11/19: Board to Tears

cb1-tribeca-nov09-by-tribeca-citizen••• Murray Street residents were ready to rumble at last night’s meeting of Community Board 1‘s Tribeca Committee, which I attended so that you didn’t have to. They’re up in arms over bad behavior at Biddy Early’s; the manager of 50 Murray—the blockwide apartment building that’s home to the Equinox gym—spoke of vandalism, vomit, urination, even riots. (Par-tay!) Residents of that building and others chimed in, and many fingers were pointed, mostly at John, Biddy Early’s owner, who put up a rather pathetic defense (as did his lawyer). Many community board members seemed mostly upset by the fact that no food is available at the bar after 2 a.m.—as if college students, who evidently make up much of the clientele, will eat given the choice between jalapeño poppers and another pitcher of beer. The thing is, the renewal of the Biddy Early’s liquor license has already been approved; the only reason for the hearing was that the State Liquor Authority has asked CB1 for feedback due to recent complaints about the bar. It was decided that a letter would be written, detailing all the problems, and the community board suggested that residents hire a lawyer named Barry—I didn’t get the last name because everyone talks at once—who had success with “the Buster’s Garage situation.”

••• Kipp Osborne, the poor guy who followed this brouhaha, was looking to obtain a beer/wine license for the Canal Park Playhouse he plans to open in March at 508 Canal. The place sounds cute, with just 48 seats, an emphasis on one- and two-character plays, and ambitions (if you can them that) to have the “world’s smallest circus,” with the type of entertainment—plate-spinning, whistling—found in old-time vaudeville. Once the board members’ dander died down, they approved it.

••• MaryAnn’s, which is moving to the former Yaffa’s space, also got its liquor license approved, though the restaurant clearly faces an uphill battle when it returns for its sidewalk-café permit.

••• In non-liquor-related news, the proposed co-namings of a block of Lispenard (for David Ruggles) and a block of West Broadway (for Dr. James McCune Smith) were shot down, mostly because the board doesn’t like street co-namings. I don’t either, so hurrah. Although in truth the petitioner really lost me when he claimed that the students of BMCC “fervently and unanimously” supported the motion. Come on.

••• The Steven Alan sample sale started yesterday; it’s on through Sunday. Racked has rundowns of the women’s and men’s offerings.

••• Otte‘s opening party is tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 15 percent off everything tonight only. Reservation info here. (Otte is a women’s fashion boutique.)

canstruction1-by-tribeca-citizencanstruction2-by-tribeca-citizen••• Finally made it to Canstruction over at the World Financial Center; it runs through Monday. Most of the entries were clever, and it’s more impressive than you might imagine.

••• An H&R Block is coming to 393 Greenwich (the long-empty storefront south of New Trio Cleaners), between Beach and N. Moore.

••• A few area buildings make Curbed’s list of the best rental deals right now. Also: Fish District development may be “back from the grave.”

••• If you enjoy this newsletter, please send it to anyone you know who lives in Tribeca! Gracias!


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