Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted on: January 5th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Parkside is headed upstairs.

Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables.

Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons.

“It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the corner of East Houston and Attorney,” Lee tells us. “Sometimes it’s just not the safest place … and if we can add some outdoor seating on the roof, then we have a much more controlled, social distant, outdoor space.”

Given the potential deleterious effects on quality of life for neighbors, Lee is working to address concerns. Namely, that “privacy is first and foremost” when it comes to the design of the roof deck. There will be privacy walls with sound-proofing.

Lee is discussing with neighbors in the vicinity, and will appear before Community Board 3 this month for approval.

Parkside Lounge opened at the corner of East Houston and Attorney Streets back in 1997. It’s one of the last of its kind on the Lower East Side – pub, pool, no frills.

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