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LES Dwellers on Rivington St., Photo: NY Post

New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David […]

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Confucius Plaza Wants to Plant More Cherry Blossoms, but Citi Bike is in the Way

Posted February 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

Confucius seeks balance but the bikes are in the way. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York is rallying to plant additional Cherry Blossom trees and repair walkways at the base of its Confucius Plaza HQ, the 44-story co-op on the Bowery. Evoking the philosophy of Confucius himself (who sits fifteen feet tall in […]

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CB3 Unanimously Backs Plan to Address Safety Concerns Along Chrystie Street, Including 2-Way Bike Lane

Posted February 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

In a boon to cyclists and pedestrians, the proposal to address safety concerns along Chrystie Street received unanimous backing from Community Board 3 this week. The advisory board had telegraphed initial support last month, so it was pretty much a shoe-in. This grassroots push is largely attributed to bike activist (and Brooklyn Community Board 6 […]

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Parks Department in Negotiations with Donors to Replace Defective Nike Soccer Field on Stanton Street

Posted February 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

Nike’s resurfacing of astroturf in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Stanton Street was cause for celebration back in 2006. That was a World Cup summer, and the new installation hosted several inaugural events, including an appearance by F.C. Barcelona. The installation was part of a joint initiative between the athletic company and FieldTurf USA Inc. […]

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Notes from CB3: Karaoke Boho and Norman’s Cay Win, Mission Chinese Replacement Loses

Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

These days, Orchard Street – once a major player in the “bargain district” of yore – is simply just another drunken destination on the Lower East Side. Its character and charm is being soiled by saturation (and overdevelopment), at least north of Delancey. And last night, three applicants pitched concepts before the SLA subcommittee of Community […]

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Photo: Brian Finke/New York Magazine

Sheldon Silver is a Crook and We Will Pay for His Corruption [OP-ED]

Last modified February 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Sheldon Silver is not a good man. It no longer matters that he sometimes spoke up for progressive values, periodically supported good causes and organizations, or provided help— though selectively— to some of his constituents, when he was directly and indirectly fleecing our democracy while grossly abusing the public trust. It is infuriating to hear […]

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Preliminary Roadwork Begins Ahead of $6.5M Safety Project in Straus Square

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Over the weekend, a small detachment of contractors excavated the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. The small job was a so-called test pit for new catch basin infrastructure ahead of a $6.5 million capital works initiative by the Department of Design and Construction called “Safe Routes to Schools.” As previously reported, Phase I […]

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Chad Marlow vs. Gigi Li, June 2014

CB3 Chair Gigi Li Cleared of Alleged ‘Racial Insensitivity’ in Appointing Leadership

Posted February 6, 2015 at 9:16 am

Around this time last year, a faction of Community Board 3 members led by Ayo Harrington accused Chair Gigi Li of “racial insensitivity” in her appointment of both the Executive Board and committee chairpersons. The finger-pointing manifested in a letter circulated that noted Li “consistently and regularly failed to appoint any Black or Latino members […]

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The Cessna inside Norman's Cay

Shervin’s Cafe Owner Angling to Purchase Norman’s Cay on Orchard Street

Posted February 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

Some sixteen months after first opening Norman’s Cay at 74 Orchard Street, co-owner Ryan Chadwick may soon unload the business. Shervin Nassi – proprietor of two-year-old Shervin’s Cafe in Alphabet City – is the hopeful suitor. This according to application materials on file with Community Board 3. Norman’s Cay (and the symbiotic Spur Tree) hadn’t been […]

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Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton St.

CB3 Fully Backs the Establishment of a Community Gardens District on the Lower East Side

Posted January 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

In a huge boon to the area’s history of guerrilla gardening, Community Board 3 last night voted to support the creation of a Community Gardens District in the East Village/Lower East Side. That includes the remaining 46 gardens still located within its confines. The full board ratified the advisory resolution recommended by the Parks subcommittee […]

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