This week we have been following the legal back and forth between the NYC Economic Development Corp.(EDC) and a longtime vendor at the Essex Street Market. Last night, members of Community Board 3 briefly discussed the situation and the broader issue of protections for businesses at the market.
Community Board 3 rejected a proposal last night to rescind the suspension of the LES Dwellers, a neighborhood organization, but Chairperson Gigi Li said she would convene a group to draft new policies governing how the board deals with block associations.
The long wait for a decision from the State Liquor Authority (SLA) regarding Soho House, which hopes to open a new club at 139 Ludlow St., is almost over. The SLA will finally take up the application tomorrow.
Community Board 3′s liquor licensing committee will once again take up the controversial issue of The DL, the nightlife venue at 93 Ludlow St., this evening. But before the meeting even begins, there’s some news about the LES Dwellers, the neighborhood group opposing the renewal of The DL’s liquor permit.
A meeting is set for Thursday between locals and the management of The DL, the Ludlow Street nightlife venue under fire from its residential neighbors.
It was an eventful evening at Community Board 3′s monthly meeting last night:
David McWater, who was under fire for behavior at a recent committee meeting, resigned after 10 years on CB3.
The full board rejected a proposal from Yo! Bus to increase the number of arrivals/departures from a mini-depot it has established at 2 Pike St. Board members were unmoved by an offer from Yo! to reduce the number of stops from 28 to 21. There are now predictions that the Department of Transportation will approve the full 28.
And CB3 reversed a decision from last week’s committee meeting, choosing not to support or reject a liquor license renewal for the DL, the large club at 95 Delancey Street. Since the State Liquor Authority already approved the renewal, the community board decided it would be better to ask management from the DL and neighbors impacted by late night noise and crowds to meet in an effort to work out their differences and then return to CB3. Paul Seres, who runs the venue, said the LES Dwellers, a group opposing the club, has not responded to requests to set up a meeting (a version of events the Dwellers say is inaccurate).
More on all three stories later today.