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Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses. Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford to Live in NYC Anymore

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

To live in New York City is so expensive, even the birds can’t afford it. This truth is the creative mojo behind a new temporary art project coming to First Park this month. The incoming sculpture, aptly entitled “Birdhouse Repo,” is the work of city native Aaron Schraeter. Simple yet brilliant, his goal was political […]

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With the Debut of ‘S’zen Mixology Lounge’ this Week, Another THOR Spot for Embattled Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Embattled neighbors call it one of the most problematic operators dotting Hell Square. One that seemingly gets away with everything. Somehow the Hotel on Rivington continues to open (and close) new establishments on-premise without the benefit of public scrutiny. The latest future grievance to arrive is a second-floor nightspot dubbed S’zen Mixology Lounge (i.e. scene + zen). […]

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Five Years Delayed, ‘Package 4’ of East River Esplanade Finally Ready to Proceed

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The war of attention between the city agencies is finally over. Package 4 of the East River Esplanade, already delayed five years, is ready to proceed. Gears are in motion to beautify the stretch of waterfront between Catherine Street and Pike Slip. In the end, it was a single, century-old length of subterranean piping that […]

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Post-Storm Stray Voltage Found on Orchard Street

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

Stray voltage remains one of Con Edison’s biggest problems, yet it’s not often discussed in the public forum. Only when tragedy strikes. (The placement of the skull Halloween jug is apropos.) The last time the hot-button issue came up was in February 2014 when a dog was electrocuted to death on Clinton Street. Objects on […]

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Tavern on Jane, Clinton Craft House Get CB3 Green Light

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:13 am

The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 met yesterday evening to discuss this month’s applicants. With only a few items on the agenda, it clocked in as one of the shortest meetings in recent years. Tavern on Jane, 349 East 13th Street Probably the biggest news of the night was that Tavern on Jane principal Michael […]

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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting. Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the […]

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The ‘Bowery Craft House’ to Replace Ariel’s Latin Bistro on Clinton Street

Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

For the third time in seven years, there will be a changing of the guard at the southwest corner of East Houston and Clinton Streets. Ariel’s Latin Bistro, which came on the nightlife scene in June 2014, is about to transition from Latin to Contemporary American stylings. Next up, something called the Bowery Craft House. […]

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Mission Chinese Plans a Vietnamese Spinoff at the Old Pies ‘n’ Thighs on Canal Street

Posted December 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

Some potential juicy news to sate your holiday hangover. Community Board 3 released its monthly agenda on Friday, and the SLA subcommittee docket includes an application for Mission Vietnamese (MVNYC LLC) at 43 Canal Street. On the surface, it would appear that owner Danny Bowien is looking to secure full liquor privileges here, yet might need […]

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Mahfar Alleges CB3 Conflict of Interest over Zoning Change Denial 

Posted December 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

If Samy Mahfar had his way, nightlife would be permitted in the ground level of his thirteen-story mixed-use tower slated for 255 East Houston, which is currently zoned for a community facility. Three months ago, the City Council declined the five-years-in-the-making proposal to rezone the two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston with a commercial overlay […]

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