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Proposed Nightspot at 106 Rivington a Neighborhood Flashpoint
In the two weeks since an unsuccessful appearance before Community Board 3, the proposed Latin bistro-lounge at 106 Rivington Street has snowballed to become something of a flashpoint issue. Principals behind the unnamed venture, who also run the local Stop 1 Deli and E&S Wholesome Foods chains, had hoped to secure liquor privileges, but instead withdrew to reappear next month.
Here were some of the concerns raised at the meeting:
- Rat and horsefly infestation.
- Neglect of space with regard to demolition.
- Neighbor’s dog infected with deadly illness due to excessive rat exposure.
- Scale of night life operation even though it is within the boundaries of a resolution area.
- CB3 board members questioned validity of some of the petition signatures in support of 106 Rivington space.
- Community was made aware that a Rivington Block Association had held a “closed doors” meeting to approve the opening of 106 Rivington without advertising this meeting ahead of time to the community at large.
Nevertheless, the chatter amongst our readers continues (upwards of fifty comments already). We’re fielding tons of reader mail with arguments both for and against having another nightspot here on Rivington Street. In a resolution area, no less, that already boasts seven establishments on the tiny spit of land between Essex and Ludlow. At the crux of the argument is over-saturation and whether being “from the neighborhood” should afford the right to open a “legit restaurant.” Those in favor site the track record of these guys and their previous community involvement; those against are tired of seeing the neverending influx of nightlife at their doorstep, and cite the 500′ rule.
Now’s your time to sound off. What are your feelings on this issue?