Community Board 3

Sutra's Ariel Palitz, Photo: Blackbook

Sutra’s Ariel Palitz Divulges Her Distaste for the Local Blogs

Posted September 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

Last Wednesday evening was the swan song soiree for Sutra Lounge. The hip-hop club had operated on First Avenue for a decade. This party was both a celebration and sendoff. As for next steps, owner Ariel Palitz is still rumored as a player in the new Mars Bar juicery in the works on East First […]

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The DOT is Happy with the Changes It Made to Help Alleviate the Congestion at Grand and Clinton

Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

The westbound intersection of Clinton and Grand Streets is fixed, the Department of Transportation proclaims. Agency engineer Rich Carmona took a pseudo victory lap last week at the Community Board 3 transportation subcommittee meeting by extolling the progress made in the last couple years. You’ll recall that the traffic patterns around the Williamsburg Bridge shifted […]


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CB3 Denied Epstein’s Bar a Liquor License Renewal Without Appearing Before the Public

Posted September 16, 2014 at 5:32 am

Epstein’s Bar had grand plans to expand upward at Stanton Street. The idea was to annex the second and third floors for dining and event spaces respectively. But Community Board 3 put the kibosh on those plans in June by denying the alteration, thanks to outspoken community opposition; and the applicant ultimately withdrew before the […]

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Tonight Will Be the Last for Sutra Lounge After 10 Years on 1st Avenue

Posted September 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

Tonight, Sutra Lounge celebrates both its life and imminent death. As previously reported, the longtime First Avenue hang will hang its hat after a farewell party tonight with Questlove and Tony Touch on the turntables. The sendoff bash also functions as a tenth anniversary celebration. Once owner Ariel Palitz and Sutra Lounge altogether sunset, the […]

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‘Chloe 81 Blue’ Ground Level Oyster Bar Debuts on Ludlow Street

Posted September 3, 2014 at 5:16 am

Sebastian LC just debuted its new annex. Only it’s now operating under the Chloe 81 family… Work had been slow but steady inside 81 Ludlow Street since last December, but there is finally something to show for it. This new adjoining space will capitalize on the now-beached trend of seafood nightlife, and function, at least partially, […]

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Entrance of Orchard Hell Building (Hotel Indigo)

CB3 Approves Hotel Indigo and Wassail, Lambasts Hair of the Dog

Posted August 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

It might be the dog days of summer, but at the SLA subcommittee meeting last night for Community Board 3, it was still a packed house. Some twenty applicants vied for license approvals, eight (!) of which reside in Hell Square alone. Herewith, a quick and dirty recollection from our brief three-hour stint. Wassail, 162 […]

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That Tectonic Plate Artwork is Happening in Sara D. Roosevelt Park Right Now

Posted August 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Get ready. The tectonic plates are shifting into the basketball courts of Sara D. Roosevelt Park as we speak. Actually, it’s just that new street art project by Jarrod Beck called “Uplift.” Looks like materials for the ambitious artwork are now stacked atop the north stairs and awaiting assembly. Crime scene tape secures the perimeter. […]

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Sutra Lounge Will Close on September 10 with Farewell Party Featuring Questlove

Posted August 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

It’s last call for Ariel Palitz and her Sutra Lounge. The news arrived yesterday evening with an announcement that its tenth anniversary – September 10 – will double as the grand finale. And for some, it can’t come soon enough. In 2005, the nightclub was considered one of Manhattan’s noisiest bars, and still holds a […]

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Teenagers Can Now Legally Serve on NYC Community Boards

Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

It’s officially official. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo and State Legislators rubber stamped Resolution 115, legislation introduced by BP Gale Brewer which permits 16- and 17-year-olds to serve on local Community Boards citywide. It’s considered a big victory, one that maintains the promise of rounding out the boards with voices of the future, giving them a civic soapbox for the happenings […]

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Sapphire Lounge Closes for Expected 3-Month Renovation Period

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

You could call it the end of an era, cliche as it may be. The twenty-year-old Sapphire Lounge is now closed to undergo a planned remodeling. Saturday night was the sendoff party for the old space at 249 Eldridge Street. Owner Jahan Salarimatin tells us, “[We closed] Sapphire for soundproofing and revamping for 3 months.” […]

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