Notes from CB3: Moscow 57 and Wolfnights Approved

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 at 5:39 am by
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The SLA subcommittee meeting last night was held in the office of Community Board 3, and was certainly a tame affair. After all, these are the proverbial dog days. Anyway. The night began with a few notable statistics about the increase in 311 complaints within the jurisdiction of the advisory board this past year. Below are some quick notes we jotted from the evening.

311 Statistics Across CB3

District Manager Susan Stetzer rattled off an increase in complaints by 29% with regard to bar noise. Breaking out the numbers, the 5th Precinct surprisingly saw a 33% decline in complaints, while the 7th Precinct saw a nearly 37% increase. Discuss…

Effort to Shorten SLA Meetings

As we all know, CB3 meetings are marathon sessions where tempers flare and dreams are often broken. Proceedings usually last through the night. In an effort to curb the length, the committee is urging future applicants to try and work out possible stipulations with the appropriate parties beforehand so that votes can be expedited.

Moscow 57, 168 1/2 Delancey (Full Liquor)

You could tell that these applicants weren’t trying to pull any fast ones. Founder Ellen Kaye, whose family once upon a time owned the Russian Tea Room, is planning (with partner Seth Goldman) a spot based on Russian Central Asian food and a curated live events program (i.e. jazz, poetry readings, blues, folk). Their whole presentation was up-front – that this will be a restaurant with musical accompaniment. Brunch and breakfast will be a component here as well. The board approved the concept, despite some static regarding the maintenance of sidewalk congestion. Especially given its location beside The Delancey.

B4, 235 East 4th Street (Full Liquor)

The proposed “seasonal” Italian restaurant was easily approved since their stipulations (i.e. 12am closing, windows shutter at 10pm, no live performances) were agreed to in advance.

Wolfnights, 99 Rivington Street (Wine and Beer)

Until recently, this fast food wrap station on Rivington had been serving beverages under the license of its predecessor Three Monkeys. Not exactly legal. Total disregard notwithstanding, Wolfnights sold past the agreed-upon 1 am limit. However, a recent corporate change was behind this appearance as a new license needed to be secured. The item was on the agenda last month, and received some flack from the LES Dwellers. Ultimately, CB3 voted to reward the poor behavior and granted the license, albeit under the strict conditions of the previous license – hours of sale must end at 1am and no outdoor space.

Aleppo Slider, 647 East 11th Street (Wine and Beer)

We can’t quite understand why this applicant decided against withdrawing the application until next month, especially given that the full board doesn’t meet until then. Basically, the fast-foodish concept was denied due to a lack of community outreach. A few neighbors on the block spoke about how the residential nature of the street would be disturbed by the advent of a so-called “White Castle concept.” When the subcommittee advised principal (and lifelong 11th Street resident) Hazm Aliessa to withdraw since a denial was likely, he and his backseat lawyer instead decided to roll the dice.

Sebastian LC, 81 Ludlow Street (Alteration/Full Liquor)

The French/Cuban restaurant is expanding next door (above Chloe 81). It applied for an on-premise alteration to include this new space, connected via basement and with a separate entrance. There will be additional seating and a new bar. Due to several 311 complaints for this bar, CB3 muscled the applicant into agreeing to including a sign in the window about who to call for noise issues. The new room at 81 Ludlow was approved.

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