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Black Tap's Joe Isidori at Community Board 3, August 2016

Still Buffering: CB3 Must Wait Longer for Livestreams of Monthly Meetings 

Posted February 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

Community Board meetings are notorious for being marathon affairs. Near-all-nighters where patience, personalities, and tempers are put to the test. But some districts are now able to enjoy the boredom from the comfort of the couch, with beverage (or joint) in hand. Though, not in District 3. Not yet, at least. Community Board 1 (Williamsburg and […]

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Phase 2 of Essex Crossing will Break Ground in June with More Affordable Housing

Last modified February 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

Essex Crossing is firing on all burners. Full throttle. Two of the four new buildings are topped out, with the balance reaching skyward each day; the 24-story “Gateway” (Site 2) and 242 Broome Street condos (Site 1) are currently sporting some major heft. But this is a rolling process, and, recent progress notwithstanding, sights are […]

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Cocoron-Goemon Team Ready to Open 4th Location on Delancey/Kenmare Corridor

Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

It’s been more than six years since Cocoron introduced its first soba shop on Delancey Street. The cramped restaurant gained instant popularity and now counts three locations to its name including Goemon Curry. Now the mini-chain is ready for its newest outpost, adding “Noodle with Nutrition” to the block. As previously reported, a third Cocoron […]

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Blame Stetzer and CB3 for Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge,’ Neighbors Argue

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

The good news from last Monday night is that Community Board 3 voted to deny the Mazaar Lounge a renewal for its full liquor license, even if only advisory. Yet, getting to that point created a contentious situation that pitted controversial block association LES Dwellers against the District Manager Susan Stetzer and the SLA subcommittee. As the video […]

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Black Tap Build-Out Begins on Ludlow Street, as Neighbors Remain Leery of Overcrowding

Last modified February 9, 2017 at 7:52 am

And so it begins. Black Tap officially commenced construction activities at its new Hell Square home. Token brown paper appeared in the windows of 177 Ludlow Street last week, obscuring the storefront for the duration. If the schedule is met, the burger joint is on course for an opening sometime this summer. As previously reported, […]

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Speedy Romeo Pizzeria Opens its Larger Dining Room on Clinton Street Next Month

Posted February 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

Speedy, it was. One year into operations, Speedy Romeo Pizzeria on Clinton Street is now a few weeks from expansion. Ownership spent the last six months renovating the adjacent space for the purposes of relocating the kitchen and enlarging the dining room. “We’ve been not-so-secetly working on a brand new dining room next door,” an announcement on […]

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Hell Square Problem ‘Mazaar Lounge’ Returns for Liquor License Renewal Hearing Tonight

Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

Problematic Hell Square haunt, Mazaar Lounge, returns to Community Board 3 tonight for its liquor license renewal. Ownership had withdrawn the application at the eleventh-hour last month. This maneuver is oftentimes a tactic employed to wear down opposition. Controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir will stand tall […]

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More on the Winnie’s Reboot Headed to East Broadway

Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

Famed Chinatown dive, Winnie’s, is indeed making a comeback, as first reported here last week. Owner Ching Mei Mui is headed upstairs, reviving the establishment two years after closing the OG on Bayard Street. Ching Mei Mui will convert the second-floor office space of 58 East Broadway into this newest iteration of Winnie’s. And it’s […]

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‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Might Take Over Leftfield on Ludlow Street

Last modified February 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Out of left field comes a new “sober-style” karaoke bar. In other words, it appears that Leftfield at 87 Ludlow Street is looking to jet. The five-year-old skate-ish bar (and sometimes problem child) will likely close in the coming weeks to make way for what’s described as a “luxury karaoke” concept. The forthcoming Mini Rex — named […]

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City Pitches New Soccer Field at P.S. 184 on Cherry Street

Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:15 am

Lace up. Looks like another soccer field might soon come to the Lower East Side. The New York City Soccer Initiative – a public-private partnership between the city, US Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club, and Adidas – is pitching a new pitch. Location of choice is an area still ripe for the picking. […]

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