Starting at 2am on Sunday, September 18th, Il Buco’s pig smoke returns for a traditionally unpleasant 18 hours. Since 2010 the neighborhood has protested; you can get the history here.
The application was submitted too late to be on CB#2’s August calendar and the event occurs before their full board meeting in September. However, it will be on the agenda of the Quality of Life Committee on Monday, September 12th, 6:30 p.m. at Dapolito Recreation Center, 1 Clarkson St., 3rd Fl. to allow the public to ask questions and raise concerns. We strongly suggest you attend.
So, what are the issues:
- For any stakeholders on Bond St. from #35 to #57 the physical effects of 18 hours of continuous wood smoke and pig grease will impact windows and masonry.
- The environmental intrusion – smoke and odor – is regularly apparent from Bleecker to Great Jones, from Lafayette to the Bowery.
- Pedestrian and vehicular impacts – last year and in years prior, there were no signs posted at Lafayette to tell drivers that the street will be blocked or congested and that patrons of the Pig Roast will be roaming throughout the street-bed.
- Last year, Il Buco was to get permission to use the sidewalk in front of 43, 45, 49, 51 and 53 Bond St. But, what SAPO didn’t regulate was the placement of tables, firepits, seating, money collecting, merchandise selling on the street-bed directly in front of objecting addresses. This meant that the Pig Roast area regularly overflowed and inhabited the sidewalk, anyway.
- To date there has been no confirmation of the supposed nonprofit donation or its amount. The cost to patrons is approx $40/plate, wine not included.
- This is always presented as a “neighborhood” event and as a “neighborhood” benefit. It is not. Last year only two people living in NoHo were seen at the event, the rest appeared to protest or to stare angrily from their closed windows at the unwanted spectacle.
We would further suggest that in addition to attending the CB#2 hearing, you write directly to:
CECM/Street Activity Permit Office
100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Director Michael Paul Carey
Citywide Event Coordinator and Management (CECM)
Office of the Mayor of New York City
253 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007