Community Board 3

It’s ‘Bongos’ for An Choi on Orchard Street

Posted November 4, 2021 at 5:01 am

It took more than a year to fill those shoes, but there is finally a replacement for An Choi on Orchard Street. With a familiar face, at that. An Choi ended service at 85 Orchard Street in July of 2020 after serving Vietnamese cuisine to the Lower East Side for more than eleven years. Now, […]

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Charlie Bird Vet Eyes Division Street for ‘Parcelle Wine’ Spinoff

Last modified October 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm

A veteran of Charlie Bird is spinning off the popular Hell’s Kitchen wine shop into a dedicated bar on the Lower East Side. Down on Division Street in the orbit of Forgtmenot, Dimes, and Kiki’s. Three-year-old Parcelle Wine, situated inside the Henry Hall apartment building near the Lincoln Tunnel, has plans for 135 Division. Specifically, to […]

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‘Belse’ Plant-Based Brewery Takes Dormant Paulaner Brewery on the Bowery

Posted October 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Fallow for four years, the former Paulaner Brauhaus (and onetime home of Sammy’s Bowery Follies) may finally reactivate. Born again as a vegan restaurant brewery. Indeed, liquor license paperwork filed with Community Board 3 indicates that Dallas-based Belse is on board to take over 265-267 Bowery. The relative newcomer – which opened last February, will […]

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Governor Hochul Extends Virtual Community Board Meetings

Posted September 9, 2021 at 5:12 am

Community Boards are no longer mandated to meet in person, thanks in large part to recent opposition from members. With the return of full-time board meetings this month following summer break, many board members, all of whom are volunteers, had plead with city and state officials to extend the online meetings. Citing the increased risks […]

Kinkys Dessert Bar is the Newest Naughty Neighbor on Orchard Street

Posted September 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

A former Hell Square gallery will soon become a sex-driven dessert shop. Kinkys Dessert Bar is probably what you think it is. The establishment will tantalize tastebuds with sexualized desserts. The business also seeks a beer-wine license, and is slated to appear before Community Board 3 this month for the advisory approval. The Kinkys climax […]

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Report: Community Boards Citywide Resisting Mandated Return to In-Person Meetings

Posted August 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

There is a mutiny of sorts forming among leaders of the city’s 59 community boards regarding a mandate that in-person meetings resume next month. Some chairs are even vocalizing plans to defy state law to keep sessions online and COVID-safe. After Governor Cuomo suspended in-person government meetings last year as part of his coronavirus state […]


Proprietor of Pado to Open Korean Spot at Former Meatball Shop on Stanton Street

Posted August 18, 2021 at 5:04 am

Dormant for some eighteen months, the Lower East Side storefront previously occupied by the Meatball Shop is finally reanimated. But a restaurant with an altogether different menu. City records indicate that the former operators of Pado – the Second Avenue sushi joint that closed last October – intend to impart a reservation-only Korean restaurant at […]

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Arm Yourself Against Vermin at the ‘Rat Academy’

Posted August 17, 2021 at 5:10 am

City dwellers versus rats – it’s a perennial rivalry as old as time. Now, as in recent years, Councilmember Carlina Rivera and Community Board 3 are offering a chance to get a leg up in this never-ending war. Pest Control Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are hosting a […]

LES Longtimer Trigger Readies ‘Lucky Star’ Ice Cream Cafe on Division Street

Posted August 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

Trigger is pivoting from shots to cones. Indeed, the longtime Lower East Sider – who formerly owned and operated The Continental for more than fifteen years – is now trying his hand at ice cream. Three locations out of the gate, in fact. Back in June, Trigger launched Lucky Star near the corner of Clinton […]

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A Night in the Life of a Sidewalk Nightclub in Hell Square

Posted August 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

A neighbor living on Ludlow Street sent along the following dispatch of a late-night encounter during routine weekend partying in Hell Square. One thing seems clear, the situation in this “ground zero” is worse now than pre-pandemic times. At approximately 12:15am Sunday (August 1), our 4th-floor apartment was suddenly overwhelmed by the sound of thumping […]

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