Eastwood’s Chip Shop Soft Opens at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

If you pass by the intersection of East Broadway and Clinton streets with any regularity, you probably noticed something different in the last couple of days.  The metal gate is up at 221 East Broadway, revealing a brand new glass and wood facade at Eastwood, the bar being opened by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States.  While the main space is not yet operational, their “Chip Shop” around the corner on Clinton soft-launched yesterday.

As noted last week, the State Liquor Authority rejected Eastwood’s application for a full bar, ruling that the business is too close (less than 200 feet) from a church and a synagogue.  Harlap and States have now decided to go for a wine and beer license.  They’ll appear before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month.  Beer and wine permits are not subject to the same rules regarding proximity to religious institutions and schools as full liquor licenses.

For now the Chip Shop is open for lunch and early dinner until around 8 p.m. There’s only one table and some counter space, so take-away might be your best option.  Today there was a relatively small menu, including a fresh fish sandwich, falafel, fish & chips, a salad with kale, apples and fennel and a squash, kale and white bean soup.


Morning Reads: Dream Act For New York?, Former Teacher Investigated, Narcissitor at Envoy Enterprises

Sheldon Silver proposes legislation that would make it easier for the kids of undocumented immigrants to go to college (Daily News).

Betsy Gotbaum is endorsing Dan Squadron for Public Advocate rather than her own step-son (NYT).

DOE officials say a former Lower East Side middle school teacher fantasized about stabbing students (Post).

The anti-7-Eleven campaign picks up steam (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

Cutlog, a French art fair, is coming to Clemente Soto Velez in the spring (Artinfo).

Narcissitor at Envoy Enterprises on Rivington Street (NYT).


Woman Struck By F Train at Delancey Street This Morning

The stairways to the downtown F train was blocked off this morning following the incident.

A woman was struck by a Brooklyn-bound F train this morning at the Delancey Street station. She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to New York Hopsital in stable condition. The incident happened at around 7:15.

Trains were being diverted to the A line for a short time but the MTA reports that normal service has resumed with delays.

More to come…


Orenstein Senior Building Sold For $28 Million

15-17 Bialystoker Place.

The Real Deal reported last night that the Orenstein Building at 15-17 Bialystoker Place, a senior affordable housing facility, was recently sold for $28 million to an undisclosed buyer.  The 11 story building is operated by the United Jewish Council of the East Side.

On Tuesday, Heshy Jacob, UJC board chairman, told us the 127 unit affordable housing tower would continue to operate for the next 30 years.  He said any redevelopment of the site could not occur before that time.  Due to rules established by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Jacob said, all of the profits from the sale must be funneled back into additional affordable housing in the city.

The senior housing complex sits on a quiet block across from Luther Gulick Park the the Hillman Co-op.  It’s sandwiched between the Bialystoker Synagogue and the New Eastside Nursing Home.   The lot is zoned R8, meaning a mid- to-highrise building would be permitted on the parcel.


Good Morning!

Former site of the First Roumanian Synagogue on Rivington Street.

A mix of clouds and sun today with a high of 40.

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