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Public Theater's Plaza Proposal -
CB#2 Full Board Meeting - Thursday, March 19th.
CB#2 to NoHo....."We don't care what
you say! What you need is a giant
plaza with lots of advertising, but the message will be, "what we're
voting for is handicapped ramps!"
In a nutshell
this proposal gives maximum attention to The Public Theater, to
the detriment of the overall contextuality of Lafayette St. and the planning of
Astor Place: a 30' plaza extending mid-block into the Lafayette St
roadbed, an 18' by 75' stoop with stairs on three sides and six billboards
permanently set into the sidewalk at 12' intervals, of 7' 7" height and 3' width
AND a cantilevered glass canopy, inscribed with the Theatre's name, highlighted
with lights, and five additional advertising banners hanging from the second
Yes, readers, that's exactly what happened.
In an announced vote on Friday, March 20th, of 19-17,
CB#2 approved the ENTIRE plaza plan. The majority, who evidently didn't
notice the 111 petitioners, or read the 15 letters, or listen to the five speakers
and 17 Board Members who unequivocally
the handicapped ramps, decided that handicapped ramps aren't
nearly as effective without 6 free-standing mid-sidewalk billboards, an 18' X
75' Stoop, and a 13' bump out onto Lafayette St! ..in spite of a
alternative presented.in advance of the voting. Oh, and precedents? Billboards in
historic districts? Gratuitous bump-outs? 4,500 cubic foot stoops?
Fogetaboudit! The City loves them so much they'll contribute more than
$4,000,000 to get them installed !
We certainly hope that
all those deserving folks with wheelchairs won't be too worn out by navigating
around the billboards, the stoop and the bump-out to make it up those beautiful
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What do you know about "hydrofracking ?"
No it is not another Guantanamo practice. It is, however,
an immediate threat to New York City's water supply. Read, and hopefully
the New York City
Council petition to Governor Paterson.
Keep asking your neighbors to sign the
ONLINE PETITION regarding liquor licenses in NoHo
City May Be Sleeping, But NoHo Definately Is
Festivals and Mall permits from May 1
thru end of September.
NoHo worked with Little Italy, Chinatown
and Cleveland Circle to help modify many
aspects that have aggravated
co-existence with the 90-plus days of
festivals and street closures, aided
considerably by Councilman Gerson.
Meetings are being scheduled between the
community, Little Italy Merchants and
the Street Activities Permit Office (SAPO)
regarding adjustments to sidewalk access
rules, sanitation and traffic control,
among other things.
MEETING PLANNED FOR APRIL..Watch for
ACTIVITY & FILM PERMITS
regarding the granting of future
licenses to NoHo addresses not
previously licensed...this may seem
obscure, but it IS important.
312 Bowery, 334
49 Bond St.
have been subjects of new
licensing hearings. All of these
locations have NOT previously been
licensed, and as such, have received
particular attention for the additional
load they would present to our already
overly dense licensed business
withdrawn their application.
was denied an OP license, but
returned, again, in March to request a beer &
wine only license. UPDATE:
The Wine & Beer license
application was defeated, thanks to
26 Bond Street
- We need to back off on the alarms
we have raised regarding this retail
store with coffee and wine bar. Actually,
we need to encourage you to visit what
is a remarkable
restoration of this space, pretty
accurately reflecting the kitchen/back
room areas (minus the finished plaster)
The Merchants House Museum, built at
about the same time on East 4th St.
Certainly, at this writing, it is quite
clear that the owners of
have every intention of living by the
intense negotiations in
December, with tight restrictions on "method
of operation," surrounding its Wine
& Beer, only, license. And, should
you have a particular hankering for
Bigelow hand soaps and skin creams and
do not care to traipse over to the only
other place you can get them on Sixth
Ave., help yourself. Actually –
though a much smaller space, the
atmosphere here is much more similar to
The Point Knitting Café on Bedford St. –
minus the wine. The SMILE, at the
moment, has a HUGE inventory of imported
organically dyed yarn and hopes to have
knitting classes 3-hours a week.
the BSA variance for the
proposed hotel at 8-10 Bond St.
was heard in February.
has previously been before the board for
a landmark application when it was to be
a residential co-op and still reflects
that architecture. The
variance is for uses below the level of
the second floor that are not allowed in
an M1-5B zone. The six-story
building, plus penthouse and mechanicals
also has two below grade floors, one of
which is proposed as a physical culture
facility, the ground floor with a 2900
sq ft restaurant, a second floor
restaurant with a terrace for outside
dining and a roof for entertaining, food
and beverage service. We were able
to prohibit the granting of any liquor
licenses to the below grade space (currenty
slated for a health club); prohibit use
of the second floor terrace, which
directly abutted two buildings on Great
Jones St. for any service and prohibit
the roof top for any food, beverage or
See the resolution.
LANDMARKS - 338 Bowery,
The White House,
Application for Hardship in a Landmarked
The first of several anticipated
meetings occurred on Friday Feb.
20th between the developer,
McSam Hotels, NoHo property
owners, Councilman Gerson's
office, and members of CB#2's
Landmarks Committee to review
this application which asserts
that the owner cannot realize
the required 6% return on
investment on this property
unless it is demolished.
St construction continues with the new
MTA incursion at Lafayette Street.
This project will last for four years
affecting the Lafayette/Houston
intersection and Lafayette St. and all
subway entrances. We will keep you
posted as we can - the MTA is not
terribly open to conversation - but the
resulting connected #6 uptown and
downtown stations, elevators and better
connection with the Broadway/Lafayette
station should be an improvement when it
is all done.
NYU Purchased 726
of The Wiz. This building will relocate
administrative offices from the core area around
Washington Square. The groundfloor retail is
planned for a consumer book store.
383 Lafayette -
Still planned for a small
complex of fly-loft theaters as part of the Tisch School
of the Arts. Planning sessions with community
stakeholders are anticipated in early April.
200 and 500 ft Rule -
New Blogs in Town:
Or maybe not new, but we just found them anyway....Bowery
Colonnade Row. A tad
eclectic, which for
NoHo, makes them just right. Oh, and one
more, Greenwich Village Daily Photo.
updated details on properties in development in NoHo
If you have
additional suggestions, are an artist living in NoHo, have any professional photography of our neighborhood, or
slides of your artwork, please forward them to zella at
nohomanhattan.org. Forgive the spell-out here but spamming robots
have been stealing the actually linked address.
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