Eddie Huang Closes Xiao Ye After Four Loko Controversy

So much for Xiao Ye. Eater reports that Eddie Huang’s new restaurant on Orchard Street is shutting down, in the wake of the big all-you-can-drink Four Loko catastrophe.  A few nights after the event, the State Liquor Authority raided the restaurant, destroying the caffeinated malt liquor concoctions. But Eddie says that was not the end of it. The SLA has apparently been targeting Xiao Ye for underage drinking, fining the restaurant on three separate occasions. The liquor license has not been pulled, but it looks like the state was moving in that direction. Eddie tells Eater he’s clearing out 198 Orchard today. Some new projects are on the horizon. But for the moment, Eddie will be focusing on his first restaurant, Baohaus.

Caregiver Support Seminar Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning at 11, there’s a special seminar for caregivers at University Settlement. Experts will offer tips and advice for supporting elderly and/or disabled family members who still have a sense of independence. The event, “Preventing Caregiver Burnout,” is being sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, as well as State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron. There will be refreshments at 10:30 and a “fun, seasonal” art class. The seminar is free.  University Settlement is located at 189 Allen Street.

Nurse Bettie, Bunny Chow, Bowery SRO on CB3’s December Bar Docket

Next week Community Board 3’s SLA Committee will meet to scrutinize December’s liquor license applicants. Pyro-cocktail specialist Apotheke has already been crossed off the agenda, leaving a fairly mundane but still lengthy docket to adjudicate. A few items of note:

  • Nurse Bettie (106 Norfolk) is looking to renew its license but will be made to answer for complaints from neighbors.
  • Hachi Enterprises returns to request a full liquor license at 185 Orchard, the ground floor in the Thompson LES Hotel. This past month, CB3 rejected a wine/beer license from these same applicants because they did not appear before the committee.
  • It appears new owners want to take over the license at the Inhabit Karaoke Lounge (39 Eldridge) and upgrade to a full bar.

Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Back at Bowery Poetry Club

Downtown’s favorite elf-eared art star, Saint Reverend Jen, will be hosting the 12th Annual “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant” at The Bowery Poetry Club this evening. (Locally) renowned contestants will participate in a one-minute talent competition, as well as swimsuit and evening wear segments. (For a glimpse at past contestants – and to get a sense of the wacky mayhem that is sure to ensue, visit the Village Voice coverage of last year’s pageant here.)

Silver Heralds Passage of Hyrdofracking Ban

Last night, the New York State Assembly voted to temporarily ban hydrofracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from deep shale rock. In a statement released a short time ago, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said:

“I will not let anything stand in the way of making sure all New Yorkers have clean, safe water… By preventing hydrofracking from moving ahead without careful study, we have protected our water supply and served notice to the industry that the health and safety of New Yorkers is our top priority. When it comes to keeping pollution and dangerous chemicals out of our water, there is simply no acceptable level of risk…”

The six month moratorium is meant to give state and federal environmental engineers time to study whether the procedure could endanger the water supply. The Senate passed the measure during the summer. Governor Paterson has expressed support for the legislation, but has not specifically indicated whether he’ll sign the bill.

Kenny Scharf Finishing Up His Mural at Houston & Bowery

Photographer Stephen Spera sent us some more great photos of Kenny Scharf at work last night — almost finished! (See earlier.) What a neighborhood.  More after the jump…

More on the Sheldon Silver Non-Coup

Devotees of the “Fake Shelly Silver” twitter feed probably noticed this item posted a short time ago:

Now, um, about that Assembly leadership coup… I’m sure the @NewYorkPost will be publishing a correction some time today…

Silver Re-elected Speaker, Community Garden Protections, Mason Dixon’s Future

  • Sheldon Silver is (unofficially) re-elected speaker by Assembly Democrats (Daily News).
  • Activists continue to press for stronger community gardens protection (NY1).
  • City Council set to debate the impact of siting Walmart stores in NYC (Crain’s).

Pike Street Fish Fry, Coffee Shop Still Coming to Ludlow Street

Photo by Jennifer Strom

Last night, The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom walked past a sign for Pike Street Fish Fry, reminding us that Ludlow Street is about to get a new restaurant. As you might recall, the owner of this Seattle import went before Community Board 3 during the summer, unsuccessfully arguing for permission to sell beer and wine out of the tiny storefront at 122 Ludlow.

Good Morning!

You’ll want to take the umbrella with you today. Rain showers begin midday, continuing into tomorrow. Look for a high of 56.

Superdive R.I.P., Beauty & Essex Debuts Next Week

A couple of noteworthy items in the food-a-verse today:

  • Everything you always wanted to know (and so much more) about the birth and death of Superdive (Capital NY).
  • Beauty & Essex (featuring four dining rooms, two bars and a ‘ladies lounge’ open for dinner December 11th. There will, of course, be a raw bar, because that’s all the rage now. Plus: chicken-fried oysters, lobster tacos, Parmigiano-Reggiano fritters,  buttermilk-fried chicken, veal short ribs, chicken meatballs, garganelli and a  burger served with duck-fat fries (Grub Street).

The Battle for a Chinatown BID Heats Up

BID backers highlight before and after photos, showing the impact of "Clean Streets" in Chinatown.

Last week, Chinatown business and political leaders took their campaign for a business improvement district to Community Board 3. In a big show of force, they claimed the neighborhood is rallying behind the proposed BID. But opponents strongly disagreed, vowing to fight the plan every step of the way.

The informal presentation before CB3 was only one step in the long road ahead towards final approval. Next month, BID backers will make more formal pitches before the economic development committees of Community Boards 1, 2 and 3. If the three downtown boards sign off, the City Council, mayor and borough president will be asked to weigh in. While 51% of property owners in the proposed district must agree, the city is reticent about establishing any BID that lacks overwhelming community approval.

Educational Alliance to Host Community Hanukkah Party

The Educational Alliance will be hosting a free community celebration to kick off this year’s Festival of Lights on Wednesday.  They write: Join us for a celebration for all ages followed by a lighting of the first candle on our Hanukiah (Hanukkah menorah). Bring your children, parents, friends, neighbors, and classmates along for a fun, meaningful kickoff to this year’s Festival of Lights. Mordechai Walker will lead us in song and share the story behind our Hanukkah traditions. Play dreidel for gelt before promenading from the Mazer Theater to the front of our building for a festive first lighting of the menorah. FREE fun for everyone. 4:30-5:30p // 197 E. Broadway.

Kenny Scharf Takes His Turn at Houston & Bowery

The artist takes a break from work on the mural wall at Houston & Bowery

Everyone is smiling about Kenny Scharf‘s new work in progress at the mural wall on Houston & Bowery (also known at the Deitch Wall).  It’s very appropriate that the longtime friend of the late Keith Harring gets to make his mark, as the wall was originally put up in tribute to Harring who famously tagged the location back in the 80’s. The wall is being “curated” by Deitch Projects and many uber-taggers have been asked to contribute their own graffiti art over the last couple years. More photos after the jump.

Silver-Cuomo Talks, BID Boom, 71 Clinton’s Next Act

  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is in “zero danger on losing his post.” An informal leadership vote takes place this evening. (Capital Tonight).
  • Silver and Andrew Cuomo have reportedly met several times in an effort to forge a positive working relationship (Post).
  • Are BIDs the “antidote to hard times?” (Crain’s).
  • Mural Watch: all Kenny Scharf all the time (Gammablog).
  • Patate Fellow comes to 71 Clinton (Nearsay).
  • Changes coming to Polish diner Polonia (EV Grieve).
  • Moskowitz & Lupowitz, where “the finest Jews (came) to eat.” (Jeremiah).