Angry Words Dominate CB3 Meeting on Bar Policies

CB3's David McWater was at the center of this week's contentious meeting.

if there’s one thing you can say about members of Community Board 3, they’re passionate about the Lower East Side. So its not very surprising when, from time to time, discussions about various issues become a little heated. But earlier this week, a meeting to finish hashing out new policies for evaluating liquor licenses became unusually contentious. The back and forth among board members turned highly personal, tense and ugly — before the proposals were finally approved, unanimously.

For the past several months, CB3 has been trying to figure out how to address a perception that the recommendations of the “SLA Committee” are often inconsistent and arbitrary — and that marathon meetings frequently stretching well past midnight are counter-productive and overly burdensome on everyone involved.

Food Wire: Beauty & Essex, Imperial Tavern, Stellina

Imperial Tavern: still closed.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Fork in the Road notes that Imperial Tavern has not reopened, in spite of a sign in the window suggesting the new Ludlow Street party spot would resume operations February 14th.
  • Bowery Boogie reports Stellina, the bakery/gelato emporium next to Sorella, will be opening soon.
  • Serious Eats proclaims “Tasty Dumplings” on Mulberry Street the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown.

Check out these restaurants, and more, on our fabulous Food Page.

Three Nights of Jurassic Park at the Sunshine This Weekend

Although it’s not exactly a holiday weekend for everyone, President’s Day (Mon., Feb. 21st) is as good an excuse as any to catch an extra night of the midnight movie at the Sunshine.  Especially when they are screening Steven Spielberg’s innovative CG classic, Jurassic Park (1993). What’s more fun than a bag of popcorn and giant prehistoric creatures (on the big screen) wreaking havoc on the likes of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum? $10 // Feb. 18-20 // Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.

Fun with Furry Friends at Sara D. Roosevelt Park Tomorrow

The ASPCA's mobile medical unit was booked full on Madison Street on Feb. 12; it comes back to the neighborhood on Saturday as part of the I Love NYC Pets event at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Tomorrow, Sara D. Roosevelt Park hosts a pet-centered carnival of information, adoptions, celebrity appearances and free veterinary care, including spaying and neutering services.

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, the all-day event celebrates February as I Love NYC Pets Month.

Pet experts will be on hand to answer questions about training, behavior, grooming and legal issues. There will be lots of giveaways, from advice to supplies like leashes and collars, to vet care such as vaccinations and microchipping in addition to spay/neuter surgeries.

Bloomberg’s Budget, Local Designer Goes Hollywood, Interpol’s After-Party

  • Senior centers, fire companies once again endangered by Bloomberg budget (Gotham Gazette).
  • State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had no immediate response but is reviewing Governor Cuomo’s proposal for independent redistricting (NYT).
  • San Gennaro Feast supporters are confident this year’s event will remain intact (DNA Info).
  • An indie dress for an indie director: East 9th Street designer Jill Anderson created Debra Granik’s (Winter’s Bone) dress for the Oscars (Daily News).
  • “This is what rock music has turned into;” Interpol’s after-party at the Bowery Hotel, populated by the “sort of young men who protect their eyes from UV rays — indoors, at night.” (NYT)
  • If you’ve ever had anything to do with Lady Gaga, or even if you’ve been in the same room, the mainstream media will not leave you alone (Channel 5).

Good Morning!

Chinatown

Photo by Margot Wood.

One more day of beautiful spring-like weather ahead! Partly cloudy this morning, sunny this afternoon and a high of 64 degrees. Tonight the wind kicks up and it’s going to cool down for the weekend. There’s a wind advisory in effect for Saturday. Look for a high in the low 40’s both weekend days. Looking for some weekend activities? Check out our Calendar.