In the most recent issue of New York magazine, architecture critic Justin Davidson attempts to lob a grenade, arguing in favor of gentrification in the provocatively titled, “Is gentrification all bad?”But rather than a Bloombergian manifesto in support of ever more billionaires moving to New York, Davidson offers a well-argued, thoroughly-reported and exceedingly reasonable case for the…
They asked CB3 but they still said no. Earlier this month, the transporation subcommittee of Community Board 3 forced LeRoy McCarthy to withdraw his application to co-name Ludlow and Rivington Streets Beastie Boys Square (cover photo of Paul’s Boutique). The agenda item sparked a nearly two-hour-long discussion about whether the applicant had properly followed procedure.
Local activists put the collective tail between their legs in October after Soho House successfully swayed the State Liquor Authority to grant a full liquor license for its 139 Ludlow Street location. The LES Dwellers spearheaded the opposition campaign against the upper crust club, and was able to elicit a tough stipulation as part of […]
Some pseudo-good news on this third day of 2014. We are told that neighborhood staple El Sombrero will live to see another day. Apparently the deal to bring Artichoke Pizza to 108 Stanton Street fell through within the last couple months. So, the cash-strapped Hat will continue on its course; it’s a reprieve, though likely […]
Q:Pt. 4: It was pointed out that the SLA continues to violate its own 500 foot rule, but when I brought up this fact, Commissioner Rosen said all he wanted to hear about was Papasito's. He then, pointedly, said to Papasito's "If I find that there is dancing on the premises, that will be the death of the liquor license". Those are pretty close to the exact words. In a subsequent hearing, Rosen said he'd sent investigators in 3 times and found dancing 3 times (illegal, since no cabaret license). Mag
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Looks like the Sweet Chick is fried. Plans for its expansion into the Lower East Side at 178 Ludlow are seemingly stymied thanks to a liquor license denial at the state level. The chicken-and-waffles joint signed the lease and headed directly to the SLA after first receiving a denial from Community Board 3 back in […]
Pressure from Community Groups and Local Establishments Changes Route. SantaCon route will not include the Lower East Side as planned. This doesn’t mean residents will not suffer the red plague. SantaCon spillover is inevitable, but let’s hope the 85 secret service elves and the NYPD will keep most of the drunken santa flash mob on the official route…Or better yet a snowstorm comes and keeps them all home!
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