Community Board 3

‘Spitzer’s Corner’ Closes for Renovations

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:05 am

For the first time in a long time, the southeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets is relatively quiet. Ten-year-old Spitzer’s Corner closed this week for a slight makeover. Signs announcing the onsite renovations appear in the doorway of the establishment. This is an expected development. As previously reported, hated Hell Square operator Rob Shamlian is […]

Filed Under

‘La Caverna’ Nightclub Heads to SLA for its Multilevel Expansion on Rivington Street

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

When La Caverna first proposed its concept for Rivington Street in 2002, it was presented as an Italian restaurant. In fact, it was a bait-and-switch club that still has some Lower East Side residents are still coping. Now ownership hopes to expand La Caverna with a multilevel experience. Fooled once, yes. Not again. Fifteen years […]

Filed Under

Chad Marlow Resigns from CB3 After Removal from Committee Chair Position Over Liquor Density Fight

Posted January 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

Newly appointed Community Board 3 chair Alysha Lewis Coleman stepped into controversy last week when she reportedly sacked member Chad Marlow from his post as Transportation committee chair, a seat he’s held for little more than a year and a half. And today he is completely resigning from the advisory board. The major bone of […]

Filed Under

Epstein’s Bar Returned to Hell Square this Weekend After 2-Year Hiatus

Posted January 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Epstein’s Bar fought for its survival; now its revival is here. The nightspot reopened to the public on Friday night. More than two years after aborting operations at the northeast corner of Stanton and Allen Streets – for neighbors, a welcome relief – the longtime watering hole is finally back on track. The interim period was apparently […]

Filed Under

Jamie Rogers Steps Down as CB3 Chair to Avoid Conflict of Interest

Posted January 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

To avoid any conflict of interest, the chair of Community Board 3 stepped down. The now-former chairman Jamie Rogers officially relinquished his role on December 31, announcing to the advisory body that he would not run for re-election. This action was expected, though, as Rogers’ wife, Carlina Rivera, was elected to represent District 2 as […]

Developers of Senior Housing at Synagogue Site Admit Surprise by Mayor’s Rivington House Renege

Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:13 am

On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio shocked the community when he reneged on the year-old promise to bring affordable senior housing and health care facility to 30 Pike Street. This project on a city-owned parcel (currently for Department of Environmental Protection) was supposed to have been an olive branch after screwing the Lower East Side out of […]

Filed Under

Wassail Cider Bar Closes Down After Less Than 3 Years on Orchard Street

Posted January 3, 2018 at 9:43 am

Wassail, considered the first cider-centric bar in New York City, folded before the turn of the New Year. Its final day on Orchard Street was this past Saturday night (December 30), a few months shy of the third anniversary. Ownership took to Facebook for the announcement, noting with a somber quip that “it will be […]

Filed Under

Izakaya Owner Opening New Japanese Restaurant in the Old ‘Soy’ Space on Suffolk Street

Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:12 am

Popular Japanese eatery, Soy, departed the Lower East Side last May after fifteen years in business. Their shoebox storefront has since remained a shrine of sorts, bereft of activity. Until now. Another of its ilk seeks to open shop here. Application materials submitted to Community Board 3 indicate that a new Japanese restaurant is on […]

Filed Under

Developers File for Pedestrian Tunnels Connecting 3 Essex Crossing Buildings

Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

During cold snaps like this week, the thought of an underground passage is enticing. So, it’s only fitting that Essex Crossing is currently petitioning the city for a pair of subterranean passageways connecting the new developments. Developers behind the three buildings benefiting from the Market Line recently applied for revocable consent from the Department of […]

Filed Under

Yopparai Owners to Open ‘Ronin Stones’ at 69 Clinton Street

Posted December 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

With the acclaimed Yopparai and Azasu under the collective belt, so to speak, ownership is expanding its area reach to include another. Their newest venture will complete the trifecta, all within a couple blocks. Dubbed Ronin Stones – an apparent homage to the British Invasion band – the Japanese restaurant is to be takeout only, […]

Filed Under