Stoop Removal Planned at 106 Rivington; Security Cameras Installed

Posted on: December 5th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

The stoop (Dutch for “step”) – an urban social gathering spot – is a dying breed on the Lower East Side, and the classic one at 106 Rivington Street will itself become fodder for a landfill.

Despite recent setbacks at the hand of Community Board 3 (i.e. full board overturn), local business owners Jose Orlando Rodriguez and Robert Payne are still moving forward with their plans for a Latin “restaurant.” The plywood scaffolding combo was constructed onsite during Thanksgiving weekend, signaling the commencement of remodeling activities. DOB permits don’t reveal much, but imminent is the installation of French windows and the death and dismemberment of the elegantly antique stoop. All to accommodate a “second entrance” to the top floor of the establishment.

Diem Boyd of the Lower East Side Dwellers NIMBY tells us that applicants said the “stoop removal is a necessary component of the overall plan”, and this particular storefront renovation would “enhance the neighborhood by modernizing the building.”

However, during an October meeting, before the media circus SLA subcommittee hearing, Boyd argued to keep the defining piece of entrance architecture, stating its cultural significance to the character of the neighborhood. The plea fell on deaf ears.

Another new onsite fixture – security cameras. LES Dwellers also alerted us to the recent arrival of surveillance equipment, purportedly in response to a recent “break-in.”

As it stands, 106 Rivington can only serve wine and beer until a midnight closing. They will likely circumvent the red tape of the advisory committee and head straight for the State Liquor Authority. That hasn’t happened just yet.

And for posterity, our urban historian, Allison, dug up this gem of 106 Rivington:

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