SLA Rejects Full Bar at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood is taking the ground-floor corner spot at 221 East Broadway.

There’s been a setback for Eastwood, the bar poised to open very soon at 221 East Broadway (Clinton Street).  The State Liquor Authority ruled yesterday that a new license cannot be granted at this location because the bar is less than 200 feet from at least one church.

In June of last year, Community Board 3 decided to support the full liquor application after a contentious debate.   Neighbors were divided; some spoke in favor of the establishment while others expressed concerns about noise and late night crowds.  One prominent opponent was Pastor Marc Rivera of Primitive Christian Church, located a block or so away from the proposed bar.

Breaking: Ferry Crash at Pier 11

Injured passengers on Pier 11 after a ferry accident this morning. Photo posted on twitter by @911Buff.

A big story is developing this morning at Pier 11 near Wall Street.  A commuter ferry has crashed into the pier, injuring up to 50 people. Most of the injuries are believed to be minor, but at least one person suffered a serious head injury.  A Seastreak ferry came in for a very hard landing as it prepared to drop passengers off.  Some people were taken off the ferry on stretchers.  The accident happened at around 9 a.m. The ferry was reportedly coming from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. See above for chopper video from Channel 4.

UPDATE 10:19 A.M. The ferry company reported there were 343 passengers on board. Many of those injured were thrown from their seats. The ferry is 140 feet long.  The injury count is up to 57.  One person is critical. This photo (above) was posted on twitter by @911Buff.

UPDATE 10:39 A.M. NBC New York is now reporting 57 total injuries. Two people are in critical condition, one with severe head injuries. Five crew members are among those injured.  They are hearing that Mayor Bloomberg may be on his way to the scene.  The Coast Guard is now on the scene, as well.


Breaking: Seward Park RFP is Released

This morning the NYC Economic Development Corp. released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the six acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development site.  The move has been more than four decades in the making; the development parcels were bulldozed in the name of urban renewal back in 1967.  Proposals from developers are due on May 6.  The city expects to select the winning bid or bids by the fall of this year.  The project includes 1000 apartments (half affordable/half market rate) as well as up to 600,000 square feet for commercial uses. Click through to see the executive summary. You can see the full RFP here.

There will be an information session for the RFP on February 11 at 2 p.m.  at the EDC’s offices, 110 William Street.

More to come…

Good Morning!

Delancey Street.

A mix of sun and clouds today and a high of 51. Not very January-like, huh? We could see close to 60 by the weekend.

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