LES Dwellers Association

Rumor: ‘Mini Rex’ Dry Karaoke Concept Banking on CB3 for Re-vote at Tonight’s Meeting

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

For Mini Rex, the struggle to establish a “dry karaoke” bar on Ludlow Street continues. Despite defeat. You’ll recall that the concept, co-founded by Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai, includes conjoined venues that would include separate entrances for sober and drinking patrons. Different wrist stamps for each side, but booze could be consumed in all the […]

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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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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting. Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the […]

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Neighborhood Backlash Forces Controversial Hotelier to Abort Holiday Inn Rooftop Bar on Delancey

Posted January 6, 2017 at 5:06 am

Suffolk Street is victorious, and hotelier Hank Freid is licking his proverbial wounds. The controversial hotel operator had been gunning to install an enormous rooftop bar atop the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street. Their plans met instant opposition, spearheaded by the Suffolk Street Block Association and the LES Dwellers. It worked. In the five months […]

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Gracias Mama will Probably Open on East Broadway by December

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

If you’re keeping tabs at 162 East Broadway, then you’ve likely witnessed the fast-tracked build-out happening. Gracias Mama is well on its way after just over a month of construction, community opposition notwithstanding. The interior now sports some serious definition, including kitchen and bar. Its presence on the corner of Rutgers Street was pretty much […]

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Battle for Suffolk Street Hinges on Hank Freid’s Holiday Inn Rooftop Bar

Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

The proposed rooftop bar at the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street would up the ante on local nightlife, and have a deleterious effect on those living within earshot, worried neighbors argue. The man behind the food-and-beverage tune-up is Hank Freid, a controversial landlord who also operates a similar rooftop venue called Haven near Times Square. […]

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Hotelier Hank Freid Withdraws Application for Massive Rooftop Bar to Meet with Neighbors

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:09 am

The grassroots furor over a new “Times Square style” rooftop at the Holiday Inn Delancey has already become a hurdle for the latest operator gunning for the space. Controversial hotelier Hank Freid withdrew his application from the Community Board 3 docket yesterday at the last minute. The proposal was to be heard by the SLA […]

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MTA Brushes off Vehement Local Opposition to ‘Gracias Mama’ Entrance on Rutgers Street

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

The MTA sees nothing wrong with having a restaurant entrance mere feet from a bustling subway station. Specifically that of Gracias Mama, whose principals (Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos) are trying to alter their method of operation, which could become a harbinger of overcrowding in a small area. The bold choice to move the front […]

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Community Coalition Petitions MTA to Oppose Gracias Mama’s Bid for 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

A locally vocal coalition of block associations has joined forces in vehement opposition to Gracias Mama, the proposed Mexican restaurant-bar at 162 East Broadway. They’ve appealed the MTA to deny special permission to the applicants for an entrance above the subway station. With help from the LES Dwellers, the Orchard Street Block Association, the Knickerbocker […]

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Rumor: Epstein’s Bar Might Reopen in September, Allegedly with Help from CB3 Chair Nominee

Posted June 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

For nine months the northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets has been quiet. Devoid of the rowdy crowds the neighborhood had become accustomed to. Relish the relative peace because it could change pretty soon. After all, there is a reason why Epstein’s Bar hasn’t removed any of its furnishings and the like from the […]

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