Community Board 2

Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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Brinkley’s and Southside are Finished After 12 Years, as Serafina Waits in the Wings

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:07 am

Brinkley’s and its Southside counterpart are both closing down after a dozen years on the border of Little Italy. The Martignetti brothers decided to cease operations at the latter club this past Saturday; the former will shutter middle of next week. Eater, which reported the news a couple weeks ago, dubbed the two bars “veritable meat […]

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CB2 Chair Condemns Ouster of ‘Friends’ from Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified April 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm

A shakeup at the Elizabeth Street Garden has given birth to a new entity that essentially forced out its independent nonprofit Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden (FESG) with the hopes of replacing it with a new 501(c)3 known as Elizabeth Street Garden, Inc. (ESG), an in-house, incorporated nonprofit. And if that’s not confusing enough, the […]

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Naples Pizza Master Gino Sorbillo Headed to the Bowery with New Pizzeria

Posted January 27, 2017 at 5:14 am

It doesn’t look like 334 Bowery is yet done with pizza operators. Next up is famed, Naples-based pizza maker Gino Sorbillo. News of his arrival on the Lower East Side came through Community Board 2, as Sorbillo seeks full liquor privileges for the establishment. La Pizzeria Sorbillo is his claim to fame, much beloved by […]

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Union Square’s PokéSpot Eyes New Location on Cleveland Place

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

The otter is coming to Little Italy with more Poke. Indeed, the suddenly-hot, Hawaiian cuisine will soon be on the menu at 25 Cleveland place. According to SLA paperwork on file with Community Board 2 for January meetings, the PokéSpot, operating in Union Square since summertime, is seemingly identified as the newcomer. The proprietors seek […]

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Korilla BBQ will Open its Second Brick-and-Mortar at 55 Spring Street

Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:11 am

No sooner did Ceci-Cela Patisserie and Eight Turn Crepe depart than the new class of tenants arrive at 55 Spring Street. Well, at least one new business. Today brings word that food truck favorite Korilla BBQ is opening its second brick-and-mortar location here. (Korilla HQ is on Third Avenue near Astor Place.) The facade of floor-to-ceiling […]

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Here’s the Likely Reason Why Ceci-Cela and Eight Turn Crepe Left 55 Spring Street

Posted November 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

When the Renatus Group purchased 55 Spring Street two years ago for $15.5 million, its beloved ground-level business, Ceci-Cela, was given marching orders. There would be no lease renewal for the twenty-five-year old establishment, which officially departed Little Italy last week. So, the patisserie proactively found a new HQ at 14 Delancey Street and reopened […]

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‘The Sosta’ will Bring Italian Fast-Casual to the Former Mott Hardware Space on Kenmare Street

Posted October 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

Its proverbial grave is still warm, but there is already a replacement venture poised to take over from the former Mott Hardware at the corner of Kenmare Street. The mom-and-pop shop just closed at the end of August after decades in business. In its stead, something called The Sosta is getting ready to open at […]

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Former Pulqueria Chef to Install ‘Esther & Carol Bistro’ at the old Bacchanal on the Bowery [Updated]

Last modified September 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Proprietor Peter Poulakakos pulled the plug on his lighting district restaurant-bar, Bacchanal, last December. It barely lasted two years at 146 Bowery. In the intervening nine months, the only real visible activity here has been the installation of a plywood shed spanning the corner storefront, and a temporary paint job for Fashion Week. And now that […]

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Here’s Your First Look at the New ‘Spring Natural’ Opening Next Week on Kenmare Street

Posted February 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

Spring Natural dropped the “street,” and is almost ready to reopen around the corner to 98 Kenmare Street. As previously reported, longtime owner-operator Rus Schoenholt was basically forced from their home of thirty-three years thanks to rent gouging. Indeed, with an expiring lease on hand, the landlord reportedly more than quintupled the monthly rent. Anyway, the year of […]

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