Judge Blocks City’s Effort to Make Open Restaurants Program Permanent

Posted March 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

The path to permanence for the city’s outdoor dining ambitions has been dealt a blow, thanks to a court ruling earlier this week. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, with Judge Frank Nervo presiding, ruled in favor of 22 New Yorkers who filed suit last fall. The claimants argued that the negative […]

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Judge Denies City’s Attempt to Toss Street Shed Lawsuit

Posted February 9, 2022 at 5:02 am

The community-led lawsuit to block the Open Restaurant program – and its street sheds – from becoming permanent can proceed, a judge determined yesterday. Indeed, Judge Frank Nervo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, tossed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Stating that the city’s argument was “inappropriate,” refusing to dismiss […]

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Lower East Side Residents Sue the City to Stop Outdoor Dining Sheds

Posted October 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

A group of New York City residents filed a lawsuit last week attempting to block the Open Restaurants program, initiated during the pandemic, from becoming permanent. The 22 claimants cite quality-of-life concerns with the clogged streetscapes, and allegations that the Department of Transportation – the agency responsible for the street shanties – mishandled its review […]

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Michaeli Bakery Files Class Action Suit Against Food Delivery Apps, Alleging Illegal Fees

Posted June 10, 2021 at 5:01 am

A popular Lower East Side bakery this week filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against digital delivery platforms, including Grubhub, DoorDash,and Uber Eats, alleging the companies billed it and other restaurants more than allowed by New York City law. According a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Michaeli Bakery on Division Street sued the platforms […]

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Essex Street Property Named in Lawsuit Involving Philippines Billionaire

Posted March 31, 2021 at 5:08 am

The saga of 11 Essex Street – demolished for a fancy micro unit development – continues this week as the Lower East Side property is named in an international lawsuit against a Philippines billionaire. Bloomberg reported that Enrique Razon was sued in New York by a company claiming the tycoon illegally terminated an agreement for […]

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Appeals Court Overturns Verdicts that Blocked Two Bridges Towers

Last modified February 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

The years-long battle to erect enormous skyscrapers along the Two Bridges waterfront is edging closer to victory. In its decision, the Appellate Court yesterday sided with the city/developers in two related community-based lawsuits, reversing the February 2020 decision that halted construction of four new towers along the coastline. (The court hearing was two weeks ago.) […]

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Opposing Blue Moon Homeless Shelter on Orchard Street

Posted February 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel will become a temporary homeless shelter, as a community-based lawsuit opposing the action was overruled. In January, three nearby landlords, two residents, and a restaurant collectively filed suit to block the transformation of the Orchard Street hotel to help ease pandemic-related overcrowding at city shelters. However, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Frank […]

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Appellate Court to Hear Community Lawsuit that Halted Development of Two Bridges Towers

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am

Down on the Two Bridges waterfront, the future of three super-tall residential projects will soon be decided. Indeed, it took a year, but a community-led lawsuit is now on appeal, with a court date set for next week. You’ll recall that a consortium of community groups under the banner of Lower East Side Organized Neighbors […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]

Opening Salvo in Elizabeth Street Garden Lawsuit Against the City

Last modified November 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

City Council voted to redevelop Elizabeth Street Garden in favor of the Haven Green affordable, senior housing mixed-use project last year, but two lawsuits filed prior to that determination are only now circulating the court system. Yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Debra James heard oral arguments from both legal teams as well as and the city’s […]

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