CB3’s January Liquor License Agenda is Out; Ramen Master Heads For Clinton Street

The former Ed’s Lobster Bar Annex, 25 Clinton Street. Photo via postlets.com.

Community Board 3 is out with the agenda for January’s State Liquor Authority Committee.  Among the intriguing liquor license applications to be considered: a proposal from ramen master Ivan Orkin (just back from Japan) to take over the former Ed’s Lobster Bar space at 25 Clinton Street.  Orkin told Eater the deal could fall through, noting that he has “a few other balls in the air.” Also noteworthy: Pig & Khao (the new southeast Asian spot from Leah Cohen) is hoping to upgrade from a beer/wine permit to full liquor.

SLA & DCA Licensing Committee
Monday, January 7 at 6:30pm — JASA/Green Residence – 200 East 5th Street at Bowery
applicant’s name follow by current owner if applicable

Renewal with Complaint History
1. Temple of Ankh, 58 Clinton St (wb)
Applications within Resolution Areas
2. San Marzano Pizzeria (San Marzano LLC), 71 Clinton St (op)
3. Ivan Ramen, 25 Clinton St (op)
4. Pig & Khao (68 Clinton Restaurant Associates LLC), 68 Clinton St (op)

106 Rivington Liquor License Hearing Scheduled for January 10 (Updated)

106 Rivington Street.

Shortly after the new year there’s bound to be more controversy surrounding a proposed restaurant coming to 106 Rivington Street.  In October, Community Board 3 narrowly rejected an application from Jose Orlando Rodriguez and Robert Payne for a full liquor license at this location, which happens to be one of the Lower East Side’s most boisterous blocks.  The board said it could support a wine and beer license, but the owners made it clear they have no intention of downgrading their application.  Now the State Liquor Authority has scheduled a hearing on the matter. It’s going to take place January 10.

A new group, the Lower East Side Dwellers Association, has been fighting the application.  The block association’s leader, Diem Boyd, plans to make the trip to the SLA’s uptown offices for the hearing.  It’s a pretty good bet that there will be a lot of supporters of the restaurant on hand, as well.  The owners hired a prominent lobbying firm, Capalino & Company, to help smooth the way through the approval process. 

Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street.

Here’s another edition of our local holiday shopping guide. Enjoy.

  • The Tenement Museum is featuring $30 gift ideas for under $30.  There’s the classic Greek diner ceramic mug for $12.95, or how about the always-popular New York subway puzzle for $15.95 or, of course, a great selection of LES and New York-themed books. You can stop by the store at 103 Orchard Street to browse or go online.
  • Reed Space is having a holiday sale. Through December 25, you get 25% off (in-store or online) when spending at least $75.  You need the promo code, though.
  • Giselle, a fixture on the LES since 1979, is offering 60% off all fall/winter women’s fashions. The store is located at 143 Orchard Street.
  • Mastihashop is having their holiday party tonight at 145 Orchard Street. There will be cocktails, light bites, and of course, lots of new foods and beauty products straight from Greece. The festivities start at 4 p.m.


Happening Saturday: East Meets West Christmas Parade

Last year’s East Meets West Christmas Parade.

It’s a Little Italy/Chinatown holiday tradition. The East Meets West Christmas Parade will be back on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.  The event is a co-production of the Little Italy Merchants’ Association and the Chinatown Partnership.  There will be eight floats and three marching bands.  Plus restaurants in Little Italy will be offering a half-price kids menu all weekend.   The parade starts at Mulberry & Canal, heads north on Mulberry to Prince, south on Mott from Prince to Worth, ending at Chatham Square.


Danny Chen’s Parents: “Justice Was Not Served”

Danny Chen’s father Yao Ten and mother Su Zhen with elizabeth OuYang at yesterday’s news conference.

It has been more than a year since Su Zhen Chen’s 19-year old son, Danny, died in Afghanistan after enduring weeks of hazing at the hands of fellow soldiers.   But in some ways it’s as though no time has passed at all.  During a news conference yesterday in Chinatown, Chen was overcome with emotion as she thanked supporters for standing by her family and declared that justice had not been done.

This week the last of eight military trials came to an end when Lieut. Daniel Schwartz cut a deal and was thrown out of the Army for his role Chen’s death. Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas, Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel, Sgt. Adam M. Holcomb, Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hurst, Spc. Thomas P. Curtis, Spc. Ryan J. Offutt and Sgt. Travis F. Carden had previously been sentenced in connection with the hazing ordeal, which ended in October of 2011 when Chen killed himself at an Army base in the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.

During the past year, community activists and elected officials staged many rallies, demanded accountability from the Pentagon and organized a show of force at the trials in North Carolina.  The campaign was led by Elizabeth OuYang, the president of the Organization of Chinese Americans-New York.  Yesterday, she noted that only four of Chen’s tormenters were jailed and none of them received a sentence longer than six months.

Morning Reads: Chinatown Building Sells for $40 Million, Jeremy Lin’s Return, Doyers Street Back in the Day

  • 178 Canal Street, a commercial building at Mott Street, sells for $40 million (Real Deal).
  • Lots of buildings changed hands in Soho this year (NYT).
  • Giants fullback helps deliver toys at P.S. 142 (NY1).
  • Jeremy Lin is still riding a wave of popularity in Chinatown (NYT).
  • Video: Looking back at Doyers Street, aka the “Bloody Knuckle.” (AOL).


Good Morning!

Jarmulowsky Bank building; view from its west side/Allen Street.

Partly cloudy today with a high of 47 and winds gusting to 25 mph.

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