Community Board 2


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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Lil Charlie’s Ends Its Illegal Basement Operation at Ken & Cook on Kenmare Street

Posted January 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

Caught red-handed, Ken & Cook at 19 Kenmare Street ultimately nixed its illegal basement club, Lil Charlie’s. New Year’s Eve was its last party on premise. Eater had the scoop last week, and reported that the ground-level restaurant will simply expand its operation into the dungeon instead. This will allow for bigger dinner parties and […]

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CB2 Approves Starr Restaurant Group Liquor License for Bowery Steak Joint [UPDATED]

Last modified December 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

The Starr Restaurant Group aims to plant a flag at the landmark Bunker building. As previously reported, the company is in bed with Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) on the proposed project, reportedly pitched as an “upscale blue collar” steak joint. Whatever that means. We are told plans for the endeavor were met with stiff […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Threatened; Considered for SPURA ‘Affordable Housing’

Posted October 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

That thirty-year-old sculpture garden on Elizabeth Street which so often attracts the gaze of passersby is threatened. Like countless other “green” neighborhood treasures, the city-owned parcel began life as a fallow 20,000 square-foot lot. Its subsequent beautification by the adjacent gallery and the hypergentrification of Little Italy now make the Elizabeth Street Garden a prime […]

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SLA to Consider Alteration for Lil Charlie’s Club on Kenmare; Community Opposed

Posted October 21, 2013 at 5:32 am

Travertine and its loud late-night clientele never sat right with locals. Its successor at 19 Kenmare isn’t much better, either. Ken & Cook continues the fine tradition of feather ruffling due to its continuous and wanton disregard for the community. For instance, there is still no certificate of occupancy for 19 Kenmare Street, the sidewalk […]

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Neighbors Rally Against Peter Poulakakos’ Nightlife Venture at 146 Bowery

Last modified July 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

The former Lite Elite at the southwest corner of Bowery and Broome is the latest battlefield between NIMBY and nightlife.

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Botanica’s Mark Connell Taps Thomas Carter for Nolita House Replacement

Posted March 19, 2013 at 6:09 am

Blink and it’s gone – just under a year has already elapsed since Nolita House shuttered operations at 47 East Houston Street.

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Community Boards 2 and 3 Hosting Info Session About Bowery/Houston Reconstruction

Posted March 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

Roadwork in the intersection of Bowery and East Houston is nothing short of epic.