Department of Health

DOH Shutters Hana Japanese Cuisine on Rivington Street

Last modified August 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

Patrons of Hana Japanese Cuisine (aka Sushi Hana) at 111 Rivington Street won’t be happy with this news. The eatery was shuttered by the Department of Health last Tuesday after an inspection resulted in more than forty violation points. Mostly due to evidence of live rats and mice roaming (and probably feasting) on premise. A subsequent […]

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Black Tree on Orchard Street Reopens After DOH Shutter for Mouse Infestation 

Posted June 15, 2015 at 5:12 am

Black Tree on Orchard Street is now serving again, having reopened days after the Department of Health shut them down for a terrible mouse infestation. The locally sourced, farm-to-table sandwich outpost spent three days on the sidelines, during which time the space was upended for cleaning. The Wednesday inspection turned up damning evidence. However, co-owner […]

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DOH Implements New Lead Dust Procedures in Response to Mahfar Alleged Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord allegedly subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure […]

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Here’s Your Chance to Get Some ‘Rat Prevention Training’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Rats. They’re the scourge of the city. They’ve infested pharmacies. They’ve colonized rotting construction sites. They’ve overrun magical gardens long before developers. But hawks aren’t the only ones fighting back against Lower East Side vermin. Splinter, beware. Councilmember Margaret Chin has teamed up with the Department of Health, Parks Department, and Community Board 3 to sponsor a […]

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DOH Shutters the Darkroom on Ludlow Street for 2nd Time in a Month

Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

It’s lights out for the Darkroom … yet again. For the second time in the last month, the Department of Health paid an untimely visit to 165 Ludlow Street on Friday evening and ultimately put the kibosh on the decade-old nightclub. This time around, the shutter is blamed on a violation tally of 39 points […]

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Report: Grand Street CVS Infested with Rats and Roaches

Posted November 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

The mainstream news networks always seem to go apeshit over stories of chain stores and their vermin infestation problems. Periodically each year, we read news or see photos of the lone rat on a binge in these establishments. Kinda gives added meaning to the phrase “click bait.” Anyhoo, we’ll take a brief ride on the […]

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Darkroom on Ludlow Street Was Shuttered by Department of Health on Friday

Posted October 13, 2014 at 5:35 am

Rumors of a Darkroom demise at 165 Ludlow tend to bubble up every year or so, but usually don’t pan out. Indeed, people have been calling its death for a decade. The closest it came was when Michael Auerbach and James wanted to bring the Bodega concept here in 2012. That never happened. Anyway, we […]

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Cheeky’s Sandwiches Will Probably Reopen in 2 Weeks

Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Roughly three weeks ago, local favorite Cheeky’s Sandwiches met the might of the Department of Health. Inspectors dropped by 35 Orchard Street on June 12, and logged 33 violation points for infractions that included live mice and roaches in and around “food areas.” This mid-month visit ultimately resulted in closure, albeit temporary. Owner Din Yates seized […]

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DOH Shutters Cheeky Sandwiches on Orchard Street, But Promises to Reopen

Last modified June 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Local favorite Cheeky Sandwiches is currently closed. Apparently the Department of Health paid a visit to the cafe yesterday afternoon and wasn’t too happy. If you stop by 35 Orchard Street, an ambiguous announcement apologizes for the inconvenience and promises to “see you soon.” Even though the DOH database shows no reference to this action, owner […]

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DCA Shuts Down Frank Restaurant Over the Weekend for Sidewalk Violation

Posted January 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

Frank Prisinzano’s eponymous East Village haunt was closed over the weekend thanks to a visit from the Department of Consumer Affairs. When we stopped by Saturday night, a restaurant employee sat inside the vestibule during dinner hours, turning away customers at the door and explaining the situation. We were told the DOC shut down Frank […]

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