Clayton’s Corner: Rivington’s Falafel Guys Fighting City to Survive
Everything about this infraction makes no sense other than making it as difficult as possible to run a successful small LES business. What is the point? Where is fairness? Justice? Is this right? Is it racist? What is the point?
Good neighbors, small businesses that provided a needed service in the area, is what makes a community a community. What I am completely baffled by is how the LES was the place where so many of the important American radical progressive social changes took hold – unions, tenant rights, workers rights, and so many other human rights were given birth in this community.
Now it’s the clubby nightlife. Everyone knows that the over-saturation of bars is not good for the community quality of life. It was so obvious right from the beginning that this liquor license madness was going to lead to Hell Square.
Take the different clubs that have been at the end of my block. Across the street from a school. Full liquor license. Then came the shootings, stabbings, strip club, bottle club, and other kinds of illegal activities. One night Lincoln Anderson (of The Villager) and I witnessed an angry man come out of the club, and full-on punch people in the face then off into the night in a cab. And so much more.
So why give preference to nightlife, while making it difficult for a small community-based business to get up and running.