Community Board 3

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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Entrance of Orchard Hell Building (Hotel Indigo)

The Tale of Two Hell Square Hotels: Indigo and Gatsby

Last modified August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

At the head of Orchard Street, it’s essentially a tale of two Hell Square hotels, featuring elements of Indigo, Britney Spears, and Gatsby. Kitty corner apart, Hotel Indigo is squaring off against the dark horse of 163 Orchard. Both devils are vying for liquor licenses in an already saturated environment. Finally nearing completion, 180 Orchard […]

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‘Dashane Santana Way’ Unveiled on Delancey Street 2 Years After Her Death

Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:03 am

Twelve-year-old Dashane Santana was run down by a van in the intersection of Clinton and Delancey in February 2012. Her tragic death was essentially the tipping point that spurred the DOT to finally address traffic safety concerns along this clogged corridor. For instance, increasing the crossing time in this crosswalk and expanding the sidewalk further […]

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Hakki’s Rivington Pizza Parlor Renamed ‘Melani Pizza’; Full Liquor License Sought

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hakki’s “famous” World Champion Pizza at 170 Rivington Street is no longer in the Lower East Side game. Within the last few weeks, the store seemingly changed hands, and currently carries a new identity. The parlor is now called Melani Pizzeria. The store itself underwent some change as well, including a major cleanup and better dining […]

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Clinton Street Baking Co., Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, and Pianos All Approved by CB3

Last modified July 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

Community Board 3 decided to split the SLA subcommittee agenda into a two-night extravaganza. Without the alcohol. The panel approved much of what came their way. Here are some notes: Clinton Street Baking Co., 2-4 Clinton Street Word first circulated back in April that the Clinton Street Baking Co. was expanding its footprint with plans […]

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Landscape Architects Present Park Renderings for ‘Lot 5′ of Essex Crossing Development

Posted July 11, 2014 at 6:06 am

When the Essex Crossing mega-development is completed a decade hence, the park planned for SPURA site 5 will be the only public open space in the whole project area. Currently a derelict parking lot, the parcel in question is a 15,000 square-foot rectangle on Broome Street, between Clinton and Suffolk, and buttressed by a school facility and residential […]

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