Why Doesn’t CB3 Want to Talk About the Comprehensive Alcohol Outlet Density Resolution?

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 at 9:44 am by

Pianos at peak crowding, June 2015

For a community board whose district is overrun with liquor licenses and quality-of-life fallout, it’s somewhat striking why its leaders wouldn’t stand behind a draft resolution that attacks the issue head-on. Nevertheless, that appears to be the state of affairs at Community Board 3; same old, same, old.

At stake is a resolution that the Transportation subcommittee had been drafting since this past September (below) that explored the adverse public health effects of bar density on the Lower East Side. Its creation, and a possible vote on the matter next month, apparently caused controversy within the ranks, and eventually led newly-minted CB3 Chair Alysha Lewis Coleman to remove Chad Marlow from his year-and-a-half-old position.

Last night, 24 hours after Marlow resigned Community Board 3 altogether, the full board convened for its monthly meeting. It was in this forum that the report on “alcohol outlet density” was pretty much tabled by chair successor David Crane. When asked by fellow member Karlin Chan why the resolution is not on the February agenda for discussion, Crane responded that it was never a “project of the committee” nor on the “agenda of the committee” … even though it was back in September.

Moreover, Alysha Lewis Coleman wasn’t too forthcoming over the reasoning behind Marlow’s ouster.

In response to the apparent bungling, Chan also resigned his post in the Transportation committee shortly after the meeting.

CB3 Alcohol Outlet Density Resolution by BoweryBoogie on Scribd

Recent Stories

Pickle Guys to Close Next Week, Hope to Reopen in May

Some sour news indeed for Lower East Siders: The Pickle Guys are going on hiatus. Indefinitely. The brine stalwarts of Grand Street announced the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The pickle peeps hope to return at the beginning of May. The store will remain open […]

Straphanger at East Broadway Station Chases Down Mugger to Retrieve his Wallet

Criminals are still out there, in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Especially in the largely empty subway stations. East Broadway station again lives up to its dangerous reputation with a mugging there last week. According to police, a man entered the station at Rutgers Street and East Broadway at 8:45pm on March 24 to purchase […]

These Lower East Side Bars and Restaurants are Crowdfunding for their Staff [Updating]

Definitely one of the hardest hit, New York City’s nightlife scene is suffering due to the COVID-19 shutdown. So much so, that businesses are trying everting to stay afloat. Some are successful, like Forgtmenot on Division Street, which morphed into a full-fledged grocery (“The General Store”). Under the banner of staff relief, bars and restaurants […]

Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Cofounder, Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Adam Schlesinger – whose infectious melodies with Fountains of Wayne, as well as That Thing You Do! endeared himself to a generation – died yesterday morning from complications due to coronavirus. The Emmy Award-winning songwriter was 52. His condition the day before yesterday was reported by his attorney of 25 years as “very sick and heavily […]

Daily Clap: Cheering for COVID-19 First Responders

Since last week, city dwellers confined at home have been applauding first responders in the fight against COVID-19. Each evening at 7:00pm, a citywide round of applause commences. Windows open, balconies fill, and hands emerge. Clapping – or banging pots and pans – for the tireless, selfless work of first responders on the front lines […]