LES Dwellers Association


Epstein’s Bar is Shuttered with White Flag of Surrender

Posted September 8, 2015 at 4:55 am

Epstein’s Bar suddenly closed over the holiday weekend with nary a mention of cause. Gates have been drawn since Saturday, tipsters tell us, and a white flag (of surrender?) appeared on its facade yesterday. The shutter is most likely the result of huge pressure from the neighborhood regarding its ongoing illegal occupancy issues. The last […]

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Gotham Court Terrace Party Sparks Fire on 2nd Floor, Management is Mum

Last modified August 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

From the files of Gotham Court (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex), we have more egregious evidence typifying the unchecked partying at the frat compound. First up, the photo below portrays a bro splayed across the parapet in reasonable danger of falling. Neighbors relayed the image as well as a reminder of how similar actions resulted in a […]

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Chad Marlow vs. Gigi Li for CB3 Chair, June 2014

5 Reasons Gigi Li Should Resign from Community Board 3

Posted August 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

Gigi Li is currently the sitting Chair of Community Board 3. Her three-plus years as purported puppet of Susan Stetzer and the Silver machine have been tarnished by controversy. In such short order, she managed to piss off many people within the district, including member peers. Here are five reasons why Gigi Li should step […]

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Former Sixth Ward on Orchard Street is Leasing, Illegal Backyard Promised

Last modified July 22, 2015 at 11:43 am

It was only a matter of time. Three months after its free-fall to failure, the dormant Sixth Ward space at 191 Orchard Street is now for rent. During the interim period, its furnishings were auctioned to the highest bidders and the premises relieved of the remainders. Now, a sucker is sought for the problematic storefront. […]

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Captain Steven Hellman, July 2015

Nightlife Concerns Dominate Meet-and-Greet with New 7th Precinct CO Steven Hellman

Posted July 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

Here he is, your new Commanding Officer of the 7th Precinct, Captain Steven Hellman. So long, Captain Simonetti. Hellman’s appointment to the post meant a break with tradition – a community council meeting during the sweltering month of July. The climate of the meet-and-greet was cordial, yet sweaty. Serious swamp-ass conditions, thanks to a busted […]

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Pianos Instates Noise Control Program Due to Heightened Pressure from Hell Square Residents

Last modified June 22, 2015 at 8:20 am

Pianos on Ludlow Street is one of the busiest nightlife venues in Hell Square. A favorite of college kids, recent grads, and B&T alike, its queues almost always snake out of control during peak weekends hours. Usually a shitshow. The forum for complaint is oftentimes the 7th Precinct Community Council, but resolution is mostly out […]

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Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street Loses Its Wine-Beer License in SLA Ruling

Posted June 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee sustained a deadly blow in early May when the State Liquor Authority officially terminated its wine and beer license at 175 Orchard Street. The board unanimously stonewalled owner Emil Stepkov and his counsel (Donald Bernstein) for duping the community over its half-baked “art” concept. And for the LES Dwellers, it’s another storied victory, the second on this […]

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The 7th Precinct

The LES Dwellers Call for Dissolution of 7th Precinct Community Council

Last modified June 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

The flashpoint local block association, LES Dwellers, are again at the forefront of controversy. This time, ire is directed toward the 7th Precinct Community Council for purported lack of transparency. The proverbial straw that broke the Hell Square back was cancellation of the scheduled public session at the last community affairs meeting on Wednesday. From the mailbag: […]

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The Sixth Ward’s Liquor License was Terminated by the SLA Yesterday 

Last modified April 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Hell Square just lost one of its more notorious offenders. In a seemingly unprecedented move, the State Liquor Authority yesterday afternoon dropped the hammer on the eight-year-old Sixth Ward at 191 Orchard Street. The judgment capped legal proceedings that began in November. Shortly after 7pm last night, the Sixth Ward posted these misleading signs in the windows […]

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Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Fails, Looks to Become ‘Sushi Wa’

Posted February 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

Whynot, because it couldn’t. Whynot Cafe failed to gain traction due in large part to its inability to secure a full liquor license. Their two bids met stiff resistance from the community including the LES Dwellers. And now it’s on last legs. Rumblings of its closure had circulated for the last week, but their PR […]

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