‘La Caverna’ Nightclub Heads to SLA for its Multilevel Expansion on Rivington Street

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

When La Caverna first proposed its concept for Rivington Street in 2002, it was presented as an Italian restaurant. In fact, it was a bait-and-switch club that still has some Lower East Side residents are still coping.

Now ownership hopes to expand La Caverna with a multilevel experience. Fooled once, yes. Not again.

Fifteen years after its founding, ownership proposes proposed an expansion of its nightclub into the ground floor and mezzanine space above, plus 4am all days. The principals admitted to Community Board 3 in November that they wanted to get back to their roots of an “Italian American” restaurant, which was allegedly the initial intent. My, how far they have strayed. The fact of the matter is that that concept barely happened (if at all) in the ensuing years, and instead devolved into an unwieldy nightclub. The advisory body denied, strongly opposing a purportedly disingenuous operator to nab an enormous unlicensed space, while doubling in size and adding a capacity of more than 330 people. (They would need to change the existing Use from Group 6 “Offices” to Group 12 “Cabaret.”)

As often happens, ownership instead went directly to the State Liquor Authority with the aim of circumventing the community. La Caverna is on the docket for the hearing tomorrow.

Community activists, meanwhile, have been scrambling to fight this application from going through. The LES Dwellers and Suffolk Street Block Association are together spearheading the movement, and asking anyone affected by the bar to send letters and head uptown to testify.

Is there public benefit for the growth of La Caverna?

The SLA will weigh in, but honestly, there is already precedent here. The state just denied Dos Cientos three blocks to the north largely based on over-saturation. Will they do the same here?

Recent Stories

Franz Ferdinand Kicked their Way through a Sold Out Brooklyn Steel [REVIEW]

When Franz Ferdinand graced Brooklyn Steel for the second of a sold out two-night run – supporting its latest long player Always Ascending – it was an all out four-on-the-floor dance party. Literally kicking its way through a powerful set of new cuts and old favorites. The year-old rock venue met its capacity Monday night, front […]

Community Advocates Meet with Slate Property Group to Discuss Rivington House

Neighbors to Save Rivington House, a grassroots community organization formed in response to the facility’s sale (and resultant scandal) two years ago, recently met with the Slate Property Group to discuss its future in the neighborhood. Kathleen Webster, the group’s leader who also heads up the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, recapped the meeting with […]

Forsyth Street Plaza Wins American Council of Engineering Award Despite Persistent Project Delays

The Forsyth Street Plaza, still sealed and at least four years behind schedule, was recognized last week by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York with an award for engineering excellence. The organization presented the city with a “Platinum Award” in the Transportation category. Despite the engineering achievement and press, though, the pocket park […]

Splitsville Splits with Essex Crossing, Brooklyn’s ‘Gutter’ is the New Bowling Alley

Three years after Splitsville Lanes was selected for a basement bowling alley at Essex Crossing, the luxury bowling concept hit the proverbial gutter and nixed those plans. In its place, the Brooklyn-based alley dubbed The Gutter. The Gutter, with locations in Williamsburg and Long Island City, was approached by Essex Crossing developers for Site 1 […]

Bare Walls? Don’t Worry, an Inclusive Art Oasis Awaits Just Across Town [Sponsor]

Ever felt like the odd one out at a gallery or art fair? Superfine! NYC is the fair that’s designed for you. A sleeker, chic-er, more fun way to collect art, Superfine! touches down for the second year in a row in the Meatpacking District from May 2-6. Expect more than 2,000 original pieces priced […]