Community Board 3

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Notes from CB3: Arlene’s Grocery Renewed, Damion Luaiye Approved

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 met last night for the second time in as many weeks. A scheduling choice that left little time for recuperation. Nevertheless, applicants, board members, and media stocked the chairs for another night of dueling. The meeting itself was a bit more subdued than most, but still an all-night […]

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Damion Luaiye Will Replace the Experimental Cocktail Club with ‘Et Al’ on Chrystie Street

Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Experimental Cocktail Club was seemingly just that. A three-year experiment. The upscale drinking den will soon conclude its three-year engagement at 191 Chrystie Street this month. Neighbors shouldn’t get too comfortable, as a replacement is already waiting in the wings. Requisite handbills announcing the liquor license application for Community Board 3 are now stapled to […]

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‘Excuse My French,’ but Get Ready for Another Fuckin Bar on Orchard Street

Posted August 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

With Cafe Dancer firmly out of the picture, the buzzards had been swarming 96 Orchard Street the last couple months. One hopeful emerged from the fray, a French-born chef who hopes to impart some sort of “French bistro” in the sub-level space. Chef Johann Giraud (La Mangeoire) is angling to open Excuse My French at […]

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Why Chinatown Bus Operator ‘Yep Tour’ is a Dangerous Bet

Posted August 19, 2015 at 5:19 am

Get to know your Chinatown buses. Yep Tour is somewhat off the radar, both for operating illegally (i.e. without permit) and for not having widespread name recognition. However, it’s been in the local and national news quite a bit the last month. Here on the Lower East Side, the Massachussetts-based Yep Tour tried to legitimize […]

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Webster Hall’s Chinatown Endeavor ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ Voted Down by CB3

Last modified August 18, 2015 at 7:08 am

Last night was the August SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. It brought out the usual egos, tempers, and media folk at the ready to document. Of the twenty applicants, one really stood apart from the rest. The marquee item was Webster Hall’s push to open a bar at 69 Mulberry Street. The scorching temperatures […]

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Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery Seeks 12-Table Sidewalk Cafe

Posted August 17, 2015 at 5:15 am

The barely two-year-old Paulaner Brauhaus continues to struggle for business. The place is rarely at capacity, and is usually a ghost town during prime hours. A mural by Beau at the end of last year helped on the visibility front, but probably wasn’t enough. So, ownership now seeks sidewalk seating for greater visibility. According to […]

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Chinese Tuxedo Begins Construction on Doyers Street Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Posted August 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

Controversial Chinatown carpetbagger Chinese Tuxedo is proceeding with plans to install an enormous footprint of nightlife on Doyers Street. Despite vehement community opposition earlier this year, principals Eddy Buckingham and Hok Lam are deep into the build-out phase. A tipster alerts us to the heightened activity inside the storefront of 5 Doyers Street. And here is some […]

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Webster Hall Team Planning ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ on Mulberry Street, Sparking Fierce Opposition

Last modified August 14, 2015 at 11:27 am

Veterans of Webster Hall are headed south to Chinatown for a new tiki bar concept. Seems like nightlife in general is migrating in this general direction thanks to a slew of storefront vacancies. According to SLA application materials filed with Community Board 3 this month, something called Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge has plans for the recently […]

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$6.5M Straus Square Traffic Safety Project is Underway

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like that “Safe Routes to Schools” capital works project is back on track. There had been a hiatus for the better part of the last six months when ground-break first commenced. As of this week, however, the Department of Design and Construction resumed work on phase one of the $6.5 million initiative. The construction […]

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5 Reasons Gigi Li Should Resign from Community Board 3

Posted August 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

Gigi Li is currently the sitting Chair of Community Board 3. Her three-plus years as purported puppet of Susan Stetzer and the Silver machine have been tarnished by controversy. In such short order, she managed to piss off many people within the district, including member peers. Here are five reasons why Gigi Li should step […]

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