Community Board 3

Seward Park Basketball Courts Hamstrung by ‘Absentee’ Contractor

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

Area youth will need to wait another couple months to play ball inside Seward Park. The current resurfacing job underway the last couple months is behind schedule. Until yesterday, there had been almost no activity in the rear corner of the park for at least two weeks. The big boys came to play yesterday, though, […]

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CB3 Votes to Deny Epstein’s Bar Revival and Shah’s Clubby Mexican Spot ‘Dos Cientos’

Posted May 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

The room was packed to the gills, hot, and without proper ventilation. Typical circumstances for a late-night Community Board 3 meeting of the SLA subcommittee. This one dragged well into the wee hours of the night. Fireworks didn’t happen until late. The potential revival of Epstein’s Bar was one of the marquee applications of the […]

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In Revival of Epstein’s Bar, Neighbors Fear another Hoodwink

Last modified May 15, 2017 at 6:58 am

Something fishy is going on over at the vacant Epstein’s Bar on Stanton Street. On the face, it appears only that the proprietor of 310 Bowery Bar is looking to take over operations here. Dig a little deeper, and something doesn’t add up. Let’s back up first. Recall that the ouster of Epstein’s Bar from […]

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The Lower East Side Partnership Wants to Create a ‘Pedestrian Plaza’ Alongside Straus Square

Posted May 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

Another land grab afoot? Straus Square, the concrete island memorial at the confluence of Canal, Rutgers, and East Broadway, is now in the crosshairs of the Lower East Side Partnership. It appears the business improvement district hopes to install another pedestrian plaza on the eastern terminus of Canal Street, near the entrance to Seward Park. […]

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Sons of Essex Owners Vying for Multilevel Mexican Clubstaurant at Former Preserve 24 Space 

Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the three years since Preserve 24 failed in epic fashion, the multilevel retail space at 200 Allen Street (aka 177 East Houston) has been shopped around for the next potential nightspot. Elements of One and One, the Late Late, and Upstate each considered, albeit separately, taking a pass at planting a business here. All […]

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With Pizza-Speakeasy at 1 Ludlow Street Canceled, Popular Village Bistro ‘Mimi’ Signs on

Posted April 27, 2017 at 5:15 am

Those grand plans to install a pizzeria and basement speakeasy at the three-pointed 1 Ludlow Street totally tanked. But that’s obvious. Partially built out, this unique address was to become Ludlow Inn and Three Points, with both Numero 28 principals and Shingo Gokan respectively on tap. Word on the street is that there was allegedly some […]

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Rumor: ‘Mini Rex’ Dry Karaoke Concept Banking on CB3 for Re-vote at Tonight’s Meeting

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

For Mini Rex, the struggle to establish a “dry karaoke” bar on Ludlow Street continues. Despite defeat. You’ll recall that the concept, co-founded by Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai, includes conjoined venues that would include separate entrances for sober and drinking patrons. Different wrist stamps for each side, but booze could be consumed in all the […]

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More on the Clinton Street Collision that Injured a Crossing Pedestrian

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

A man crossing Clinton Street Friday evening was reportedly struck by a car in the crosswalk at Henry Street. When we initially broke the story, the initial dispatch from the scene was that a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck. However, an eyewitness who saw the incident unfold “in real time” refuted the claim, and […]

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Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]

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Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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