Tag Archives: Sullivan Street

God’s Love Continues to Deliver Its Specialty: Weekend Noise, Dust, and Disruption

Saturday, April 18, 2015, this snippet is from mid-afternoon, but they started at 8am.

God’s Love Continues to Deliver Its Specialty: Weekend Noise, Dust, and Disruption from South Village Neighbors on Vimeo.

Liquor Licenses Reach Saturation Point on Sullivan Street: Noise, Smoke, and Traffic Alert

street scene at MacDougal & 3rd Street showing many bars and loungesNo offense intended to our neighbors on MacDougal between Third and Bleecker, but we might want to avoid having multiple streets that are crowded with bars, pubs, clubs, and lounges.

liquor licenses in the south village, a map with legend

If you’re concerned that Sullivan Street between Prince and Houston is on the way to becoming the next MacDougal and Third, please take note:

Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 151-155 Sullivan Street, Lower Hall to hear applications for four wine and beer licenses:

• 135, LLC d/b/a Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan St. North and South Stores 10012
• 135 Tart, LLC, d/b/a Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan St. North Side 10012
• An Entity to be Formed by Daniel La Vain, 144 Sullivan St. 10012
• 13 Sullivan Gents LLC, d/b/a 142 Sullivan, 142 Sullivan St. 10012

If approved, this would mean four new liquor licenses in the middle of Sullivan between Prince and Houston. That’s a lot of noise and traffic on a quiet residential block. Residents are already suffering from carousing customers many nights, courtesy — or rather discourtesy — of Navy at 137 Sullivan.

Right now Sullivan Street has enough bars and restaurants to easily meet the needs of our neighborhood and the surrounding area. We don’t need more liquor licenses.

Show up, speak up, and let your CB2 representatives hear from you about the peace and quiet you value on your block.

Click on the map to see a Google map charting liquor licenses in our neighborhood.

God’s Love We Deliver Contractor Files Fraudulent Documents to Gain Weekend Permits

South Village Neighbors received a copy of the following email and videos from neighbors on Sullivan Street, and we are sharing them with our community. The letter and screenshot reveal the fraudulent representations that JRM Construction has made to the Department of Buildings in order to secure after-hours work permits that allow them to disrupt the neighborhood even on Saturdays. The videos demonstrate the unmitigated construction noise they inflict on the neighborhood six days a week.

God's Love AHV fraud noted

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Ms. Pearl and Trustees of Gods Love We Deliver,

Your contractor at 166 Avenue of the Americas has committed fraud in order to obtain after-hours variances. Several lies on their application are:

1. That the work is not within 200 feet of a residence,
2. That the work is within an enclosed building,
3. That the work does not involve partial demolition, and,
4. That the reason for needing the permit is “public safety”.

You may refer to the publicly-accessible information here in case you are thinking of disputing it. Or you can view the annotated image of your contractor’s application for after hours work permits, which includes corrected answers for your reference.

Today, a Saturday, your contractor is jack-hammering, using chain saws, and using gas-powered concrete saws, and hammering. All of these activities are very loud, especially the large, bobcat-mounted jackhammer. It is loud enough that it alerted me to the also-fraudulent Noise Mitigation Plan posted by your contractor. This type of contractor is not appropriate for situations requiring code compliance and respect of the rights of others. This is not the first instance, and I am beginning to wonder why this type of infraction has been written off by City inspectors at your site in the past, and why your contractor is still allowed to obtain after-hours variances.

I recommend you cause this infuriating behavior to stop voluntarily, immediately.

Lest you doubt the validity of these claims, here are a pair of videos taken this morning at 10am from an adjacent residential building of “the quiet delivery of material and debris clean up” your contractor claims to be doing.

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:15am Bobcat-mounted jackhammer Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:10am Other non-approved, non-enclosed aferhours work

Your website does not offer a clear contact person to whom one may present the above information, so I have addressed my email to any likely candidate. Please feel free to respond, but anything short of stopping the illegal behavior on your property will be irrelevant, and ignored. There are no excuses, so stow any you might craft.

A Sullivan Street Neighbor

18-Story Tower Proposed for 120-140 Sixth Avenue aka 72-80 Sullivan Street (Important Public Hearing)

140 Sixth BW

Proposed tower (light grey). As of right tower (darker grey).

An 18-story tower, retail space, and a parking garage have been proposed for the quiet Sullivan Street block between Broome and Spring. An application for a zoning variance has been filed for this location. The developer has long planned to build a hotel tower on this site, which the zoning for the site allows. He is now seeking a zoning variance to allow the development to be residential, which the zoning for this site currently does not allow. You can read more about the application by downloading the variance documents HERE.

An 18-story tower at this site is not appropriate, whatever the use. The tower will cast additional shadows on Vesuvio Playground and SoHo Square. The site is located within the South Village Historic District that has been proposed since 2006 (and which the City has still not agreed to move on).  And nearly all the sites in the surrounding neighborhood which are zoned for residential development only allow new development at a much more limited scale – about 31% smaller than the proposed development.

140 Sixth Ave Shadow StudyTherefore we believe that if this development is to be allowed a variance for residential development – which will be much more profitable for the developer – that it should:

  • be at the size and density which is allowed for residential development in the surrounding area
  • keep any tower developed on the south portion of the lot, where the tower will be somewhat less intrusive (as is proposed, but not required, in the variance plan)
  • allocate 20% of the units as affordable middle-income housing, and,
  • include a public-use space (either a meeting space in the retail facility, or a public outdoor space).


ATTEND the Community Board #2 Land Use Committee public hearing on the variance on Wednesday, June 12 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Auditorium, 272 Sixth Avenue (Bleecker Street) and urge the Community Board to only approve a variance for residential use if the size of the development is consistent with what the residential zoning for the surrounding neighborhood allows and if the developer provides appropriate contributions to the life of the neighborhood in the form of affordable housing and/or community space. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm, and this is the 3rd and final item on the agenda.

WRITE to the Community Board at info@cb2manhattan.org to share your concerns and comments (please copy south.village.neighbors@gmail.com).

PRINT AND POST this flyer in your building to keep your offline neighbors informed.

Requiem for a Culinary Treasure: Joe’s Dairy Shuts Down Retail Storefront

joe's dairyA neighborhood culinary treasure, Joe’s Dairy, closed up shop this past Saturday on Sullivan Street.  Longtime creators and purveyor’s of the most delicious homemade, smoked mozzarella, and other delicacies,  the closing of Joe’s is a cheese-lover’s catastrophe.  Who can forget the first time they smelled that delicious smoked mozzarella, smoked right there, in the basement of their storefront?  The dairy’s owners were rumored to have grown tired of the neighborhood’s new bustle and clatter, finding it no longer livable after 40 years here. We wonder, also, whether Jared Kushner’s recent purchase of the 156 Sullivan Street building had anything to do with the dairy’s decision to pack up and move on.

Before Joe’s closed up, we watched other changes: When we moved to the South Village in the early 1990s, there were two bakeries – Vesuvio’s on Prince, and Zito’s just above Bleecker. All of this deliciousness was nearby. And sometime in the mid-1990s, Sullivan Street Bakery opened just to the south of Spring.  joesinteriorBut now all the bread bakers have retired, passed away, or decamped, and our neighborhood is left with sweets – products with higher profit margins and slightly longer shelf lives. Don’t get us wrong: we love the new Dominque Ansel Patisserie on Spring. Check out their croissants. And Birdbath Bakery – that moved into the famous bright green Vesuvios’s storefront – makes a mean chocolate cookie.

But the bread bakers aren’t the only ones who have disappeared. The corner grocery store on Sullivan and Spring gave way to another nail salon the end of the 90s. (And, seriously folks, how many mani-pedi’s does a neighborhood need?)  The green grocer on Thompson was converted into a high-end retail shop around the same time. And not long ago Porto Rican Coffee closed its doors on Thompson after 30 years on the block. This is the micro-catastrophe of hyper-gentrification: when the affordances that made a neighborhood a pleasure to live in can no longer afford to remain.

We have a Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation that does excellent work advocating to landmark the built environment. (And we hope they’ll succeed in lobbying the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark our section of the South Village soon!)  But what we sorely need is some other sort of mechanism to preserve the more fragile fabric of our neighborhoods: ensuring that our grocers, bakeries, butcher shop, coffee shops, and even vanishing laundromats can survive the pressures of overdevelopment. In the meantime, be sure to shop local: H & H Kim and M & O Grocery are among our last neighborhood corner stores.

Goodbye to Joe’s Dairy.  We’ll all miss you.  Another great one is gone.