CB3 Denies The Derby Alteration and Epstein’s 2-Floor Expansion

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 at 9:18 am by

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Two items of note from last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting. Both applicants are actually on the same block in Hell Square – Epstein’s Bar and The Derby.

Let’s start with Rob Shamlian and The Derby at 167 Orchard Street. You may be asking yourself why he’s back in the saddle, asking one more time for a basement alteration after being denied by the committee last month (and by the SLA). And it would be a fair question. Well, the full board voted to overturn the motion and send the item back to the granular level for “reconsideration.” Last night was the rematch, so to speak … and the same group sent him packing yet again. We’ll see if the full board decides to act the same.

Epstein’s Bar was on the agenda this month after withdrawing its application in May. The bro bar at the northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets has grand plans to annex the two floors above. The second level would be for “dining” (last month it was for a speakeasy), while the third floor calls for an event space. The SLA committee threw a wrench into their plans, though, and ultimately denied the application.

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The Derby replaces Tiny Fork on Orchard St.

What clinched denials for both applicants was the joint opposition by the LES Dwellers and the Rafael Hernandez Houses across the way at 189 Allen Street. Dwellers delivered their part with the help of visuals that included quotes and factoids about the bars. For instance, that Rob Shamlian’s seven Lower East Side establishments have reportedly amassed some 52 violations totaling $102,500. Felicia Gordon, President of the Tenant Association, and other tenants, added fuel to the fire. They spoke up about their rights to quality of life for residents here.

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