Community Board 3

Bar Belly Expands Next Door with ‘Carlotta’

Posted February 8, 2021 at 5:06 am

Bar Belly, the three-year-old nightspot on lower Orchard Street, just annexed the space next door. Principals Tommy Mendes and Mauricio Garrett are poised to open a new 44-seat eatery called Carlotta. According to application materials submitted to Community Board 3, the team seeks a full liquor license for the establishment. The food focus is on […]

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Deadline Extended for NYC Community Board Applications

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:09 am

It’s that time of year again. Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now available for submission, and this year, the deadline has been extended into late February. The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine of New Yorkers is looking for some new blood. Each Community Board has fifty seats, filled for two-year terms, and ultimately selected by […]

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One Year After the Fire, Anxiously Awaiting Future of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted January 29, 2021 at 5:01 am

A year ago last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street, the former school that housed five Chinatown nonprofit organizations. Nonetheless: questions, anxiety, and doubt regarding its future still linger. On January 23, 2020, as Chinatown prepared to ring in the Year of The Rat and families sitting down for […]

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‘Uchu’ Michelin Chef Samuel Clonts Headed to Clinton Street

Posted January 28, 2021 at 5:03 am

The restaurants along Clinton Street are upscaling to match the transition to luxury living. Case in point, the new concept on the way from Michelin-starred chef Samuel Clonts. Clonts, whose Uchu eatery on Eldridge Street draws consistent praise, is poised to open something new inside the vacated Speedy Romeo pizzeria with partner Raymond Trinh. It’s […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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Mutiny in CB3 as Longtime SLA Chair Sacked in Favor of ‘New Direction’

Last modified January 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Dysfunction and chaos defined the holiday at Community Board 3, where sudden leadership changes were implemented. Specifically, Board Chair Alysha Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano, the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as replacement. Reason provided was to “facilitate the committee moving in ‘another direction.’” Five fellow members of the committee […]

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Massive ‘Ainslie’ Offshoot Planned for Tao’s old Bowery Spot

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:02 am

Ainslie is headed across the East River to the Bowery. The expansive Italian restaurant, which opened in Williamsburg last year, has eyes for the Vandal. 199 Bowery, that is. (The latter nightclub shuttered over the summer, succumbing to the pandemic.) Ainslie is owned by Sergio Riva, Mario Riva, and AJ Bontempo, who together seek a […]

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