LES Dwellers Association

Six Years Later, Another Bar Tries to Make it Work at 106 Rivington Street

Posted July 30, 2018 at 5:13 am

Remember the clusterfuck surrounding 106 Rivington Street? Get ready for more. The sub-grade commercial space is perennially sealed behind lock and chicken wire. Or, had been. In the last few months, construction work has been underway on a new “Asian fusion” restaurant that possesses potential to rekindle another showdown with the neighborhood. It was exactly […]

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The Short-Lived Revival of Epstein’s Bar

Last modified May 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

Epstein’s Bar, resurrected from a two-year slumber back in January, lasted only a month before closing yet again. Since then, relative quiet at the corner of Allen and Stanton Streets. A printout affixed to the gated entrance continues to explain that the short-lived launch was only a “soft opening,” and that “full menu and brunch […]

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Court Dismisses Claims in No Fun’s $3M Defamation Lawsuit Against LES Dwellers

Posted May 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

Two years after No Fun filed a defamation lawsuit against the LES Dwellers block association, the results are in. The judge in the case dismissed all claims. You’ll recall that No Fun (aka Ludlow Food LLC) – the controversial nightspot located at 161 Ludlow Street – filed suit against the block association in April 2016 […]

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Outspoken Residents Battle Delancey Holiday Inn Over its Latest Nightlife Proposal

Posted March 12, 2018 at 5:04 am

Barely a year after controversial hotel operator Hank Freid deserted his rooftop nightspot at the Delancey Street Holiday Inn, another major proposal is now up for consideration. And, as before, neighbors within earshot are rising against. The Holiday Inn principals appear to have altogether abandoned a hangout for the rooftop in favor of a new […]

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What’s it Like Living or Working in Hell Square? [SURVEY]

Posted November 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s it like to live and work in Hell Square? That’s the question behind the second phase of the Hunter College graduate program study that analyzed public health and safety risk of liquor density on the Lower East Side. No, this isn’t a farce. It’s a legit effort to figure out a way to make […]

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CB3 Bristles at ‘Hell Square’ Designation in Controversial Liquor Saturation Panel

Last modified September 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Whenever the subject of liquor licenses in Hell Square is raised, conversations are heated and tempers flare. One need only attend the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting for confirmation, or, as it happens, a hearing to discuss bar saturation on the Lower East Side. Such was the case last night during the scheduled panel about “Alcohol […]

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CB3 to Discuss Impacts of Liquor License Saturation on the Lower East Side

Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

Next week, Community Board 3 will attempt a discussion on the linkage between alcohol density on the Lower East Side and adverse impacts upon both local public health and safety. The event is billed as a “Special Agenda Item Notice” and falls under the Transportation, Public Safety, and Environment subcommittee This conversation is especially significant […]

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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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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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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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