- Featured / Opposition to 106 Rivington Gains Support of Local Politicians
Opposition to 106 Rivington Gains Support of Local Politicians
Posted on: January 15th, 2013 at 6:09 am by Elie
Last modified on: January 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm
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.
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.
As a means to combat the recent spike in hate speech and hate crimes, a new mural is coming to the Lower East Side, and with it, the launching of a new “for-the-people” initiative. The Educational Alliance has devised a “We the People” initiative, which intends to promote inclusiveness, and protect people from offensive words and actions, as […]
The graffiti community lost another one of its own this week. Bronx-based graff writer NEAR KGB (i.e. “Kings Getting Busy”) died on January 14. Another tragic loss to what? We don’t know. A reader sent in the following message and suspects that drugs may have played a part. This has not been verified, though: Sadly […]
Meet the new tenant at 166 Orchard Street. Same as the old. Well, almost. Six months after the departure of Vapeya from the retail landscape, something called Vapeology just moved down from upstate. It’s been open for a few weeks now. The interior looks basically identical to its predecessor – an L-shaped glass bar backed […]
The Essex Street Gallery is returning home. For the last five years, the showroom held court on Eldridge Street, having been forced from its namesake. And it’s happening just in time for a coordinated “gallery strike” against Trump’s inauguration. Moving to 55 Hester Street, formerly home to the Tracy Williams gallery, provided a massive opportunity […]
The New York Public Library’s Lower East Side Oral History Project is officially up and running. And ready to celebrate. The recently-launched neighborhood history project aims to document and preserve LES history through the eyes of its inhabitants. The locals. You know, not the droves who hole up in Hell Square on the weekends. Community volunteers have been trained to […]
The lame duck session at the Bowery Graffiti Wall has proven an opportune moment for taggers. In the week since Goldman Properties whitewashed the two-story encasement ahead of the next artist design, the fresh canvas has been attacked several times. Especially thanks to the perfect storm of inclement weather and lack of the usual security. […]
Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]
Game on! The 6th Annual New York Game Awards, presented by the members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, is happening tonight at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse. The group works alongside the community to mentor and distribute college scholarships for all things associated in the realm of gaming. They also have game-oriented panels, fireside chats and do […]
It was only fitting that, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the spirit of protest infiltrated a planning session for the upcoming wall of glass on the Lower East Side waterfront. And a surprise, at that. The powers-that-be set up an info session (free food!) on the environmental review process (“EIS”) for the […]
Another built-for-instagram sweets shop just hit the Lower East Side. And it’s apparently the hottest new shop in Hell. Square, that is. New Territories sold out of product upon its opening Sunday night at 190 Orchard Street. They won’t be back for your dollar until tomorrow, according to a sign on the closed gate. Owned and […]