Community Board 3


Back Inside the Long-Shuttered Allen Mall Bathhouse [PHOTOS]

Posted May 27, 2016 at 5:12 am

The long-vacant Allen Mall Bathhouse is getting a deep scrub-down. As previously reported, the Parks Department last week commenced asbestos abatement activity with the purpose of returning the decades-old facility to community use. Namely, a “comfort station” that offers an affordable food stand and (possibly) bike repair station. Due to the ongoing work, we now […]

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As Another Section of East River Esplanade Nears Groundbreak, Locals Push to Keep the Skateboarders Out

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Already three years behind schedule, the so-called “Package 4” of the East River Esplanade is back on track. Severe delays were reportedly much ado about archaic infrastructure beneath South Street and the lack of dry subterranean space, according to the Economic Development Corporation. City officials provided a status update to Community Board 3 last week […]

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CB3 Approves Serafina for Rivington; Chinatown Fights Against Le Baron Replacement

Last modified May 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Italian cuisine will remain at 98 Rivington Street, as Serafina scored its approval. And Chinatown is against whatever Le Baron replacement Ron Castellano has up his sleeve. Those are the dual headlines from last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The gathering was mind-numbing, as per usual, with the added benefit of a […]

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Will CB3 Make Good on its Promise to Curb the Liquor License Saturation in Hell Square?

Posted May 16, 2016 at 9:27 am

“CB3 … will not approve license applications that are subject to the 500-foot rule unless they meet the high standard of being in the public interest.” –Community Board 3, April 2016 resolution Restaurateur Michael Stillman was handed defeat last month for his Quality Eats outpost proposed for Ludlow Street. Community Board 3 denied the application, […]

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Why Michael Shah’s Co-Working Bar ‘Orchard Street Social’ is a Bad Idea for Hell Square

Posted May 13, 2016 at 5:14 am

After sitting vacant for two years, the ground level store at 130 Orchard Street (formerly Daniel’s Leather) is itching to join the Hell Square scene. You’ll recall that the notorious landlord Michael Shah purchased the S. Beckenstein building for $28 million, and now hopes to install some tomfoolery called the Orchard Street Social. Some neighbors […]

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‘Roundhouse’ Kickstarts Bid to Open Mexican Joint at 148 East Broadway

Posted May 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

The trickle of nightlife is now a torrent pouring into the eastern fringe of East Broadway. Primarily a commercial district overrun with Chinatown bus stops, the area is getting hotter. It started with the controversial Mexican nightspot – Gracias Mama – proposed by Gelso & Grand’s Nima Garos earlier this year. And now it continues with […]

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GreenStreets Pedestrian Plaza Blooms Despite Mess of East Houston Reconstruction

Posted May 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

Some additional good news to report regarding the black hole of East Houston Reconstruction. The GreenStreets pedestrian plaza carved out of East First Street is sprouting. Initial completion (and planting) here was actually pushed up from its revised October 2016 target. Until now, the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Transportation were slow to […]

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The 2-Way Bike Lane Proposed for Chrystie Street is Happening

Posted May 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

The Chrystie Street bike lane overhaul will happen. If only the East Houston reconstruction project would hurry the fuck up. Last night Community Board 3, whose input is strictly advisory, unanimously approved the implementation of the two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street. It was the second such approval in as many months but not the […]

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DOT Begins its Reconfiguration of Division Street at the Bowery

Posted May 10, 2016 at 5:18 am

The complex western terminus of Division Street is undergoing a metamorphosis, as expected. Six months after the Pedestrian Projects Group netted blessings from Community Board 3, the Department of Transportation just began rollout of its plan to reconfigure the lengthy block between Market Street and the Bowery. Indeed, last week saw the arrival of a new […]

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Hotel on Rivington Replaces Viktor & Spoils with New Shanghai-Themed Lounge

Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

With surgery complete, the Hotel on Rivington is ready to relaunch its nightlife activity. Co-op Food & Drink shuttered back in January, and in the interim, the entire ground and second levels were remodeled and entrance updated. Now, a Shanghai-themed lounge and Mediterranean restaurant are ready. Roberto Buchelli (Beautique, Provocateur) and Corey Lane (partner in 13th Street […]

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