‘Cock’ Fight at CB3 Over Rivington Street Club

Posted on: May 12th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

The Cock fight appears to be heating up.

A large, vocal contingent of Hell Square residents is diametrically opposed to the bar moving into the former home of Fat Baby on Rivington Street. At issue is the business itself, which has come under fire in recent years from Second Avenue residents for being an unruly neighbor. Not to mention dangerous – there was apparently a slashing out front in January 2020 (police also found go-go dancers inside and issued summonses for sexual exposure).

Owner Allan Mannarelli is scheduled to appear before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 tonight regarding the removal of the liquor license from 93 Second Avenue. But the application comes with checkered history.

Back in February, Mannarelli applied to change the Cock’s method of operation to that of a nightclub with live music and dancing. The state issued a vehement denial before the CB3 approval recommendation could be considered. Mannerelli then returned a month later; and because CB3 approved, SLA was forced to reconsider, ultimately ending in a reversal of the initial judgment. This resulted in severe admonishment from Chairman Bradley and General Counsel Gary Meryhoff. Namely, that any blame and responsibility is on CB3 for future problems at the Cock.

Hell Square watchdogs, Lower East Side Dwellers, are quick to point out that the removal request is still subject to the 500-foot rule in the target spot. And there are certainly enough licenses nearby to trigger – thirty OP licenses (including hotel and social club with multiple floors licensed) and two pending OP licenses within 500 feet.

“Tonight CB3 has an opportunity to right the ship,” Dwellers founder Diem Boyd said in a statement. “Community Boards should not be in the business of rewarding bad operators but hold bad operators to the full extent of the law.”

Moreover, the group notes that, in a meeting with the residents via Zoom on April 25, Mannarelli offered to not seek approval from the SLA in the event of a full board denial of his petition of removal.

We’ll keep you posted. 

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