EMM Withdraws ‘Finale’ Alteration Application During Full CB3 Meeting
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It’s a full scale war of attrition down here on the Bowery – EMM Group versus the community. And what’s obvious here is that the self-proclaimed “naive dreamers” care not for the neighborhood surroundings. Just the bottom line … and the obligatory celebrity nod in Page Six.
Co-owners Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm are no doubt trying to thin the opposition forces to its plans for Finale at 199 Bowery. In doing so, however, they seem to have caused the opposite reaction. People are friggin’ pissed. And vocal. And litigious.
Anyway. The latest chapter in the ongoing EMM saga is the eleventh-hour withdrawal of their alteration application during the full Community Board 3 meeting Tuesday night. This suspicious action comes just a week after the SLA subcommittee shot down their bid to legitimize the backroom club.
To be honest, it seems rather strange that the Lower Eastpackers could withdraw the application so late in the game (i.e. after already receiving a vote from the SLA subcommittee). Otherwise every proposed establishment would do the same, no…?
In the meantime, the well-heeled principals will continue to operate a questionably legal back room club. One that goes against the previously-agreed-upon stipulations and acts without cabaret permissions.
You watch, though. These guys will still somehow make it all disappear…