Community Board 3


When Love is Found in the Halls of Community Board 3

Posted November 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

​They found love in a hopeless place. Community Board 3, that is. The Villager reports this week that former member Carlina Rivera, Legislative Director for Rosie Mendez and sitting member James Rogers, owner of LES vet Pushcart Coffee, just got hitched. Apparently the couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. In the weekly roundup, Scoopy also […]


81 Bowery in 2013, Photo: Annie Ling

CB3 Backs Bill Providing Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants Facing Eviction

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

There is an eight-month-old bill making its way through City Council that could help stem the rising tide of homelessness. At last count, more than 58,000 people are in the shelter system, according to a recent New York Times article, plus many more on the streets. By attacking one root cause – evictions – two […]

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DDC Not Alerting Neighbors to Water Shutoffs for Rivington Street Work, Neighbors Say

Posted November 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

​The Department of Design and Construction is now seven months into its latest infrastructural project on the Lower East Side. This capital works job (#MED625) singled out several areas of concern for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.” Three of said locales reside within the confines of Community Board 3. The largest […]

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Notes from CB3: Williamsburg Pizza Approved, Despite Bathroom Situation; Tre Extends Hours

Posted November 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

Last night was a momentous occasion. The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 only discussed eight new applicants seeking booze approval. Certainly a rarity these days. Let’s dive into the details. Williamsburg Pizza, 277 Broome Street Holding down the corner of Allen and Broome Streets the last two years, Williamsburg Pizza was on the docket […]

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CB3 Committee Moves to Approve Another Chinatown Bus Operator

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

Heretofore operating illegally on East Broadway, GD Bus Tour Inc. is now looking to legitimize its intercity bus company. They’ve already signed a lease on a store at 125 East Broadway (sign is up), and plan on continuing twice-a-day service to Orlando, Florida. The stop will piggyback off the M9 there. Its owners appeared before […]

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Intersection of Bowery and Division St.

CB3 Greelights DOT Plan to Reconfigure Division Street

Posted November 12, 2015 at 5:12 am

One of the most complicated downtown intersections will soon receive a slight makeover with major implications. Indeed, the Department of Transportation is pushing through a proposal to alter the configuration of Division Street, between Market and the Bowery (part of a designated truck route). It’s a lengthy one-block zone clogged with two-way traffic, illegally parked […]

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With Business Struggling, Stores on Clinton Street Push to Overturn Loading Zone

Last modified November 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

It’s no secret that Clinton Street businesses have been struggling of late. Deemed a shopping area, rising rents, decreased daytime foot traffic, and increased real estate taxes have created a perfect storm of hinderance. (Remember also that the street itself is haunted.) A reported nine of twenty-one stores on the west side of Clinton Street are vacancies. […]

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Zing’s Awesome Rice Shop Opens this Weekend on Ludlow Street

Posted November 3, 2015 at 5:16 am

Where pizza was, rice will soon follow. Proprietor Zing Bai is just about done installing her new eponymous rice shop at 122 Ludlow Street. The inside was gutted and remodeled, and exterior signage affixed to the brickwork. We are told that the establishment soft opens this weekend. Zing’s Awesome Rice Shop, successor to the failed […]

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Rendering of the Metrograph theater on Ludlow St.

Metrograph Hopes to Revive the Golden Age of Cinema Dining with ‘The Commissary’

Last modified October 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

Not much in the way of theatrics last night at the SLA subcommittee meeting for Community Board 3. The agenda was top-loaded with some of the more exciting and/or notorious liquor license applicants of late. Namely, Alexander Olch’s new cinema arts house on lower Ludlow Street, the Metrograph. “The Commissary” at the Metrograph, 7 Ludlow […]

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Chinese Tuxedo Tries Again for 5 Doyers Street

Posted October 19, 2015 at 10:24 am

​For a minute there, Chinese Tuxedo had ceased remodeling efforts inside Doyers Street. An extended period of quiet during part of September. But the Chinatown carpetbaggers are back in action, ready to get one over on the neighborhood. Later tonight, principals Eddy Buckingham and Hok Lam will appear before Community Board 3 for a beer-wine […]

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