Under Fire for Illegal Backyard, Sixth Ward Removes Glass Enclosure

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 at 9:35 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The Sixth Ward on Orchard Street remains under fire for occupancy and egress issues concerning its illegal 90-seat backyard. From all angles, too. The Department of Buildings, State Liquor Authority, and Community Board 3 are reportedly applying pressure to force compliance. And now it appears the establishment is starting to buckle.

Last week, the seven-year-old neighborhood nuisance fully dismantled its controversial rear enclosure/billiards room. Digital projector and audio system were also removed from the housing. This action was essentially admission of violation. It follows two months after the Sixth Ward detached roughly 30% of the roof glass from the glasshouse to address the blocked residential fire escape.

This image has been archived or removed.

However, the establishment still intends to utilize the now-unenclosed space. Yup. This elevated platform contributes approximately 275 square-feet of additional backyard real estate to host more tables and seating (including non-fireproof banquettes). And the furniture is already in place.

Any usage of this back patio should be moot, though, considering there isn’t even a valid Certificate of Occupancy on record (expired 2007), nor a public assembly permit. This address has actually been denied such permits by the DOB 3 times – 2001, 2007, 2013. Ergo, maximum patrons allowed to gather in the establishment (including yard, if permitted) is only 74.

This image has been archived or removed.

Not to mention, the yard itself is a death trap with no secondary egress for emergencies. Though there once was an exit into the alley that runs along the north side of the building. This was sealed for use as an entrance to the apartments above American Apparel.

The Sixth Ward will face off against CB3 tonight in an attempt to renew its license; this was a reversal by the committee who previously thought public forum wasn’t necessary for this applicant. Of course, the board’s position is strictly advisory…

Recent Stories

Moxy on the Bowery is Still Happening, After All

Nearly three years later, the Moxy Hotel planned for 151 Bowery appears on pause. But its parent company, Marriott, is betting that this property, among others, will help shepherd in the rebound. A neighbor who lives nearby noticed that construction was halted at the beginning of the year, with little movement since. At the time, materials […]

Here’s the Glassy 12-Story Newcomer Headed to Ludlow Street

The halo of Essex Crossing continues to upscale the composition of the adjacent blocks. Towers just keep rising. And another is planned for a former produce wholesaler on Ludlow Street. While construction permits were filed one year ago for 89-91 Ludlow, only now is the proposed design available for public consumption. The glassy newcomer is […]

The Slipper Room to Reopen for Variety Shows April 23

With city and state restrictions on venues gradually relaxing, performance venues are trickling back to life. Here on the Lower East Side, the latest to resume its nighttime entertainment is the Slipper Room. The self-proclaimed “Palace of Variety” announced its return to the fray with variety shows starting April 23. It’s been a yearlong slumber […]

Asian Woman Attacked in Grand Street Bodega After Asking Man to Wear a Mask

Another anti-Asian attack to report on the Lower East Side. An Asian woman shopping in a Grand Street bodega was attacked after asking a man to wear a mask while inside, cops said yesterday. Tuesday evening, a 39-year-old shopper inside the Heng Yun Grocery at 329 Grand Street (near Orchard) asked one Carlos Mackey, 35, […]

New Renderings for Long-Stalled Delancey Street Condo

The 12-story “boutique condo” at the corner of Delancey and Pitt Streets – in the works for nine years already – dropped its marketing materials this week. It’s pitched as a “one-of-a-kind-building,” but doesn’t mention proximity to the Williamsburg Bridge span. As in, right across the street. The teaser website went live earlier this week, […]