And How Do You Feel About Ludlow House?
Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 am by Elie
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Yesterday afternoon, in a not-so-surprising decision, the State Liquor Authority opted to grant an OP liquor license to Soho House for 139 Ludlow Street. This decision was contrary to the stance previously taken by Community Board 3.
The one silver lining for the neighborhood, however, is that the members-only Ludlow House cannot utilize their rooftop for drinking. Hours for the top floor are strictly limited from 9am to 6pm, and with no smoking. At least for the first couple years in business.
In response to the state’s ruling on the matter, here are some choice reactions from readers and neighbors. Let us know how you feel.
Not entirely sure what you want to happen to the Lower East Side. Which way is there to go besides forward? Tax revenue and foot traffic is nothing but good for the neighborhood, regardless if you’ve lived here for 10 months or 10 years. The money isn’t what’s speaking to the board, its the view of the future, and the true revival of the Lower East Side. Tax dollars HELP build the neighborhood and fund development for the community. Start thinking forward, not backward.
The joke is on all the supporters of this place. As if Soho House will allow them to even smell the new carpets of their fancy social club. Let’s see how many of you will be able to have a drink in there :-) You are all now relegated to Libation, Fat Baby and The DL! Thank you LES Dwellers! You guys knew it was an uphill battle against the machine and a very difficult one but you are helping the community to keep this monster under control at least!
This is also a slap on the face to the respectful people seated at CB3. Why even bother sending all these recommendations to the SLA? For what? So applicants can bypass you and go straight where the real decision makers are? You guys have no power whatsoever and this just proved it one more time. Thank you Dwellers for putting up a good fight! It was David against Goliath. You didn’t get to kill him but at least you punched him quite a few times. The giant didn’t get to party all he wanted! Good job!!
From the viewpoint of the police and governing authorities, the city needs several zones like Meatpacking District and Hell Square where the overflow of visitors can act out. Having them all concentrated in one area makes policing them easier to manage. The police love to literally trot out all their ‘public safety’ resources on a weekly basis for this exercise. And do you think upperclass residents and community boards in Sutton Place or Battery Park City are going to allow oversaturation with faux dive bars and snooty private clubs disguised as community benefits? Usually it is CB3 you can thank for the puke fest on Ludlow, this time it is the SLA. And all pseudo sociology and urban planning myths about ‘neighborhoods’ aside, the process of winning a liquor license is a subcategory of the legal system that privileges those with huge financial resources. The mystified misapprehension a neighborhood will be what it is surrenders human agency to a child-like mentality that equates civil bureacracy’s administrative, policing, supervisory functions with nature. Whatever Hell Square was, is, or will become, natural is not in it.
One more sad example that money talks! LOUDLY!! Thank you LES Dwellers for you efforts!!! I know you guys were working for months, with very little resources, trying to negotiate with these guys and even thou the liquor license approval is not a big surprise at least they didn’t get all that they wanted (Open roof with DJ, open until 3 or 4 am which was just obnoxious to say the least!). Still quite sad that laws can be broken as long as you have money backing you up. I can’t wait to use their tiny windowless community room! Thank you Ludlow House for your generosity!!! Let’s see how many of those supporting this place will be allowed to join! Fill up the applications!!
Soho House, be careful what you wish for. Let’s see how your members deal with shut down streets, sidewalks clogged with binge drinkers, random acts of violence, no cabs, and maneuvering around broken glass and puke at 7AM. Welcome to our world.
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