LES Dwellers Association

What’s it Like Living or Working in Hell Square? [SURVEY]

Posted November 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s it like to live and work in Hell Square? That’s the question behind the second phase of the Hunter College graduate program study that analyzed public health and safety risk of liquor density on the Lower East Side. No, this isn’t a farce. It’s a legit effort to figure out a way to make […]

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CB3 Bristles at ‘Hell Square’ Designation in Controversial Liquor Saturation Panel

Last modified September 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Whenever the subject of liquor licenses in Hell Square is raised, conversations are heated and tempers flare. One need only attend the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting for confirmation, or, as it happens, a hearing to discuss bar saturation on the Lower East Side. Such was the case last night during the scheduled panel about “Alcohol […]

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CB3 to Discuss Impacts of Liquor License Saturation on the Lower East Side

Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

Next week, Community Board 3 will attempt a discussion on the linkage between alcohol density on the Lower East Side and adverse impacts upon both local public health and safety. The event is billed as a “Special Agenda Item Notice” and falls under the Transportation, Public Safety, and Environment subcommittee This conversation is especially significant […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Nightlife Saturation in Hell Square is Toxic to Quality of Life and Spurs Crime, New Study Finds

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

The LES Dwellers Block Association yesterday released a new study on Hell Square nightlife and its deleterious effects on the local populace. At the behest of the activists, graduate students at the Hunter College urban development workshop (URBG790) investigated the crime and safety situation as it relates to liquor over-saturation. The study reveals much of […]

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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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