Community Board 2

‘Pinky Swear’ the New Kid on the Bowery Block

Posted May 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

The thick of a pandemic might not be the best time to open a new bar on the Bowery, but such is life. To that end, the former home of Pearl & Ash at 220 Bowery might soon reanimate after three years of vacancy. Something called Pinky Swear. The applicant appeared (virtually) before Community Board […]

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SoHo Curbs City Council Open Streets Program

Last modified May 8, 2020 at 12:43 pm

City Council is looking ahead to a warm-weather future when Downtown starts to reopen and the pent-up energy of residents jumpstarts the streets. Hence, the reasoning behind Councilmember Carlina Rivera’s “Safe Open Streets” legislation, which aimed to create 75 miles of pedestrian plazas and protected bike lanes in all five boroughs to promote and create […]

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City Postpones Hearing Zoning Amendment for New Cleveland Place Development

Last modified March 4, 2020 at 10:28 am

The city postponed its review of a controversial proposal to amend zoning in Little Italy to accommodate construction on Cleveland Place. The application was initially scheduled as part of the City Planning Commission review session today, but no longer appears on the agenda. Nevertheless, the planned Community Board 2 meeting on the subject is still […]

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Big Apple Removed from Atop Prince Street as Bumble Dating App Readies New ‘Brew’ Bar

Last modified January 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

[Updated below] Nearly two years after Miss Paradis announced “renovations” and shut down altogether, its token rooftop apple is gone. The enormous fruit atop 47 Prince Street came down shortly before the holidays in anticipation of Bumble Brew, the dating app’s foray into nightlife. Team Charlie Bird (i.e. Delicious Hospitality) is behind this corporate collaboration, […]

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La Pecora Bianca to Open Another Outpost at Former Delicatessen Space on Prince Street

Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

Delicatessen shuttered suddenly last month after eleven years in Little Italy. However, its demise is actually months in the making, and with a big-name takeover on the way, to boot. The 2,000 square-foot corner space at 265 Lafayette (aka 54 Prince) is to become the third Manhattan outpost of La Pecora Bianca. And renovations are […]

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Cafe Gitane Head Eyes Long-Dormant 264 Bowery Store

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

The notorious commercial space at 264 Bowery is finally back in play after five years of dormancy. The only action at this spot in the interim was a steady stream of real estate listings pimping the doomed space. (Most hovered around $18K.) Yet now it looks like there is a taker. Luc Levy, principal behind […]

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Venezuelan ‘Areppas’ Chain Eyes Cleveland Place in Little Italy

Posted August 27, 2019 at 5:07 am

A Venezuelan cafe that debuted in Midtown East two years ago is now headed to Little Italy. Areppas (stylized with two P’s) is currently eyeing the vacated retail storefront at 25 Cleveland Place, an address that spent two years as an outpost of PokéSpot. As you might surmise, the fast-casual establishment offers an array of arepas. […]

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Charlie Bird Sommelier Eyes Prince Street for New Venture

Posted June 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

Almost a year and a half after Miss Paradis declared renovations and shut down altogether, another applicant for 47 Prince Street. This time, one with much local clout. Public records indicate that Charlie Bird sommelier Grant Reynolds is on tap to bring a new establishment to the northwest corner of Mulberry Street. The requisite notices […]

If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts. The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in […]

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Chaotic SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Meeting Leaves Locals Guessing

Last modified February 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer together just launched a plan to examine the unique zoning of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. Be afraid; real estate speculation can’t be too far behind. The official mission statement of this politically-charged endeavor expresses how the process is meant to “examine key land […]

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