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CB3 Approves David McWater’s Purchase of d.b.a., Denies Sixth Ward Renewal

Last modified November 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

With such a busy agenda of applicants this month, Community Board 3 split the SLA subcommittee meeting into two parts. Last night was part one of the saga, and presented plenty of drama to report. It was much ado about homecomings and backyards. The most notable news of the evening was the return of former […]

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Under Fire for Illegal Backyard, Sixth Ward Removes Glass Enclosure

Posted November 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

The Sixth Ward on Orchard Street remains under fire for occupancy and egress issues concerning its illegal 90-seat backyard. From all angles, too. The Department of Buildings, State Liquor Authority, and Community Board 3 are reportedly applying pressure to force compliance. And now it appears the establishment is starting to buckle. Last week, the seven-year-old […]

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Nearly Dead on the Vine, Rouge Wine Bar Promises to Reopen on Rivington Street

Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

Despite a 5-day notice of lease termination from the landlord last April, and the fact that it’s been closed forever, Rouge Wine Bar still threatens to reopen at 94 Rivington Street. Each week passes with the promise (from ownership) of an opening the following week. This half-assed attempt at a watering hole, which looks more like a furniture […]

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CB3 Approves Designs of Essex Crossing Park on Broome Street

Posted November 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

You’re looking at the nearly-final rendering of the park planned for SPURA Site 5 of the Essex Crossing development. Once the historic firehouse at 185 Broome Street is razed in the coming months, the consortium of developers that comprise Delancey Street Associates will install its “urban oasis” in the 200-by-77-foot parcel carve out. To that end, […]

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Gourmet Burger Joint ‘Benson’s’ Hopes to Reverse the Curse of 179 Essex Street

Posted November 11, 2014 at 5:19 am

It was easy to see from the first. When Casa Humo took the torch from Bar Chevere at 179 Essex Street last December, the situation again seemed doomed. After all, this particular address is known for being cursed. At least six establishments have flirted with the commercial space in recent years. Well, the inevitable happened. […]

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$3.5M Forsyth Street Plaza Project to Bring a ‘High Line’ Feel to the Manhattan Bridge Off-Ramp

Posted November 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

Once dubbed “The Hill,” a veritable tent city haven for homeless in the early nineties, this small triangular section of land beside the Manhattan Bridge remains earmarked for park space. The Forsyth Street Plaza is a capital works project that’s been underway since 2009 to reimagine the off-ramp of the Manhattan Bridge. Though you wouldn’t know […]

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In About Face, CB3 Will Now Hear the Sixth Ward Liquor License Renewal in Public

Posted October 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

The applied pressure worked. We learned last month that Community Board 3 would hear the license renewal for the Sixth Ward behind closed doors, continuing a controversial practice shunned by neighbors. Disconcerting, especially given the establishment’s steady complaint history over the years. District Manager Susan Stetzer has since reversed course, though. A tipster informs us […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Phase 1 of Pier 42 Park Plan

Last modified October 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

The revitalization and beautification of Pier 42 into public parkland is slowly advancing through the bureaucracy. Indeed, Community Board 3 last night heard and approved the final design for Phase 1 of the so-called master plan. Suits from both Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects and the Parks Department presented to the Parks and Rec subcommittee in order […]

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Local Electeds and CB3 Tour Lower East Side Nightlife with New SLA Commish

Posted October 21, 2014 at 5:13 am

For local officials and the State Liquor Authority, it was a Friday night tour of duty. Intended goal of the stunt outing was to witness firsthand the shitshow of Lower East Side nightlife that has been allowed by both Community Board 3 and the SLA over the last decade. State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, […]

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CB3 Signals Support of Siempre Verde Garden, Shuns Proposed Development

Posted October 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

The Siempre Verde Garden spent the last month frantically rallying the troops against the goliath of luxury development. It was a grassroots full-court press – both through social media and in real life – that ultimately succeeded in netting nearly 1,000 signatures in opposition to the plans. What’s more, twelve other neighborhood gardens and a […]

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