The Battle Over Buddha Bar

From Community Board 1…. My comments are indented on the line below.

Please note that this is a preliminary list. Be sure to check the agenda page on our website for any changes to agendas prior to the meeting dates. (ID is required to enter building.)

4/5 Battery Park City Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) The Skyscraper Museum – Update by Carol Willis, Director
2) BPCA permit request for 2016: BPCCA, Lupus Foundation of America, Saturday May 14, 2016
3) Allied Barton Ambassadors – Update
4) BPC Community Center Affordability – Discussion
5) Zoning for Morton Street School – Presentation by Tammy Meltzer
6) Wagner Park redesign and community input – Discussion and possible resolution

Last we heard about this topic, the park was under review by the Battery Park City Authority; not sure if this agenda item is discussing plans for changes or to complain about not being involved.

7) Response to NYS Homes and Community Renewal FOIL request – Discussion
8) BPCA Quarterly Update on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (6 River Terrace) – Announcement
9) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
—225 Liberty Street, 18-20th floor, application for corporate change in liquor license for Restaurant Associates (no change in ownership or Method of Operations)
—North Cove Marina, application for renewal of a summer vessel license for the Shearwater (Nautical Gourmet, Inc.)

4/6 Financial District Committee – 6:00 PM 
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) The Battery Conservancy – Update by Warrie Price, President and Founder
2) Restoration of Vietnam Veterans Plaza – Presentation by Magary Aime, Project Manager, & Jill Weissman, Capital Projects Analyst, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
3) 70 Pine Street, Board of Standards and Appeals application for a special permit to allow a physical culture establishment – Resolution

That’s La Palestra. (This is a permit that the city has required since the days when bathhouses were often dens of iniquity.)

4) 99 Church Street, Board of Standards and Appeals application for a special permit to allow a physical culture establishment – Resolution

The gym/spa at the Four Seasons hotel (30 Park Place).

5) 375 Pearl Street, notice of intent to acquire office space by Human Resources Administration – Presentation by Chris Flemming, Department of Citywide Administrative Services & resolution

375 Pearl is the Verizon/Sabey Data Center building that’s getting a makeover.

6) 10 Murray Street, application for restaurant wine & beer license for Vidhan Bhatt Inc. – Resolution

Held over from last month.

7) 20 Maiden Lane/51 Nassau Street, application for hotel/restaurant liquor license for HCIN Maiden Hotel Lessee, LLC d/b/a Holiday Inn Wall Street – Resolution
8) 120 Church Street, application for restaurant wine, beer & cider license application for SRG Church Street LLC d/b/a Schnippers – Resolution

Cider requires its own license? Who knew!

9) 32 Pearl Street, application for hotel liquor license for 44 Pearl Street Lessee LLC, Hersha d/b/a Hampton Inn Pearl Street – Resolution
10) 75 Maiden Lane, application for restaurant liquor license for an entity to be formed by Jason Francisco – Resolution

LinkedIn says he’s with Zigolini Group.

11) 123 Washington Street, application for restaurant liquor license for an entity to be formed by Brian Crawford – Resolution

Looks like the W Hotel finally found a permanent restaurant.

12) 100 Broad Street, application for restaurant wine & beer license for 100 Broad Street LLC d/b/a Essen – Resolution

So Essen is opening one of its big deli/food halls at 100 Broad.

13) Street Activity Permit Office application by Community Board 1, Friday, August 5, 2016, Maiden Lane between South Street and Water Street – Announcement
14) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
—123 Washington Street, application for corporate change of a liquor license for BLT Grill NYC LLC
—Governors Island, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for Salmon East Seven Corp d/b/a Little Eva’s
—55 Water Street, Vietnam Veterans Plaza, application for renewal of a liquor license for Masterpiece Caterers Corp, d/b/a Promenade Grill
—115 Broadway, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for 115 Broadway Corp d/b/a Panini & Co. Breads
—55 Water Street, elevated acre, application for renewal of a liquor license for Masterpiece Caterers Corp d/b/a Sky 55
—27 Broadway, application for renewal of a liquor license for 27 Pilgrims LLC d/b/a Donna
—66 Pearl Street, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for Pachanga Inc. d/b/a FIKA
—101 Barclay Street, 16th Fl, application for corporate change of a liquor license for Aramark Corporation
—Carousel Kiosk Battery Park – The Bosque Area, application for renewal of a wine, beer & cider license for Cleaver Company Inc., The Carousel Kiosk at Battery Park
—Battery Park Slip 1, application for renewal of a liquor license for Nautical Gourmet Inc. d/b/a Clipper City
—1 Liberty Plaza, application for renewal of a liquor license for Filk International Corp.

4/11 Planning Committee – 6:00 PM 
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) World Trade Center Quarterly Update – Glenn Guzzi, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
2) Performing Arts Center World Trade Center – Presentation by Maggie Boepple, President
3) Update by Silverstein Properties – Dara McQuillan, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
4) Retail at World Trade Center Transportation Hub – Presentation by Michael McNaughton, SVP of Development, Westfield
4) 9/11 Memorial & Museum – Update by TBD
5) MTA subway connections at the World Trade Center – Presentation (invited)

4/12 Youth & Education Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Public Advocate’s Plan for Improving New York City’s Commitment to Child Care Services – Presentation by Ed Sullivan, representative of Public Advocate Letitia James
2) Breakfast in the Classroom – Presentation by Judy Villeneuve, Director of Special Projects, Chancellor’s Office, Department of Education

Megu crop4/13 Tribeca Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) 404 Broadway, application for liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill – Resolution

It opens April 9.

2) Street Activity Permit application by Transportation Alternatives, October 5, 2016 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Beach Street between Collister and Greenwich Streets – Resolution
3) 325 Broadway, application for restaurant wine and beer license for Wichcraft – Resolution

As discussed here.

4) Worth Street Reconstruction Project – Update

This massive project—along the lines of what happened to Chambers and Hudson—was delayed a bit after the crane accident.

5) The Flea Theater – Update by Carol Ostrow, Producing Director
6) TD Five Borough Bike Tour temporary street closures – Presentation by Ken Podziba, President and Sharon Pope, Community Outreach/Strategic Planning Manager, Bike New York

It’s May 1. Let’s hope they give a heads-up about where the closing festivities will be (and what they’ll entail).

7) Street activity permit for Church Street School, Sunday, May 22, 2016 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Warren Street between West Broadway and Greenwich – Resolution
8) JCP sidewalk Sukkah street activity permit application for Duane Street between Church Street and West Broadway, October 14, 2016 8 a.m. – October 16, 2016 8 p.m. – Resolution
9) 62 Thomas Street, application for restaurant liquor license for Elmwood Venture LLC d/b/a Buddha Bar – Resolution

This will be a very contentious discussion: Buddha Bar wants to open one of its nightclubby lounges on a residential side street (in the former Megu space), and neighbors aren’t having it.

10) 251 Church Street, application for new sidewalk cafe at Two Hands Tribeca LLC – Resolution

A reasonable question to ask: Where will all the people waiting to dine stand once there are tables directly outside?

11) Street Activity Permit Office application by Community Board 1, July 14, 2016 Warren Street between Broadway and Church Street – Announcement

No, no, no! NIMBY and proud of it! Here’s why: 1) Warren has become a much busier street ever since the Chambers reconstruction; closing a block of it will jam up the entire area; 2) if the Broadway reconstruction is still plugging up everything around here, this will make it much worse; 3) the M9 bus and the Downtown Connection will have to be rerouted; 4) this block has a new building under construction and an old one being demolished—maybe cut us a break? There are so many streets in CB1 that are relatively quieter.

12) Volunteer at the Hudson River Park Games on Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Announcement
13) The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
—2 Avenue of the Americas, renewal of liquor license for Tribeca Grand Hotel
—190A Duane Street, renewal application for a restaurant liquor license for Nonna Restaurant Corp. d/b/a Roc
—114 Franklin Street, application for renewal of liquor license for Tutto il Giorno

4/14 Landmarks Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) 11 Hubert Street, application for additions to existing building – Resolution

Ongoing drama.

2) 70 Pine Street, application for signage – Resolution
3) Remembering Peter Stanford, founder of South Street Seaport Museum – Resolution

4/19 Seaport/Civic Center Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Lower Manhattan Resiliency – Update by Michael Shaikh, Deputy Director for External Affairs, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York
2) Development in the Seaport area – Update by Economic Development Corporation (tentative)
3) Citywide Ferry Service – Update by Economic Development Corporation & Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum (tentative)
4) 212 Front Street, application for change in method of operation for a restaurant liquor license – Resolution

Why would VBar want a different method of operation?

4/20 Executive Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Committee report

4/21 Quality of Life Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Council Intro 17 regarding after hours construction variances and new proposal for legislation to create a city-wide construction coordinator – Possible resolution (tentative)
2) Construction Forum – Update
3) Discussion with Brian Nelson, Crime Prevention Unit & Lieutenant Greg Engel, Special Operations Lieutenant, First Precinct (tentative)

4/25 Nominating Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Board 1 – Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A-North
1) Selection of Committee Chair
2) Discussion of Candidates for Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
3) Set date of next meeting

4/26 CB 1 Monthly Meeting – 6:00 PM
Location: Governors Island Ferry Terminal, 10 South Street, Waiting Room at the Terminal (street level/ground floor)

All documents relating to the above agenda items are on file at the Community Board 1 office and are available for viewing by the public upon written request to man01@cb.nyc.gov. At all meetings, additional items may be raised as “New Business.”