Community Board 3


EMM Aborts Finale on the Bowery, Tao is Taking Over

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

EMM Group washed its hands of the Bowery last week. But something bigger is on the way. Lower Eastpacking all the way. After three years of public deception, lawsuits, static from the State Liquor Authority, and non-stop quality of life issues for residents and neighbors alike, Finale and its EMM Group overlords are out. Rumors […]

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The Derby replaces Tiny Fork on Orchard St.

‘Pizza Beach’ on its Way to the Former Derby Space on Orchard Street

Last modified March 26, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Ladies and gents, we might have a taker for Rob Shamlian’s embattled bar space at the corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets. The Derby (fka Tiny Fork) closed for good back in January, and advertised the business as for sale almost immediately. Looks like the controversial Martignetti brothers (Brinkley’s, East Pole) are grabbing the bait. According […]

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Overbuilt and Underwhelming ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Announced in Hell Square

Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

A great Gatsby this hotel is not. Rather, 163 Orchard is yet another Lower East Side lodge ruining Hell Square. And now it carries a new name. No longer evoking the fictional character of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the establishment is hereafter known as the Orchard Street Hotel. Pretty clever, huh. The branding was installed above […]

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‘Launch F18′ Gallery Takes Flight at 94 Allen Street

Last modified March 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

Those who thought the so-called “museum block” of Orchard Street would obtain another liquor license can rest easy. It’s not happening anymore. You’ll recall that last year, the duo behind Contra (Jeremiah Stone, Fabian von Hauske) had scored approval from Community Board 3 to open a new “creative American” restaurant at 94 Allen Street. The […]

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‘One and One’ Walked Away from Opening a New Bar in Preserve 24 Space

Posted March 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Looks like the former home of Preserve 24 on East Houston will continue to sit idle. Could this L-shaped property now be considered a cursed space? There was a brief moment back in December when the owners of One and One (founded 1998) – Terry Dunne and Paul O’Sullivan – were thisclose to opening another booze […]

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Constant Delays on Waterfront Spur Creation of ‘Friends of Pier 35′ Grassroots Group

Posted March 18, 2015 at 5:19 am

Don’t hold your breath for Pier 35. The capital works project to install an EcoPark right off Rutgers Slip is stalled out and unlikely to see the light of day for many years. As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “while we’re young!” According to the Economic Development Corporation – the city agency behind the initiative – […]

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Notes from CB3: Whynot Approved for Sushi, The DL Gets Its Sidewalk Cafe

Last modified March 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

It was a deceivingly small list of applicants, but the night went on forever. After all, this is the SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3, and there are no time limits. Nevertheless, the proceedings saw several approvals for applicants, even for the bad actors of the neighborhood. Shalom Tov Tapas Bar, 154 Orchard Street […]

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One of the earlier LES Dwellers' street campaigns, October 2012

Who Benefits? Clayton Patterson Demands Answers Regarding Liquor Over-Saturation on the Lower East Side

Last modified March 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

The following letter was written by Clayton Patterson, and directed toward local politicians, including Community Board 3. Yes, enough is enough with the bars and liquor licenses. Why does this part of the community need so many drinking establishments? We have lived through much abuse as our area has been turned into an alcohol theme […]

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No Vote: Essex Street Residents Don’t Want Another Bar Along Seward Park

Last modified March 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

Not everyone out there is stoked to vote for Pedro. A group of outspoken residents along the perimeter of Seward Park (part of the SPaCE block association) have begun a grassroots campaign against the new Mexican joint planned for 17 Essex Street. As previously reported, an applicant called Vote for Pedro is gunning to open […]

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Neighbors Contend The DL Operates Illegally by Hosting Lucky Cheng’s; Backlash Against Proposed Sidewalk Cafe

Posted March 16, 2015 at 5:14 am

Lucky Cheng’s became a refugee after its brief Times Square stint fizzled. The DL came to the rescue last year and installed the cabaret – most popular for bachelorette parties – on the second floor of the club complex. It even commands its own entrance around the corner at 93 Ludlow, and will likely remain […]

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