Community Board 3

Standoff - Jenifer Rajkumar vs. Gigi Li

Gigi Li Withdraws Campaign for District Leader Amidst Election Fraud Controversy

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

Gigi Li, sitting Chair of Community Board 3, has dropped out of the hyperlocal race for Assembly District Leader from Part C of the 65th Assembly District. She had been battling incumbent Jenifer Rajkumar, who will now remain in her position. The embarrassing withdrawal comes in the aftermath of her alleged forgery of petition signatures […]

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Amuse Wine Bar on Ludlow Street is for Sale

Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

Two years into its tenancy, Amuse Wine Bar is seemingly on the outs. It’s further proof that 121 Ludlow Street is a cursed address. A real estate listing appeared on Monday hawking the 1,800 square-foot wine bar as a “prime LES” opportunity. Based on the post, it’s apparent that these guys signed an unfavorable deal. […]

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Standoff - Jenifer Rajkumar vs. Gigi Li

Bear Witness: Gigi Li Accused of Election Fraud in Campaign for District Leader

Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

If you invest tiresome hours in Community Board meetings each month, one of the most important lessons learned is the proper collection of petition signatures. There is always an opportunity for fudged numbers or fake names, and some liquor license applicants take advantage. Therefore, it’s quite ironic to see that Chair Gigi Li is following suit […]



Celebrity Chef Julieta Ballesteros Gambling on Problematic Pink Pony Space

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:16 am

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Pink Pony departed the Lower East Side, but who’s counting? Since its forced closure at the hand of a $6,000 rent hike, the large restaurant space has remained dormant. Absolutely zero activity here except for the placement of numerous leasing signs in the windows and above the entrance itself. However, […]

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East Village Explosion Financial Assistance Application Due Today

Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

The East Village is still feeling the impact of the 2nd Avenue explosion that left many neighborhood businesses in the lurch. There’s been significant fundraising and crowdsourcing to get these community favorites back on their feet. Herewith, another way for these places to financially rebuild. The Lower East Side BID, Community Board 3 and local elected officials […]



LES Pies ‘n’ Thighs Seeks Upgrade to a Full Liquor License

Posted July 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

In the neighborhood for a mere six months, Brooklyn-based Pies ‘n’ Thighs is ready to upgrade. Its liquor license, that is. Signage to that effect appeared in the window of 43 Canal Street last week even while the current slate of July Community Board meetings are still rolling. The poster announces the application for full […]

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Lucky Star Buses Begin Operating on Canal Street Months Before Promised Date; Fung Wah Fails Again

Posted July 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

For Chinatown buses, the competition is fierce. Lucky Star sure as shit wasn’t gonna let its failed nemesis Fung Wah potentially get the head start down by the Manhattan Bridge. Oh, no. Top brass played the game of preempting the enemy into battle, and ultimately won. They’re in the new home and Fung Wah is out […]

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Barramundi and 2nd Floor on Clinton to Close on July 29

Posted July 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

2nd Floor on Clinton is donezo. The popular upstairs speakeasy – owned and operated by the Barramundi crew – mixes its final drink on Wednesday, July 29. Primary principal Tony Powe is unloading the assets for both establishments at 67 Clinton Street to Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjakaj, as previously reported. Community Board 3 approved the […]

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Taquitoria on Ludlow Street Now Pimping Booze

Posted July 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

In which Hell Square gets a little more saturated… Word just came down the pike that Taquitoria, the teensy two-year-old taco stand at 168A Ludlow Street, just obtained its beer-wine license from the State Liquor Authority. That means patrons can now – as of today – drink a beverage with their snacks. Community Board 3 […]

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Chris Santos at CB3 meeting

Notes from CB3: Chris Santos Approved for 199 Bowery, Lucky Bee Approved for Broome Street

Last modified July 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

If the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee meeting was a concert, last night’s headliner was really the application for Chris Santos and the Tao Group for 199 Bowery. As such, the applicants didn’t appear before the panel until well into the 10pm hour. Nevertheless, it was a mixed bag of approvals and denials, plus plenty […]

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