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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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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 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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New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David […]

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SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

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Pity Those Hell Square Bar Owners Who Make Life Miserable for Residents?

Last modified January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

The New York Post outdid itself yesterday with a follow-up to an article we published about controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian, who is amidst a fire sale of his nightlife holdings in Hell Square. Pity the terrible operator is basically the thrust of the article, which quotes Shamlian’s comment on Boogie last week about how […]

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