Tents at Thompson LES Fail DOB Inspection

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 at 6:28 am by

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That noisy, second-floor tent balcony space at the Thompson LES hotel is now in some hot water. Complaints and subsequent violations registered with the DOB reveal that the roughly five-year-old plastic structure covering the bar is illegal.

You see, this particular enclosure was allegedly constructed for “temporary storage” purposes at the outset, and without the necessary permits. It’s since become a convenient extension to the Thompson LES nightlife setup. The belated ECB violation was served at the end of January, resulting in a hearing on March 14.

Here is the all-caps description, per the DOB:

WORK W/O A PERMIT. WORK NOTED: AT TIME OF INSPECTION 3 OUTDOOR TENTSHAVE BEEN ERECTED AT 2ND STY SET BACK ROOF FOR RESTAURANT. TENTS CONSTRUCTED W/TUBE FRAMING – METAL AND CANVAS COVERING W/STRING LIGHTING.

Residents within earshot are hoping this will finally spell the end to the perpetual late-night parties. More than likely, though, it’ll just be a small fine, and the shitstorm will continue. Either way, score one for Lower East Side NIMBY.

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