On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office revealed plans for an expansion of the NYPD’s Neighborhood Coordination Officers program. Two patrol areas in the downtown area– including the 9th precinct on the Lower East Side and the Housing Bureau’s PSA 4 in the East Village– are among a dozen new locations where the NYPD will apply its latest neighborhood-based policing strategies which they say will allow police officers to work more closely with the community and identify special concerns.
They won’t have Rob Shamlian to kick around anymore, because he’s turning over his restaurants to Sarid Drory. The former owner of the Cub Room, who bought Murray Hill bistro Artisanal last year, told Community Board 3’s SLA committee last night that he had purchased 100 percent of Ludlow Street tequileria Los Feliz and plans to put an end to the noise, drunkenness, and dance club atmosphere that caused Shamlian to butt heads with neighborhood group LES Dwellers earlier this year.
Since spring, the mostly anonymous crew of Lower East Siders who make up the Dwellers have campaigned heavily against Soho House’s plan to occupy three stories and a rooftop bar at 139 Ludlow. In late May, Community Board 3 recommended that the State Liquor Authority deny a liquor license application, and now the club will plead its case to the SLA at a “500 foot” hearing on Thursday.
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