Neighbors Fume Over Noise from Momofuku Buildout on Extra Place

Posted on: October 7th, 2014 at 5:39 am by
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It’s already been a year since word first dropped that Momofuku Ko was moving to Extra Place. Chef-owner David Chang was interested in a relocation mainly because the current East Village space is “too small.” They also like the appeal of 4-8 Extra Place being “off the beaten path.” But build-out has been slow as hell.

And while foodie folk might be rejoicing at the prospect of larger digs, neighbors aren’t thrilled with the months-long construction. These NIMBY flyers were pasted to every access point at 4-8 Extra Place, warning the Momofuku clan that after-hours work won’t be tolerated.

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The hours allowed to work with any noise in this premises are 9am – 5pm. Last week, those hours weren’t respected many times and the management of the building was notified. A camera was installed in the apartment and is registering time and sounds. ANY noise made outside the hours above, the police and the NYC Buildings Department will be notified immediately and you will be subjected to fines and even revoking of work permit.

The stern letter is a bit ambiguous, though. There aren’t any dates referenced, and, for the record, an after-hours variance is only needed if work falls outside the 7am-6pm schedule (and weekends). Momofuku has a Saturday variance for work on this property between the stated hours of 9am and 5pm (reportedly needed for “tile work and painting”).

Meanwhile, the full liquor license is still pending with the State Liquor Authority.

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