Community Board 6 has already mulled a ban on pub crawls (like the St. Patrick’s Day one pictured here). Tonight, two new possible bars for Third Avenue will be on the agenda of the CB6 Business Affairs & Street Activities Committee). Photo by Sabina Mollot
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Community concerns about an oversaturation of bars on Third Avenue will be on the agenda tonight at a meeting of Community Board 6’s Business Affairs and Street Activities committee. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loeb Auditorium at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 East 17th Street. Specifically, the discussion will focus on the application of new liquor licenses for two new bars on Third Avenue, with one between 22nd and 23rd Streets and the second between 21st and 22nd Streets.
Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association, said, “We don’t want this to become another Meatpacking District.”
While Third Avenue is home to a number of bars already, the Block Association is concerned about the two bars in particular. Both applicants submitted their paperwork at the last minute with very little information about the kind of business they want to run, Harrison said in a letter to the Business Affairs & Street Activities Committee, which was also signed by GPBA Chair Sean Brady. James Hendrick wants to open a wine bar/cafe at 284 Third Avenue, while Joe Pirozzi, who hopes to open a bar in a space formerly occupied by Hendrick, the old Black Bear Lodge, currently operates the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge.
East 30th Street between First Avenue and the FDR Service Road will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, and/or on Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12 (or as needed), to assemble a crawler crane.
I was so very pleased — and relieved — to read about the Tenants Association’s extensive study of fire doors within our community. I’m a long-time resident of Stuyvesant Town, and about 10 years ago I did my own informal “vertical inventory” of the stairwell doors on each floor of my building. (I knew that the two doors on my floor didn’t self-close and I wondered about the others.) It turned out that in my building only the Main and Terrace level doors snapped shut on their own; all the others had to be pulled shut.
I reported my concern to security at that time but, needless to say, nothing noticeable happened — at least in my building. It is truly heartening to see this newly launched major effort on the part of the Tenants Association as well as the response of the new general manager of ST/PCV.
It certainly looks like attention to this crucially important safety issue will finally be paid — and lasting solutions implemented.