LES Dwellers Association


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

Posted August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

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 August 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

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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Guy with Baseball Bat Threatens Bouncer at Pianos on Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Posted June 3, 2016 at 5:15 am

It’s no secret that bad actors in the local nightlife game tend to attract violence. That much was made crystal clear the last couple months with the rash of local stabbings (and brawl). And here’s another example of Hell Square in its prime. On Wednesday evening, just past midnight, a man wielding a baseball bat was […]

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No Fun was busted by the NYPD in October 2015

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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No Fun was busted by the NYPD in October 2015

‘No Fun’ Nightspot on Ludlow Street Files $2M Defamation Suit Against LES Dwellers

Posted April 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

No Fun is headed to the courts to settle the score with the LES Dwellers block association. The troublesome nightclub just filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against the rag-tag activists in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday. The legal action claims that the Dwellers “have employed improper and illegal tactics to terrorize restaurants and bars in […]

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Quality Eats Ludlow Denied by CB3, Despite LES Dwellers Endorsement

Last modified April 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

Quality Eats tasted raw defeat last night. Community Board 3 voted, in a tiebreaker situation no less, to deny the Stillman steakhouse a full liquor license for a spinoff location at 177 Ludlow Street. Theirs was a holdover application after last month’s withdrawal. Yet, in an ironic turn of events, the restaurant applicant that the LES […]

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Hell Square Feels the Bern with New Bernie Sanders Street Art [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

While all eyes were trained on Washington Square Park yesterday for the Bernie Sanders rally, artist activists lent their own support here on the Lower East Side. The center of Hell Square now feels the Bern. The LES Dwellers block association joined forces with Clayton Patterson to organize the stunt, having invited a gaggle of […]

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