Community Board 3

Frustration Mounts Over Another Pier 35 Delay and Incomplete ‘Rutgers Pavilion’

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

The fact that Pier 35 and the adjacent Package 4 of the waterfront are not complete at this juncture is a total joke. Both components of the overall waterfront plan are way past due date, angering locals who are tired of constant setbacks and pitfalls. The new, revised, updated, pushed-back date is now pegged for […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified June 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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Denied by Community, ‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Heads to SLA for Ludlow Street Liquor License

Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:13 am

Leftfield on Ludlow Street remains committed to its own sale, while the leading contender for takeover is the convoluted “dry karaoke” establishment we’ve been telling you about called Mini Rex. The proposed bar is taking its application all the way to the top, despite its negative reception from the community at large. (Co-founded by Edouard […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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Rabbi Proposes Demolition of Torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s not looking good for the once illustrious Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Mendel Greenbaum, rabbi of the fire-ravaged house of worship, filed an application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to demolish the centuries-old structure. There had been plans in the immediate aftermath of the three-alarm blaze, intentionally set by a 14-year-old boy, to potentially rehabilitate the synagogue. […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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Long-Delayed Pier 35 Park Now Sports Some Major Heft

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

Took ’em long enough, but it appears the severely delayed Pier 35 project is finally back on track. That curved structure you see rising along the perimter is part of the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the Department of Sanitation-operated pier next door. It’s also one of the primary hurdles that […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Boulton & Watt Team Eyes Purchase of Shamlian’s Hell Square Empire

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Most anything related to Hell Square nightlife these days is usually bad news, newcomers or otherwise. Now, it appears three of the most problematic establishments are again being pitched in a manner befitting a fire sale. Controversial owner Rob Shamlian is again seeking buyers for his trio of Hell Square hot-spots – Fat Baby, Spitzer’s […]

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Nightlife Saturation in Hell Square is Toxic to Quality of Life and Spurs Crime, New Study Finds

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

The LES Dwellers Block Association yesterday released a new study on Hell Square nightlife and its deleterious effects on the local populace. At the behest of the activists, graduate students at the Hunter College urban development workshop (URBG790) investigated the crime and safety situation as it relates to liquor over-saturation. The study reveals much of […]

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