New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 at 8:00 am by

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LES Dwellers on Rivington St., Photo: NY Post

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David McWater) seem to be running scared.

That much is the gist of an alarmist profile piece that appears in the New York Post today. Dubbing the Dwellers as “party killers of the Lower East Side,” author Tim Donnelly walks the reader through the short three-year history of the group and how it gets shit done.

Some excerpts:

“It’s frat boys and sorority girls,” says Diem Boyd, a 44-year-old mother who works in advertising and has been living downtown since she was 18. “That’s not what Welcome to the Johnsons is supposed to be about.”

She formed a coalition of 25 residents who attend community board meetings to oppose new liquor licenses, pester the New York State Liquor Authority about enforcement, and meet with the local police precinct about neighborhood safety.

The group is relentless in its efforts, contacting would-be bar owners in the neighborhood to demand they withdraw applications from the community board — tactics so combative, the board banned them for three months in 2013, saying the aggressive actions violated its code of conduct for block associations.

My fights with the Dwellers go deep,” says one night-life professional who asked that his name not be used for fear of provoking them. “I don’t need any fuel for that fire.”

This feared faction is surprisingly young — which they use to their advantage.

As the old adage goes, all press is good press…

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