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‘Happy Ending’ Allegedly Using Upstairs Apartment as Prep Kitchen, Neighbors Claim

Posted June 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

For neighbors, and even some patrons, Happy Ending is anything but. It’s a perennial scourge that continues to extend a middle finger to the neighborhood. So, recent chatter of an alleged apartment kitchen servicing the club is just more of the same. A change in ownership didn’t really change the status quo at Happy Ending. Since […]

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CB3 Rubs out Happy Ending with Denial of Liquor License Renewal

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Happy Ending is still the scourge of the block, despite its lengthy tenure and subsequent change in ownership. That was the main takeaway from last night’s cumbersome SLA subcommittee meeting for Community Board 3. Happy Ending is an art bar, remember? That was the concept pitched by co-owner, Oliver Stumm, a couple years ago. In […]

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Shady Le Baron Replacement in Chinatown Tries Again for Liquor License

Posted June 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

Chinatown longtimers aren’t taking too kindly to the influx of newcomer nightlife. Whether it’s the cool kids at Mr. Fong’s, the incoming Winnie’s replacement on Bayard Street, or faux area aesthetic of Chinese Tuxedo, none are seemingly welcome. A unified front is established, spearheaded by neighborhood activist Karlin Chan. His latest conquest is 32 Mulberry Street, […]

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Nearing 19 Stories, CitizenM Finally Makes Plans to Meet with Nervous Neighbors on the Bowery

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:11 am

The CitizenM hotel superstructure has already reached the halfway point of its controversial ascension. Upon its eventual completion – originally slated for winter 2016 – this eyesore will sit nineteen stories above the Bowery and boast approximately 300 hotel rooms. And until this point, there has been little to no community outreach from the developer, […]

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Essex Street Market Attendance Woes in the Rearview?

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

In March 2015, vendors operating within the Essex Street Market went DEFCON-2 over foot traffic woes and apparent lack of overall management acumen by the city, whose Economic Development Corporation is in charge. Now, however, it seems like everything is peachy inside the 76-year-old facility; a full 180 from last year’s dire assessment. What changed, you […]

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Rumor: Epstein’s Bar Might Reopen in September, Allegedly with Help from CB3 Chair Nominee

Posted June 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

For nine months the northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets has been quiet. Devoid of the rowdy crowds the neighborhood had become accustomed to. Relish the relative peace because it could change pretty soon. After all, there is a reason why Epstein’s Bar hasn’t removed any of its furnishings and the like from the […]

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Demolition Begins at Samy Mahfar’s 255 East Houston, 13-Story Residential Building on the Way

Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:14 am

Down comes 255 East Houston. Building owner, and reviled landlord, Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) just commenced demolition activity at the East Houston property. The requisite slate of netting and scaffolding arrived last week, so the end is nigh. Once razed, the mid-block parcel will birth a thirteen-story luxury residential tower. Of course, there’s a […]

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Andre Saraiva’s ‘Cafe Henrie’ Expanding with Second Outpost on Forsyth Street

Posted June 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

With all ties to Le Baron (and whatever succeeds it) seemingly broken, former co-founder Andre Saraiva is focusing on a new empire. That of Cafe Henrie on the Lower East Side. The French cafe debuted in September 2015 at 110 Forsyth Street. Now, barely nine months later, Saraiva is looking to expand the business. On the […]

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The Second Coming of St. Jerome’s on Rivington Ends, ‘LES Junction’ up Next

Last modified June 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

The second coming of rock dive St. Jerome’s – christened two years ago as Rivington F+B – is about to change hands. Again. Out from the clutches of controversial nightlife maven Paul Seres. The mid-block hang goes before Community Board 3 in a couple weeks for the presumed sale of assets (and full liquor license). LES […]

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200 Foot Drama: ‘Gracias Mama’ Revises its Concept for 162 East Broadway

Last modified June 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Gracias Mama, the Mexican establishment gunning for the corner of Rutgers and East Broadway, is facing more of an uphill battle than principals Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos (Gelso & Grand) probably anticipated. Even though Community Board 3 approved a full liquor license for this previously unlicensed location (controversial in its own right), the recommendation […]

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