Frank Prisinzano (Supper, Frank) recently applied for a liquor license for his new simple Italian cafeteria at 150 East 2nd Street, a process EV Grieve has been following in exacting detail since a fraught Community Board 3 meeting last week ended in deadlock. Tonight (6:30 p.m. at 166 Essex Street), the full board meets to consider Prisinzano's request, but unhappy neighbors already submitted a negative letter to the board.
"Supper has been seriously problematic for the residents of the building and residents on the block," the letter says. Gripes include a noisy, blocked sidewalk, open windows, uncooperative management, and general degradation: "Our immediate neighborhood has become saturated with places that serve alcohol, while otherwise-useful businesses are dwindling, to the detriment of our quality of life." (Residents who attended last week's meeting were considerably more colorful, according to EV Grieve: "We hear people vomit. It's a little row of hell.")
Prisinzano countered that the other possible tenants for the space are "a bank and a 7-Eleven." Not to mention that the block is "full of shitty bars." That logic did little for Jeremiah Moss, of Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, who commented: "You know what, BRING ON THE BANKS. give us a 7-11. guess what? they're quiet. they don't attract hordes of screaming idiots."
A Letter of Opposition [EV Grieve]