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

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 12.49.20 PM
Classic Album Art Comes to Life in Roy Kafri’s New Beatbox Video

Iconic vinyl art has taken a turn for the outlandish with Israeli comedy singer Roy Kafri’s latest music video. He not only features classic album covers brought to life, but ones that are, in fact, beatboxing on the street. Bowie beatboxing. Lou Reed beatboxing. If that’s not enough to mess with your mind, it’s filmed in reverse; by the end, we […]

marilyn-louie-closed
Marilyn Louie Temporarily Closes Tiny Bowery Newsstand Due to Flooding

Unfortunately for Marilyn Louie, when it rains, it poors. Literally. This time the weather proved itself an enemy, with downpours sidelining the business. Damn. The embattled newsstand owner – on the Bowery for thirty-eight years – seriously can’t catch a break. Heavy rainfall last week and its resultant flooding reportedly forced [Chinese language] the longtime newsstand […]

hanksy-eazyebola
Hanksy Gets All NWA with ‘Eazy-E Bola’

Street artist Hanksy is tapping right into global fear of an Ebola outbreak. His latest piece is self-proclaimed, “straight outta Congo.” The sticker sized placement is in eastern Chinatown and features the one and only Eazy-E Bola and his virus strain neck. Meanwhile, Hanksy continues to explore street art around the country with his new “Surplus […]

agent-provocateur-elizabeth
Agent Provocateur is Opening a Third Manhattan Location on Elizabeth Street

Haute lifestyle boutique Condor is no longer part of the gold-coast landscape of Little Italy. The business closed its three-year-old shop at 259 Elizabeth Street at the end of August, but has been running a pop-up locale down on Kenmare Street in the interim. Now it’s again without a home. Condor flew the coop thanks […]

bartendr-blackbox
Bartrendr App at It Again with ‘NYC’s Only Bar for On-Duty Pilots’ Stunt

That fake bar for pregnant women isn’t the only controversial PR stunt Bartrendr has up its collective sleeve. The bar-finding mobile app is at it again with another faux-pax advert on Spring Street. The commercial unit at 59 Spring is currently masquerading as Black Box, “NYC’s only bar for on duty pilots.” Don’t be fooled, […]

  • 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!