199 Bowery Board Was Offered Additional Monthly Payments by EMM Group

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 at 2:15 pm by
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The February SLA meeting for Community Board 3 was rather contentious, with EMM Group gobbling much of the time in their bid to legitimize Finale. It seemed like the neighborhood was completely against the bid to allow dancing in the back room, which is allegedly the source of all the sound issues. It didn’t go as planned, and the team was forced to withdraw their application. A few weeks later, condo owners inside 199 Bowery brought a lawsuit against the Lower Eastpackers.

Now it has just come to our attention that principals Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm purportedly tried to buy out the endorsement of the 199 Bowery condo board before last month’s meeting. The association ultimately decided against the cash injection since it had the potential to interfere with the aforementioned lawsuit, possibly putting them on the hook if noise problems continued.

A tipster shared the following email, dated February 10 at 10:23pm (night before the meeting):

Dear Richard [Halpern] and board,

Despite our past and continued efforts to work closely and pro actively with you, your fellow board members and the building we unfortunately continue to face the same opposition.

In a last bid effort to show even more willingness to help out where we can with 199 Bowery, and as a further gesture to reinforce our desire to be good neighbors with an amicable relationship, EMM would like to formally offer an ongoing contribution to the common interest of the building.

We are willing to add $2,500 per month to the building’s budget for the term of our tenancy.

For this, we would ask for the board’s support in our efforts to amend our license at the CB3 hearing monday.

Please acknowledge receipt and let us know your thoughts. Thank you,

Mark Birnbaum
Eugene Remm

If you recall, EMM had claimed last month that complaints about unbearable noise were only made to “make money” from the club conglomerate.

EMM Group will appear again on Monday to try for the alteration. Let’s hope that CB3 makes the right decision here.

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