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State Suspends Dudley’s Liquor License Over Sidewalk Dining Enclosures

Posted January 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

The State Liquor Authority wielded its hammer last weekend, summarily suspending the liquor license of Dudley’s on Orchard Street. At issue was the sprawling street eatery constructed by the business, which wraps the corner of Broome Street. Inspectors paid a visit on January 15, and witnessed forty-five patrons “dining within inside enclosures located on the […]

Clayton’s Corner: Overthrow the Wrong Way

Posted January 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, photographer Clayton Patterson shares news that the Overthrow boxing gym on Bleecker Street is back in action. Then, crosstown on Essex Street, two cops stopped for a quick slice. However, flouting traffic by driving the wrong way to park in front of Champion Pizza. This move seemed to irk […]

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How COVID and a Bus Stop Chased Benson’s from Essex Street

Last modified January 25, 2021 at 3:03 pm

The following guest post was penned by Boogie reader Sydney Fishman. For five years, Benson’s held down the corner of East Houston and Essex Streets with craft beers, sumptuous burgers, and the occasional movie night. The movie nights, according to owner Annie Morton, were the highlight of Benson’s tenure on the Lower East Side. Before […]

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Eighteen Groups Sign Open Letter Demanding Transparency over CB3 Removal of Committee Chairs

Last modified January 20, 2021 at 7:49 am

Eighteen community groups within Community Board 3 on the Lower East Side this week co-signed an open letter to city and state officials urging inquiry into the removal of Alexandra Militano and Carolyn Ratcliffe as chairs of the SLA and Arts & Culture subcommittees, respectively. The shakeup, apparently inspired by a stated “new direction” for […]

Bluestockings Bookstore Leans on Supporters to Survive Pandemic Winter and Open on Suffolk Street

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:13 am

Bluestockings Bookstore announced last week that its three-months-running crowdfunding campaign was a success, allowing the Lower East Side literary stalwart to realize its relocation. Over the summer, the first such fundraiser helped the so-called feminist bookstore foot the bill for the lease on 116 Suffolk Street after a pandemic rent hike at the original spot. […]

Resignations from CB3 After Controversial Committee Shakeup [Updated]

Last modified January 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

The big news coming from Community Board 3 last night was not the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting, rather the resignation of two of its ilk. As previously reported, the Board Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano from her role as committee chair the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]

Landlord Jumps in for Liquor License After Pizza Beach Closure [Updated]

Last modified January 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Pizza Beach is cooked, for sure. The five-year-old eatery dismantled its sidewalk structure and packed up the dining room earlier this month. Not to return. And there is already a replacement, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. The landlord, Sherr Equities (Orchard Flavor Partners) plans to open a nightlife establishment here. Update: […]

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Sticky Rice Outdoor Dining Foiled by Orchard Street Bike Rack

Posted January 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

Sticky Rice is stuck between a rack and an empty place. Bike rack, that is. Thanks to the sprawling, Department of Transportation issued bike corral at its doorstep, the fourteen-year-old Thai restaurant is unable to erect any dedicated structure to accommodate larger-scale outdoor seating. Like the one next door at Dudley’s. (There are currently two […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Parkside is headed upstairs. Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables. Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons. “It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the […]

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