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Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel License Sails through CB3, Despite Local Opposition

Posted October 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

When block associations don’t work together, the residents lose. That’s essentially the narrative behind the Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel and the approval of its liquor license last week. Dozens of residents attended the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee meeting last Tuesday in opposition to the hotel’s food and beverage plans at 9 Orchard Street. Namely, to […]

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DOT Flip-Flops, Grants Yep Tour a Temporary Intercity Bus Permit

Posted April 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

The city’s Department of Transportation flip-flopped and agreed to issue the egregious Chinatown bus operator Yep Tour a temporary permit for a stop at Pike Street and East Broadway, Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer confirmed last week. This reversal comes nearly two months after the agency blocked the identical application for loading and […]

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Tonight is Your Chance to Voice Concerns About the Scourge of Chinatown Buses

Last modified December 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

Those concerned about the constant encroachment of the Chinatown bus industry, pay heed. Community Board 3 and local electeds are hosting a town hall dedicated to the intercity bus scourge tonight. It’s the prime opportunity to voice ongoing concerns and potential solutions regarding over-saturation and non-compliance, as the big machers will be in attendance. The […]

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CB3 Committee Moves to Approve Another Chinatown Bus Operator

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

Heretofore operating illegally on East Broadway, GD Bus Tour Inc. is now looking to legitimize its intercity bus company. They’ve already signed a lease on a store at 125 East Broadway (sign is up), and plan on continuing twice-a-day service to Orlando, Florida. The stop will piggyback off the M9 there. Its owners appeared before […]

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Defective Allen Street Mall Benches to Receive Upgrades Starting Today

Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:12 am

More than a year later, the New York City Parks Department is finally coming through on promises for the Allen Street Mall. Namely, the issue of those defective iron benches dotting the six renovated medians between Delancey and South Streets. (Still no updates for beleaguered medians north of Delancey, though.) When we first exposed the […]

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Lucky Star Buses Begin Operating on Canal Street Months Before Promised Date; Fung Wah Fails Again

Posted July 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

For Chinatown buses, the competition is fierce. Lucky Star sure as shit wasn’t gonna let its failed nemesis Fung Wah potentially get the head start down by the Manhattan Bridge. Oh, no. Top brass played the game of preempting the enemy into battle, and ultimately won. They’re in the new home and Fung Wah is out […]

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Sam’s Spring Roll Opens on Essex Street

Posted June 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

Sam’s Spring Roll rocked the boat last December in its bid for the north store of 23 Essex Street. Nevertheless, it didn’t hinder the push to completion. In fact, the “bar” is now fully operational, having debuted last week, and already with the requisite Yelp shills. The four-table establishment is billed as more of a […]

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Comfort Diner on Grand Street Sheds the ‘Diner’ and Becomes Another Bar-Restaurant

Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:15 am

The Comfort Diner is seemingly on the ropes. Seven months into its Lower East Side run, it’s diversifying to stay afloat. Even hosting the occasional photography exhibit or the like. In fact, it’s no longer deemed a “diner,” but a “restaurant & bar.” This is precisely what neighbors predicted would happen, a moderate-level bait-and-switch. The […]

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Six Years Later, Locals Calling for Completion of Allen Street Mall Upgrades

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Allen Street Mall – those eight segments of median running from South Street to East Houston – has come a long way in the last decade. Essentially beat up and left for dead, the Department of Transportation finally took notice that changes were needed, and began implementing upgrades six years ago. Project plans were […]

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Fung Wah and Lucky Star Bus Companies will Operate Side-by-Side on Canal Street Come Fall

Posted April 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

Get ready, because Canal Street by the bridge will likely become its own bus depot in due course. Two of the largest curbside operators in the game – both problem companies in their own right – have laid claim to the northern fork of the boulevard (between Bowery and Chrystie). Fung Wah and Lucky Star […]

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