No Vote: Essex Street Residents Don’t Want Another Bar Along Seward Park
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Not everyone out there is stoked to vote for Pedro.
A group of outspoken residents along the perimeter of Seward Park (part of the SPaCE block association) have begun a grassroots campaign against the new Mexican joint planned for 17 Essex Street. As previously reported, an applicant called Vote for Pedro is gunning to open with full liquor and 4am closing times.
This is not sitting well with the neighbors, especially considering the presence of three other bars within two blocks – Clockwork, Beverlys, and Old Man Hustle. Many fear that, if unchecked, this former hub of Judaica will just become another extension of Hell Square.
Flyers were littered around the vicinity this weekend ahead of tonight’s Community Board 3 meeting of the SLA subcommittee. The message is simple – no more bars for Essex Street. This one in particular at 17 Essex Street even has a sense of humor, alerting the owner that there is a $1,500 fine for removing the sign.
The fight against over-saturation down here is certainly admirable, but likely futile.