Community Board 2

CB2 Rejects ‘Mayor’s SoHo Rezoning Plan’ with Scathing Resolution

Last modified July 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Last night, Community Board 2 overwhelmingly voted to reject what it called the “Mayor’s Plan” to rezone “SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown.” In a bold lead statement, CB2’s SoHo NoHo Working Group released a resolution that rejected the rezoning proposal as follows: “The proposed SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown rezoning fails to achieve affordable housing goals and […]

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Botanica Bar Looks to Annex Adjacent Vacant Lot

Posted May 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The long-fallow lot wedged between Milano’s Bar and Botanica might soon reactivate. Indeed, the latter watering hole seeks to annex the space for outdoor dining and drinking. Application materials submitted to Community Board 2 reveal that owner Mark Connell is planning to use the vacant square-footage to accommodate seating for about 44 patrons. The goal […]

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Bleecker Street Bar Plots Comeback with Upscale Broadway Reboot

Posted January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Four months after Bleecker Street Bar closed down for good, an unexpected twist. Ownership now plans an upscale comeback just a couple blocks away. The thirty-year-old NoHo dive was forced from its namesake street at the end of August due to pandemic-related restrictions and an apparent impasse over rent. But Bleecker Street Bar found a […]

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Controversial Developer Tries Again with New 6-Story Condo Beside Merchant’s House Museum

Posted December 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

With its hotel proposal nixed by the city, the defeated developer is planning something else next to the Merchant’s House Museum, and the latter is worried anew. Kalodop II Park Corp., the owner-developer which has spent the last decade fighting for the development of 27 East 4th Street, now proposes something new altogether. A six-story […]

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Schaller & Weber Planning New Restaurant on Cleveland Place

Last modified December 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

Schaller & Weber, the butcher-cum-eatery founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, hopes to impart a new bar-restaurant entity on Cleveland Place in Little Italy. Principal and third-generation owner of the original, Jeremy Schaller, is on the Community Board 2 docket this evening to apply for a […]

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Upside Pizza Heads to Little Italy, Replacing Pomodoro on Spring Street

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Out with the old style, in with the new. Pomodoro Pizzeria, which shuttered at the outset of the pandemic, is to be replaced by the popular midtown slice shop, Upside Pizza. Founder Noam Grossman and partners Eli and Oren Halali (behind 2 Brothers and Taqueria Diana) together submitted an application to Community Board 2 for […]

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SoHo/NoHo Rezoning – Rotten from the Core [OP-ED]

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos and Lynn Ellsworth of Human-Scale NYC. In January 2019 the Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a series of public meetings with the thinly veiled goal of rezoning the adjoining, historic neighborhoods of SoHo and NoHo. To say it […]

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‘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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