CB3 Signals Approval of Parkside Lounge Rooftop Expansion

Posted on: February 25th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Parkside Lounge now has official community backing for its rooftop expansion.

Operating at the corner of East Houston and Attorney Streets since 1997, the bar is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.

To alleviate, it’s headed upstairs with a plan to add seating on the rooftop of the one-story building. Co-owner Christopher Lee previously explained that shifting the crowd there – adding roughly sixteen tables – would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons.

“It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the corner of East Houston and Attorney,” Lee told us back in early January. “Sometimes it’s just not the safest place … and if we can add some outdoor seating on the roof, then we have a much more controlled, social distant, outdoor space.”

A motion to approve the expansion did not pass Community Board 3 in January, but the application was sent back down to committee for further review. The full board approved the measure this month with strict stipulations, including closing times of 10pm each night and no sight lines into the adjacent building at 315 East Houston.

Major caveat, though. Department of Buildings also informed CB3 that Parkside Lounge is not permitted to use the roof as an extension of the restaurant, as the Certificate of Occupancy does not allow it. The agency noted that the business would need to submit a job for review requesting this change of use.

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