As anyone who’s attended Community Board 3‘s SLA/DCA Licensing Committee meetings over the last few months knows, these things tend to have less in common with actual meetings than Pay-Per-View cage matches. Tonight’s event, scheduled to kick off at 6:30 at the Jasa/Green Residence on East 5th Street, promises some smackdowns of its own. As Eater noted, residents of East 5th — who have in the past mobilized against establishments ranging from Sasha Petraske’s Mercury Dime to the sky-high middle finger known as the Cooper Square Hotel — have already made clear their intent to protest a sidewalk cafe application from Thailand Cafe.
Other applications sure to draw scrutiny — and possibly a screaming match or two — include that of Koi Downtown, the upscale sushi chain planning to take over the Salvation Army shelter on the Bowery; Motorino, the lauded Williamsburg pizzeria whose owners have an eye on the Una Pizza Napoletana space; and Mason Dixon, the Essex Street bar that’s drawn its share of noise complaints. Koi’s already held a meet-and-greet with its new neighbors; they’ll find out this evening if they won the battle for hearts and minds, or if it’s just beginning.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 20, 2009