In a 2008 Observer profile, Hotel on Rivington owner Paul Stallings called himself a “big fish in a small pond” and said he’d been on the “cutting edge” of the Lower East Side “transitioning into what it is.” The members of the fledgling Lower East Side Dwellers Association would likely not argue with this assessment. Last night, they came face to face, as Stallings and his team went before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee to renew the boutique hotel’s liquor license.
The LES Dwellers, a new block association making a stand against nightlife proliferation, returned to CB3 a month after persuading the board to reject another license, for a new restaurant at 106 Rivington, just across the street from the trendy hotel. Members of the organization complained about late night noise emanating from THOR’s three nightlife establishments (Viktor & Spoils, Co-op Food & Drink and the lobby lounge). They said party-goers crowd the sidewalk, that delivery trucks and cars block the Rivington Street bike lane and that the hotel’s street-side windows are kept open past 10 p.m. (in violation of a previous agreement to shut them).