Community Board 2


Cafe Select’s Liquor License Expires, Nighttime Service is Temporarily Out of Commission

Posted December 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

Cafe Select is in a bit of a quandary, and the neighborhood opposition is likely rejoicing. You see, its coveted liquor license expired at the end of November. A renewal never went through. Ergo, co-owner Oliver Stumm and team are forced to adapt to the conditions on the ground. We were informed this week that […]

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Neighborhood Opposition Turns Out to Deny New Cemusa Newsstand on the Bowery

Posted October 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

  One potential newsstand owner is exhausting efforts to install a Cemusa box on the Bowery mid-section. Precisely where so much change is happening. However, it might take a minute, since the surrounding community is largely against such placement. Last month, the applicant appeared before Community Board 2 to obtain blessings for a unit outside […]

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Cocoron Owner Yoshihito Kira Planning Japanese Curry Restaurant Next Door on Kenmare Street

Posted October 9, 2014 at 5:30 am

Entrepreneur at 29 Kenmare Street shuttered this past May after the fairly typical two-year run. The Japanese boutique opened in March 2012 and featured hip threads for both men and women. It wasn’t long, though, before a restaurant came calling for the former orange box at the northwest corner of Elizabeth. In fact, the endeavor […]

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Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise. Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The […]

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Vets of Herald Square’s ‘The Liberty’ Seek Basement Bar at 188 Bowery

Posted July 8, 2014 at 5:32 am

Decimation is currently underway on the ground level of 188 Bowery. Until earlier this spring, the large corner space had been home to the Double Win restaurant supply company. Since its departure, though, crews have completely gutted the joint down to a skeleton. The job extends outward to the curb with a mess of traffic […]

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Longtime Local Activist Janet Freeman Honored with Co-Naming at Elizabeth and Kenmare

Posted June 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

The Janet Freeman way was grassroots activism and the endless struggle against the monumental sea change facing the neighborhood. Now the city has honored her as such with a co-named street corner near her old home. “Janet Freeman Way” – the northwest corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets. Yesterday afternoon was the official unveiling of […]

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Crif Dogs Eyeing New Outpost on MacDougal Street

Posted May 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

Around this time last year, we learned that East Village stalwart Crif Dogs wanted to park its Batman-esque truck on the site of Billy’s Antiques. While many were receptive (nay, excited) to the idea, Community Board 2 ultimately killed any chance of it happening. But that apparently did little to deter their intention to expand […]

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Peter Poulakakos Christens ‘Bacchanal’ at 146 Bowery

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

Having cleared the State Liquor Authority this month, Peter Poulakakos and partner Dave Oz are ramping up press for their new establishment at 146 Bowery (corner of Broome Street) in the dying lighting district. Known as Bacchanal, the 150-seat venture is considered “a white-tablecloth restaurant without the tablecloths.” Poulakakos hired Veritas vet Scott Bryan to cobble together […]

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CB2 Endorses Permanent Preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

The Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy just cleared its first major hurdle on the track to permanence. Many months of grassroots campaigning netted a win for advocates a couple weeks ago at the full Community Board 2 meeting. Many in the community believe the mid-block sculpture garden is under direct threat from the SPURA […]

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One Final Hearing for the Threatened Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

Residents of Little Italy are choosing sides between green space and affordable housing. It’s an unusual decision not often faced these days, but an outspoken group of residents has sided with the former. Community Board 2 will weigh in on the matter of Elizabeth Street Garden tonight. As previously reported, the city-owned oasis of artifacts […]

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