Community Board 3

‘Sleep No More’ Producer Angling to Open Nightclub on Chrystie Street

Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

A producer of Sleep No More hopes to open a new nightclub on the Lower East Side. The as-yet-unnamed venue is a partnership between Arthur Karpati and Christopher Brooks, with a proposed location of 191 Chrystie Street, which, for the last few years, hosted the et al club. Application materials on file with Community Board […]

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LES Partnership Again Encroaches on CB3 Liquor Committee

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

For the second time in as many years, the question is posed, though the conditions on the ground are vastly different. Should local business improvement districts possess administrative input in the liquor license process? The Lower East Side Partnership briefly appeared on the Community Board 3 docket this month regarding a proposal to assist in “OP […]

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In Controversial Move, City Files Plans to Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

While the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and mayor’s office continued an apparent charade of “community engagement” at Community Board 3, the city quietly filed plans with Department of Buildings to demolish the PS23 facility at 70 Mulberry Street. Even though some Chinatown residents believe a full demolition would yield a swanky new building within […]

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Aerial Photos Call into Question City’s Decision to Fully Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 1, 2020 at 5:08 am

On the evening of January 23, as Chinatown residents prepared for the Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire decimated the former PS23 at 70 Mulberry Street. Nearly five months later, many in the neighborhood continue to question the city’s choice to fully demolish the facility. Especially after the emergence of aerial photos showing the […]

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Displaced Tenants of 70 Mulberry Street Issue Statement on Demolition and Redevelopment

Posted May 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

In the wake of a divisive Community Board 3 meeting, in which preservationists were pitted against a desire for return, the displaced tenants of 70 Mulberry Street came together yesterday and issued a joint statement about shared priorities moving forward. Many in the Chinatown community feel that the city, owner of the fire-scorched former school […]

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The City is Demolishing 70 Mulberry Street without Chinatown Input

Last modified May 26, 2020 at 6:50 am

Four months after a devastating five-alarm fire, it seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball. The Department of Buikdings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services together Plan full demolition, without community input. Roughly a dozen concerned Chinatown residents “attended” the Community Board 3 Land Use committee meeting last […]

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Additional ‘Open Streets’ Considered for the Lower East Side

Last modified May 12, 2020 at 7:13 am

More “Open Streets” are coming to the Lower East Side. The city’s bold initiative to trade traffic for safe pedestrian space is well underway. The goal is to reach one hundred miles of open roadbed to promote responsible activity and social distancing. Here on the Lower East Side, the streets of Hell Square made the […]

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Owner of Incomplete Allen Street Hotel to Take Over Sago Hotel Next Door

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

The owner of a decade-old, yet incomplete Hell Square hotel is poised to take over the competition next door. The Sago Hotel, which debuted on the block four years ago, has the proverbial target on its back. Owner of the long-delayed Allen Street Hotel (aka The Allen), Morad Kalimian, submitted an application with Community Board […]

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Scarr’s Pizza Looks to Open Larger Location on Orchard Street

Posted March 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

It appears Scarr’s Pizza is on the move. But don’t worry, it’s staying on the block. On the heels of news about a Scarr’s stall in a forthcoming midtown food hall comes word of another expansion. Owner Scarr Pimentel is apparently moving his eponymous pizza parlor up the street to 35 Orchard (aka 34 Allen) […]

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Irving Farm to Close its Orchard Street Coffee Shop

Posted February 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Irving Farm Coffee is leaving the Lower East Side. The neighborhood shop – located at 88 Orchard Street – will close in the coming weeks. Thus capping a seven-year stint on the so-called museum block. But the storefront will stay a coffee shop in the future. Irving Farm confirmed this news, and noted that a […]

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