Community Board 3


‘Talde’ Team Tapped for 4 Separate Nightspots at Joie de Vivre Hotel on the Bowery

Posted February 3, 2016 at 5:12 am

Just yesterday, we were talking about the future of Jing Fong Restaurant vis-a-vis owner Alex Chu. While the landlord will likely demolish this “Chinatown Arcade” sometime in the next couple years, the real attention is still at the long-in-the-works Joie de Vivre hotel next door at 50 Bowery. According to the paperwork filed with Community Board […]

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The Vegan Street Fair is Coming to the East Village (Eventually)

Posted February 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

​Listen up, vegans. A food festival just for you is coming to the Lower East Side. The Vegan Street Fair. Patience, though, as it probably won’t happen until next fall. And not a done deal, at that. After just one year in Los Angels, organizers Ken and Jessica Schoech hope to up the ante this […]

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CB3 to Consider Reinstating Terminated Liquor License for Problematic Whynot Coffee

Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:16 am

​Whynot Coffee has been operating without booze since last May, when the State Liquor Authority terminated its wine and beer license for failure of adhering to stipulations. It’s a coffee shop, after all. At the time of its disciplinary hearing eight months ago, the board unanimously stonewalled owner Emil Stepkov and his counsel (Donald Bernstein) […]

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CB3 Remains Skeptical Over EDC Selection Process for Lowline Site

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s clear that Community Board 3 is not too keen on the Lowline anymore. One need only observe the current process to procure design ideas via an official “Request for Expression of Interest” by the Economic Development Corporation for the 60,000 square-foot abandoned trolley terminal. Despite previous endorsements, the advisory body does not like the […]

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LPC Approves Ridley’s Landmark Restoration and Penthouse Addition on Grand Street

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Half of the former Ridley & Son’s department store – designated a city landmark – will be restored as part of a new residential conversion project. Less than a month after the positive advisory recommendation from Community Board 3, the Landmarks Preservation Commission followed suit during the hearing on Tuesday. As previously reported, the owner […]

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26 Canal, future home of Little Canal cafe

Notes from CB3: Little Canal Championed, Barcade and Winnie’s Replacement Panned

Posted January 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

An abbreviated agenda does not a short night make. After all, this is Community Board 3, where the monthly SLA subcommittee meetings routinely run six hours at a clip.  Last night, of course, was no exception. What appeared to be an easy night was quite the opposite. The most controversial applicants seeking license approval were […]

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Naama Tamir of Willimsburg’s ‘Lighthouse’ Plans Expansion with Mulberry Street Outpost

Posted January 4, 2016 at 5:10 am

Popular Williamsburg haunt, Lighthouse, is on the verge of expansion into the crowded Manhattan market. Naama Tamir, half of the brother-sister team behind the OG, is planning a spinoff location in Little Italy. The former laundromat at 241 Mulberry is now marked, with teaser signage in tow. The proposal for this aptly-named “outpost” arrives six […]

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‘Little Canal’ Cafe Vying to Open at 26 Canal Street

Last modified December 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Last week, a Boogie reader sent along intel that a couple of “Williamsburg types” were sniffing around 26 Canal Street (corner of Rutgers). Presumably for some sort of new nightlife endeavor. After all, the time is ripe, as the cornershop was recently vacated by pop-up boutique Miss Hoe and this particular area continues to blow up. […]

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‘Box Hill’ Bar Eyes Completed Six-Story Office Building at Fire-Scorched 107 East Broadway

Posted December 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

When the massive fire leveled the Hong Kong Supermarket in 2009 and destroyed the adjacent tenements, rebound seemed daunting. The death and displacement was devastating, but it left a huge parcel free for development. And that’s exactly what happened, though it took years for the so-called recovery to take hold. Marriott arrived with its Fairfield Inn brand […]

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‘Excuse My French’ Bar-Restaurant Opening Soon at 96 Orchard Street

Posted December 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Excuse My French, but the new fuckin restaurant is opening at 96 Orchard Street, across from the Tenement Museum. The so-called establishment, situated in the below-grade commercial space, is on the precipice of launch. Later this month, according to the website. Lights are on, and someone is home. Let’s take a peek inside. Peering through […]

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