Opposition to 106 Rivington Gains Support of Local Politicians

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 at 6:09 am by

106-rivington-before-death

Judging by the ferocious frequency of new nightlife in the neighborhood, residents are arguably reaching the proverbial tipping point. And the LES Dwellers are at the forefront of the fight; the fight to stop a proposed Latin “restaurant” (read: club) from entering 106 Rivington Street, and more globally, a check on future liquor saturation. The plot thickens…

Last Thursday was the “500 Foot Hearing” before the SLA judge, an engagement initially prompted when Community Board 3 refused to approve a full liquor license. Ownership is instead rolling the dice directly with the state to bypass the ruling, and must prove the public benefit of a 200-occupancy establishment with nightly closing times of 4am. But the issue of ownership in itself could become the Achilles Heel of the plan altogether.

The LES Dwellers allege that the two applicants championed as principals – Jose Rodriguez and Robert Payne – are allegedly just a front, further raising doubts about the operation and the principals behind it. The NIMBY group further claims that neither name appears on legal paperwork for Stop 1 Deli or E&S Wholesome Foods, the businesses they reported to have represented. Instead, lines were traced back to the possible real owner and money man, Aventura/Romeo Santos music manager Johnny Marines, who was also involved in the failed Le Lupanar. Apparently his personal tweets boast about the new joint, spreading word to club promoter friends, etc.

marines-twitter

Other items discussed were the alleged bully tactics by 106 Rivington, the fact that there are roughly 27 other Latino restaurants in the immediate vicinity, and that 451 of 547 signatures of support are questionable (i.e. not from the affected area).

But the opposition forces also gained a significant ally in local politicians. Both State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin are against the liquor license here, with the latter going so far as sending a representative to the meeting. It was the proverbial ace up the sleeve of the Dwellers, who responded with the following public comment yesterday afternoon:

We wanted to personally thank State Senator Daniel Squadron for his letter of support, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin for both her letter of support and sending a representative to speak on record at the NY SLA 500 ft Hearing for 106 Rivington Street. We are deeply grateful that they stood up for the families, working class people, the immigrants and the diverse group of residents who call Lower East Side home. Their support signaled to us that they have heard our concerns about our diminishing quality life as a result of the over proliferation of nightlife-driven establishments. By standing with the residents, State Senator Daniel Squandron and Councilwoman Magret Chin have inspired and made us hopeful that our vision of a vibrant, livable, and economically diverse Lower East Side is possible once again.

From here, the case is punted to the full SLA board for another hearing. Should the state rule in favor of 106 Rivington, Ms. Boyd explains the LES Dwellers are fully prepared to take this to the courts.

It’s not over yet. Not by a long-shot.

Recent Stories

300lafayette-1
300 Lafayette Bills itself as ‘Cutting Edge’ with New Ad Banners

Alive for many months, the project site at 300 Lafayette Street is finally ready to go big on the hype. Banners pimping the new seven-story commercial building were affixed to the sidewalk bridge earlier this month, promising “cutting edge.” Hard to believe it’s already been a year since the BP gas station at the corner of […]

da-falafel-guys-rivington
‘Da Falafel Guys’ Coming to Rivington Street, Forged from the Remains of the Falafel Shop

The retail reanimation of 127 Rivington Street includes a bizarro version of its former self. Seven months later, no longer known as the Falafel Shop, the tiny store is now home to something called Da Falafel Guys. The signage and offering are nearly identical to the predecessor, but it’s under different ownership. Da Falafel Guys […]

trump-dick-face-orchard_wm
Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

thelma-clinton-gate
Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

138bowery-update-1_wm
New Condo-Hotel on the Bowery Ascends Halfway to 8 Stories

Now that the centuries-old Federal-style houses are a footnote in the pages of local history, the next chapter is foisted upon us. It’s been a few months since our last progress report on the status of the historically significant 138-142 Bowery development site. In that time, activity has been swift. The forthcoming condo-hotel has already […]

  • Annoyedlessider

    1 nightlife establishment is 1 too many. Why didn’t this group protest about the St Jerome license transfer. There are surely more than 3 establishments within 500ft of that location

  • sean

    Why didn’t this group go against a 4AM license given on ludlow between houston and stanton? Goes to show you they have a personal problem with the applicant, it’s bs about the senator backing them I called his office myself, they said they never heard of them!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/francesa1 Frances Anna Ayers

      Because we need more of the apathetic people on Ludlow Street to speak out at community board meetings.I have spoken out against numerous applications in the past and have posted signs in my building trying to get people involved,but it is very difficult to get people to speak out against these new venues when they are part of the drunk night life scene!

  • LOVELYLES

    This group is claiming to be the dwellers of les, the applicant has 40 years in this neighborhood. Since the dwellers stood up for the families,working class people,the immigrants and the diverse group of residents who call lower east side home, (They are describing the applicant and his family). There saying 451 signatures are fake, the person claiming that is fake, by lying about it. Once this place opens the opposers are going to ask to be forgiven for lying to the people of l.e.s. about the applicant. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/francesa1 Frances Anna Ayers

      None of the opposers are going to ask to be forgiven.We feel strongly that we do not want any additional night life establishments,and everything I have heard about this supposed Latino bistro makes it sound more like a club/bar.A full liquor license and request for a 4am closing time?Come on.Who’s fooling who!

  • paul

    Defamation of character should be the case filed against Susan Stetzer, and Diem boyd. For trying to disgrace a local business owner, who has worked so hard to be respected and loved by his community, All this so you guys could try and ruin it for him with lies. Nice going you so called “neighbors”. Hope he gets this license, so he could shut your mouths up, with these false accusations. You bunch of clowns!

    • http://www.facebook.com/francesa1 Frances Anna Ayers

      Defamation of character,because Ms Stetzer and Ms Boyd have the courage to speak out against what could potentially be another problem?They should both be applauded for standing up for the concerns of many of the residents!