Spitzer’s Corner Sidewalk Cafe Application Under LES Dwellers’ Scrutiny

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 at 5:15 am by
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Now that we’ve had a full 36-ish hours to process the June SLA subcommittee agenda, one item is already causing drama in Hell Square. With its simple sidewalk application, Rob Shamlian’s Spitzer’s Corner at 101 Rivington has attracted the ire of the LES Dwellers Association. There’s some deep history here.

Spitzer’s Corner has twice previously applied for various levels of sidewalk dining. Many moons ago. On both occasions, the nightspot was denied by Community Board 3, successfully deterred by elements of what would eventually become the Dwellers. So we are told.

In June 2008 [PDF], the applicant tried to modify its then-current sidewalk presence to increase overall seating, but was roundly rejected by the community. One year later in 2009 [PDF], another CB3 denial recommendation was handed to the Department of Consumer Affairs, the city agency responsible for such permissions. Each carried the identical WHEREAS citation:

The increase in nighttime venues has resulted in persistent and numerous complaints regarding increased noise as well as increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in specific areas within this district… said complaints have evolved over time from complaints that were once only about specific rowdy businesses to complaints that are now about noise and congestion resulting from the sheer volume of eating and drinking establishments.

The Dwellers, for their part, tell us that they are determined to fight this license with the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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