York. "Slake, the definition means to quench your thirst or fulfill your desire, which I thought was pretty appropriate for a nightclub."