Community Board 3

Resignations from CB3 After Controversial Committee Shakeup [Updated]

Last modified January 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

The big news coming from Community Board 3 last night was not the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting, rather the resignation of two of its ilk. As previously reported, the Board Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano from her role as committee chair the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as […]

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Landlord Jumps in for Liquor License After Pizza Beach Closure [Updated]

Last modified January 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Pizza Beach is cooked, for sure. The five-year-old eatery dismantled its sidewalk structure and packed up the dining room earlier this month. Not to return. And there is already a replacement, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. The landlord, Sherr Equities (Orchard Flavor Partners) plans to open a nightlife establishment here. Update: […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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Mutiny in CB3 as Longtime SLA Chair Sacked in Favor of ‘New Direction’

Last modified January 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Dysfunction and chaos defined the holiday at Community Board 3, where sudden leadership changes were implemented. Specifically, Board Chair Alysha Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano, the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as replacement. Reason provided was to “facilitate the committee moving in ‘another direction.’” Five fellow members of the committee […]

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Massive ‘Ainslie’ Offshoot Planned for Tao’s old Bowery Spot

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:02 am

Ainslie is headed across the East River to the Bowery. The expansive Italian restaurant, which opened in Williamsburg last year, has eyes for the Vandal. 199 Bowery, that is. (The latter nightclub shuttered over the summer, succumbing to the pandemic.) Ainslie is owned by Sergio Riva, Mario Riva, and AJ Bontempo, who together seek a […]

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Cuban Restaurant ‘Mi Salsa Kitchen’ Opening in Mezetto Space

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Mezetto closed last March during the pandemic lockdown, never to recover. Now, another suitor is rolling the proverbial dice at 161 East Houston Street. The Community Board 3 notice for liquor license application is posted to the front door of the corner establishment (at Allen Street). Mi Salsa Kitchen is the newcomer, a restaurant serving […]

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Two Affordable Towers by Grand Street Guild Gain CB3 Endorsement

Last modified November 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm

The proposal for two large towers of affordable housing near the Williamsburg Bridge received the support of Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, the Grand Street Guild plans 15- and 16-story buildings composed of 480 permanently affordable apartments. The large-scale development comes at the expense of the former Little Star early childhood center […]

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Cafe ‘Ooh La La’ Angles for Cocoa Bar Space on Clinton Street

Posted November 2, 2020 at 5:03 am

Vacant no more, a former Clinton Street cafe will soon birth more of the same. The old Cocoa Bar, which shuttered and never recovered from the mandated COVID-19 lockdown, is poised to become another cafe-cum-wine bar. (The Brooklyn-based Cocoa served thirteen years on the block.) Application materials submitted to Community Board 3 reveal that Ooh […]

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Peppa’s Jerk Chicken Scouts Stanton Street for Expansion

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

A popular jerk chicken spot in Brooklyn is headed to Hell Square on the Lower East Side. Crown Heights counter-service spot, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, is currently eyeing 90-96 Stanton Street. The multi-storefront space previously hosted the short-lived Falafix. News of their likely arrival is confirmed by liquor license application materials submitted to Community Board 3 […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

Last modified October 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]

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