Department of Consumer Affairs

Marilyn Louie Temporarily Closes Tiny Bowery Newsstand Due to Flooding

Posted October 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

Unfortunately for Marilyn Louie, when it rains, it poors. Literally. This time the weather proved itself an enemy, with downpours sidelining the business. Damn. The embattled newsstand owner – on the Bowery for thirty-eight years – seriously can’t catch a break. Heavy rainfall last week and its resultant flooding reportedly forced [Chinese language] the longtime newsstand […]

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Embattled Bowery Newsstand Owner Marilyn Louie Fighting for More Space

Posted June 26, 2014 at 5:23 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to the aid of embattled Astor Place newsstand owner Jerry Delakas earlier this year; perhaps he’ll do the same for Marilyn Louie further south on the Bowery. You see, Louie is having all sorts of problems with the newish Cemusa box that the Department of Consumer Affairs forced upon her […]

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Report: Spitzer’s Corner Sets Up Sidewalk Cafe on Ludlow Without DCA License

Last modified April 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Some vocal residents in Hell Square noted yesterday that Spitzer’s Corner is now operating a sidewalk cafe outside 101 Rivington Street. Four tables were positioned at the southernmost garage-door window on Ludlow Street. Ordinarily this might not be an issue, but there is no permit currently on file with the Department of Consumer Affairs, and a […]

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Jerry Delakas Wins; Beloved Astor Place Newsstand Will Reopen

Posted January 14, 2014 at 6:03 am

David beat the ousted Goliath of Manhattan. By now you’ve likely read the news that Jerry Delakas’ beloved newsstand will remain in Astor Place for the foreseeable future. Mayor de Blasio reversed the stance of his predecessor by intervening on behalf of the vendor. And a community is grateful. The gate to his Cemusa box […]

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Spitzer’s Corner Sidewalk Cafe Application Under LES Dwellers’ Scrutiny

Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:15 am

Now that we’ve had a full 36-ish hours to process the June SLA subcommittee agenda, one item is already causing drama in Hell Square. With its simple sidewalk application, Rob Shamlian’s Spitzer’s Corner at 101 Rivington has attracted the ire of the LES Dwellers Association. There’s some deep history here. Spitzer’s Corner has twice previously applied […]

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Bowery Newsstand Battles for Life Against Cemusa

Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

There’s a rather interesting item on the Community Board 3 agenda for tomorrow night. One that is years in the making, and most definitely stands apart from the other six listed.