Community Board 3 Meets To Rousing Ovation

Burgers at Royale

Community Board No. 3

Last night was my first attendance at a local community board meeting. Let it be known that you do not need to get there by 6:30 p.m. for the proceedings as it says on the Community Board No. 3 website unless you enjoy sitting in the Anna Silver School auditorium. The meeting does not start until 7 p. (A complaint! It’s not a CB3 meeting without tons of complaints.)

Nevertheless, throughout the evening, I was impressed by the board members clear interest in doing what they believe is in the community’s best interest. At times, I felt I was watching the Continental Congress… Did I say they take it seriously?

When Alan Gerson came in to introduce his new Land Use minion, Matt Visignano, he bowed to the “activist board” and let everyone know that Matt is the one who gets the complaints now… not Councilman Gerson. Gerson seemed relieved.

David McWater, the Board Chair, performed the role of circus ringmaster as he ably propelled a meeting that lasted 2 and 1/2 hours. It could have easily been much much longer. Susan Stetzer, the District Manager, is the high priestess of the meeting and brings the “hammer” when required.

The agenda of a Community Board meeting is straightforward. Public comment is allowed for a maximum 2 minutes (relatively unenforced) per speaker at the beginning of the meeting. Then, representatives from each publicly-held, New York City office appear and report on their boss’s latest “big win.” Finally, all the committees and boards within Community Board No. 3 report and this includes voting on various referendums (referendii?) including State Liquor Authority permits, changes and other liquor nuance.

    Highlights of last night’s meeting included:

  • A woman arrived with a dog in a well-appointed baby carriage. She left mid-way through the meeting.
  • The owner of Hop Devil Grill and the Belgian Room feels harassed by the Police. Stetzer stopped the owner’s diatribe when she announced that his belief about police harassment has been reported to the Internal Affairs Bureau.
  • Congestion pricing is a buzz phrase in city politics. I had never heard of it until last night. Pricing is a misnomer. It should be “Fines,” “Congestion Fines.”
  • A Pentacosal church is getting kicked out of their crumbling building on Attorney Street – the ceiling fell in during bible study. Thank you, Jesus! They should try suing their landlord – it might be a big pay day if they’re smart enough to figure it out. Thanks again, Jesus!

The SLA business near the conclusion of the meeting was a bit harder to follow. (Actually, many parts of the meeting are hard to follow.)

Alexandra Militano, who is the State Liquor Authority & Economic Development committee chair, shepherds SLA applicants through the CB3 gauntlet – at least, that’s what I think I saw as board members quizzed her and commented on the applicants. After the voice vote, and if my ears did not fail me, it seemed most pending CB3 SLA recommendations (thumbs up or down on an SLA license) were approved including 113 Ludlow St. – currently Mehnata or The Bulgarian Bar, take your pick – , the new Fifth Street Burger at 545 E. 5th Street and Candela at 92 Second Avenue.

It does not appear that the new Veselka Bowery outpost will get a liquor license. Don’t worry potential customers. According to the board’s voting summary, there are eight, count ’em eight, liquor licenses within 500 feet of the planned restaurant. Just get your drink in a To-Go cup and bring it to Veselka’s new Bowery location.

Community Board No. 3

Community Board No. 3 Crowd

Update at of 3/1: According to the minutes of the February 26 meeting, Fifth Street Burger is in limbo with its license – see last line:

“VOTE: To deny the application for a restaurant wine license to Fifth Street Burger, 540 East 5th Street, unless the applicant agrees before the SLA to make as conditions of its license the following signed notarized stipulation that 1) it will operate a full-service, locally sourced restaurant selling burgers and sandwiches to within one (1) hour of closing, 2) it will operate from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M Sundays through Tuesdays and 11:30 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3) the applicant will not apply to upgrade its license to a full on-premise liquor license for the life of the license, and 4) it will provide delivery service north to south from 14th Street to Delancey Street and west to east from Second Avenue to the East River. – THE APPLICANT FAILED TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY BOARD #3 WITH SAID STIPULATION”

Links: Curbed


February 27th, 2008

Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City


  • 1. PJC  |  February 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    You’re a pretentious moron.

  • 2. clare  |  February 27th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    for someone who has never heard the phrase “congestion pricing” (have you been living in a basement in idaho?) and clearly knows nothing about the community board or any of its committees, you might not be the best person to be covering the meetings.

  • 3. newval  |  February 27th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for all the feedback!


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