Cafe Petisco, 189 East Broadway.
Cafe Petisco, the Mediterranean-accented restaurant at 189 East Broadway, has applied for a full liquor license. The popular neighborhood spot across from Seward Park already has a beer and wine permit, but next month the operators will ask Community Board 3 for an upgrade. The restaurant does a brisk breakfast, lunch and early dinner business, but is usually not very busy in the latter part of the evening.
Last summer, the owners of Eastwood, a bar opening soon at 221 East Broadway (a block east of Petisco) successfully won CB3 approval for a full liquor license in spite of opposition from some local residents and Primitive Christian Church. The situation is a bit different this time around. For one thing, Cafe Petisco is an established business, rather than a new venture. Second, it’s a restaurant — not a bar. We have a call into Petisco’s owners to find out more about their plans.
Din Yates, owner of Cheeky Sandwiches. Photo by thelodownny.com.
The docket for Community Board 3′s liquor license hearing is now online. Among the applicants: Din Yates of Cheeky Sandwiches at 35 Orchard Street, who’s going for a wine/beer license. Din has been planning to offer all-day breakfast service in the lower level of his quirky New Orleans-style sandwich shop. Also of note: Rob Shamlian is back on the agenda for an additional liquor permit at Tiny Fork, his oyster bar at 167 Orchard Street. Shamlian was scheduled to appear before CB3 this month, but withdrew his application. Click through for the full agenda.
Proposed bus stop on Pike Street.
Community Board 3 is out with its November meeting agendas. One item of particular interest: the transportation committee’s November 14th hearing, which will include a proposal from Greyhound for a bus stop on Pike Street, between East Broadway and Division. In September, residents beat back a plan from Greyhound’s new discount “YO! Bus” service for a stop in front of Seward Park on Essex Street.
The agenda indicates the stop would “would be on the small median (not the sidewalk directly adjacent to the former gas station). The closest street address is 2 Pike Street.”
The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on November 14th at LaMama, 47 Great Jones Street.
Rendering: NYC Economic Development Corp.
Last week we reported there was a lot of displeasure about the composition of the new community task force created to help guide the city’s selection of developers for the Seward Park redevelopment project. In response to complaints lodged after Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li announced the appointees, an additional community representative has been tapped to join the panel. Li made the announcement at last night’s CB3 meeting.
The task force will be working with city planning officials to draft a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Seward Park sites and they will have a role in selecting developers for the large mixed-use project. Initially, Li appointed five community board members and two representatives from local “stakeholder” organizations (the LES BID and University Settlement). Local elected officials also have seats on the panel. At last week’s land use committee meeting, community activists complained that the task force lacked racial and geographic diversity.
106 Rivington Street.
Last night, Community Board 3 rejected a controversial proposal for a full liquor license at 106 Rivington Street, a location destined to be a large Latin-themed restaurant. In a 16-17 vote (there were two abstentions which counted as “no” votes), the board decided to recommend to the State Liquor Authority that the application be disapproved. In a followup vote, CB3 approved a beer and wine license and reduced operating hours (midnight closing time) for the multi-level restaurant across from the Hotel on Rivington.
Both supporters and opponents came out in force to testify last night. Foes of the proposal said Rivington Street has become intolerable on weekend evenings due to an overabundance of nightlife establishments — and the new restaurant would only add to the chaotic scene. Backers argued that the owners, longtime local residents and business owners, had earned the trust of the neighborhood and deserved a chance to prove they could run a responsible venue.
Earlier, this month, in another close vote, CB33′s liquor licensing committee voted to approve the full bar application, after the owners agreed to reduced hours and made other concessions. The decision is now up to the State Liquor Authority.
More to come…
A “Chinatown” bus on Allen Street.
it’s been a few weeks since the great Essex Street bus stop debacle — in which the city approved and then rescinded a permit for Greyhound to operate an intercity bus route from a location in front of Seward Park. While residents may have beaten back this particular proposal, we can expect a lot more applications like it in the months ahead.
Coming up on November 1, the city’s Department of Transportation is holding a “community workshop” to solicit feedback concerning policies and procedures for granting so-called “Chinatown buses” permits to operate in Manhattan. The permit system was mandated by a state law signed by Governor Cuomo in August.
Seward Park redevelopment area.
The warm, fuzzy feeling that prevailed last week after the City Council voted to approve the Seward Park redevelopment plan did not last long. Last night, Community Board 3′s chairperson, Gigi Li, announced the appointees of a new task force created to work with the city to evaluate proposals from developers. The makeup of the panel did not go over well with several members of CB3′s land use committee, which spent the past three years hammering out a compromise plan for the seven-acre site near the Williamsburg Bridge.
Task force members will include Chairperson Li, former CB3 Chair Dominic Berg, CB3 Land Use Committee Co-chairs David McWater and Linda Jones (sharing a seat), Lisa Kaplan (a CB3 member and Council member Rosie Mendez’s former chief of staff), CB3 member Karen Blatt, LES BID Executive Director Bob Zuckerman and University Settlement Executive Director Michael Zisser. Matt Viggiano (Council member Margaret Chin’s land use director), Vanessa Diaz (Council member Mendez’s current chief of staff) and a representative of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s staff will also have seats on the task force.
106 Rivington Street.
The owners of a large new restaurant and bar at 106 Rivington Street prevailed at Community Board 3′s liquor licensing committee last night, but the battle is not over yet. A divided vote (6-4) means another contentious debate is likely when the full board convenes October 23.
On one side last night: Jose Rodriguez and Robert Payne, who are opening a multi-level Latin-themed restaurant in a four story tenement across the street from the Hotel on Rivington. They were pitted against residents, many of them part of a new block association, LES Dwellers, who say the neighborhood’s nightlife scene is out of control.
167 Orchard Street.
The other day we mentioned that a new block association, the LES Dwellers Association, is helping residents fight a liquor license application at 167 Orchard Street (at Stanton). Rob Shamlian (Spitzer’s Corner, Fat Baby, etc.) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetta) are opening “Tiny Fork,” an oyster bar in the new Slipper Room building. Community Board 3 signed off on a liquor license for the establishment many months ago, but the operators were seeking a second license for a lower level lounge, and planned to go before CB3′s SLA Committee Monday night. But now the application has been withdrawn.
Members of LES Dwellers suspect Shamlian and company made note of community opposition and decided to hold off on the application until the neighbors aren’t paying such close attention. But the organization’s leader, Diem Boyd says “we will be watching.” Although CB3 approved the initial license in 2010, it’s still listed on the State Liquor Authority’s web site as “pending.”
106 Rivington Street.
Diem Boyd has lived on Rivington Street for 13 years, and in the East Village for seven years before that. Her block is pretty peaceful during the day, but come nighttime, this congested stretch just west of Essex Street is a non-stop party zone. The tenement she calls home is directly across the street from the Hotel on Rivington and its ground-floor lounge open to the street. Lower East Side hot spots Spitzer’s Corner and Fat Baby bookend the block. “Starting on Wednesday night from about 9 o’clock until Sunday morning at 4 a.m..” she says, (her street) “is unlivable. The crowds of people, the noise, the club doors open, the music blasting out, people congregating. There’s vomit and urine on every doorstep. It’s like a war zone, really, like we’re under siege.”
So last month when Boyd learned another establishment was planned for 106 Rivington, right next door, she decided it was time to fight back. Along with a few others, Boyd headed for her first community board meeting, prepared to protest the proposal which she felt would ruin what was left of her neighborhood. The battle did not end that night but became the catalyst for a new organization, LES Dwellers, “a grassroots, community organization trying to salvage what is left of the once vibrant, culturally diverse, and sometimes irreverent community.”
167 Orchard Street.
The Lower East Side oyster bar frenzy shows no signs of fading. Rob Shamlian (Spitzer’s Corner, etc.) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetteria) will be back before Community Board 3′s SLA Committee this month to outline plans for “Tiny Fork,” a raw bar in the Slipper Room building at 167 Orchard Street. The board approved their liquor license way back in 2010, but they’re returning to add “downstairs bar.”
Last week we posted the full agenda for CB3′s October 15th committee meeting. As previously mentioned the Sunshine Cinema wants permission to serve liquor. The theater’s application, now available on CB3′s web site, details plans for three separate bars; there would be food service as well as beer, wine and hard liquor available.
The Seward Park site, looking south on Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/nythroughthelens.com.
A week from tomorrow, the full City Council is expected to vote on the sweeping land use application for the Seward Park redevelopment project (SPURA). The land use committee signed off on the proposal last week, after City Council member Margaret Chin won several concessions from the city regarding a new public school, off-site affordable housing and other issues. But even before final approval, some activists are turning their attention to the next steps, as the plan for one-thousand apartments and commercial spaces on nine parcels near the Williamsburg Bridge moves forward.
Following City Council and mayoral rubber-stamping, the NYC Economic Development Corp. is expected to move quickly to draft a Request for Proposals (RFP). They hope to release it sometime in January. Earlier this year, Community Board 3 proposed the formation of a new task force to help create the RFP and to evaluate proposals from developers. The city agreed to work with the new group. The task force will consist of representatives from local elected officials’ offices (Council members Chin and Rosie Mendez, plus Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer), five CB3 members and two members from “local stakeholder groups.”
A “Chinatown” bus on Allen Street.
It’s been a week since the city’s Department of Transportation decided to rescind a “YO! Bus” permit for Essex Street, in front of Seward Park, following strong community opposition. As previously reported, the DOT is working on alternative locations, which will be presented to Community Board 3. Susan Stetzer, CB3′s district manager, tells us the city will not appear at this month’s transportation committee meeting with a new plan but will likely be on the November agenda.
Meanwhile, the community board will take up the broader issues surrounding bus permits next week. As a result of a new state law setting up a permit system for interstate buses, the DOT is drawing up guidelines and procedures applicants will be required to follow. A week from Wednesday (Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., 59 East 4th Street), CB3 will meet to decide what recommendations to forward to the Transportation Department about the criteria that should be used in evaluating permit applications.
In this month’s print magazine, we took an in-depth look at the “Chinatown bus,” issue.
Inside Pier 42.
Standing at the entrance of Pier 42 on Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron told local residents and activists, revitalization of the dilapidated space is “no longer just an idea. It’s becoming a reality.” During the next hour or so, he and Parks Department officials led a rare tour of the old “banana boat pier,” which is destined toone day become a new park and recreational area.
Last year at about this time, Squadron and U.S Senator Chuck Schumer announced they’d persuaded the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to devote $16 million to the first phase of the large redevelopment project. Now the Parks Department has brought on a design firm, Mathews Nielsen, to oversee the transformation of one of the last green links in Manhattan’s riverfront.
Photo via: Cinema Treasures.
Community Board 3 is out with its October liquor license docket. Among the businesses applying for licenses on the Lower East Side: the Sunshine Cinema. You can see the full list after the jump.