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Breaking EaterWire: The City Comes Down Hard on the Meatboard & More!

Let's ride on out into the sunset on a bit of 'Wire, shall we?

2007_03_meatdown.jpgMEPA—Word straight from BermanWire—Andrew Berman, that is, of the GVSHP: "We have just received news that the City has ruled that the controversial 8-story high billboards at the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District are in violation of zoning rules. The owner of the Hotel Gansevoort can now take down the signs, as we and many area business and community leaders have been calling for, or he can try to correct them and keep them up." To fix the problem, the hotel would have to angle the MeatBoard towards the hotel. Somewhere, Keith McNally smiles. [Curbed]

GRAMERCY—Rumor is that the Gramercy Park Hotel's bringing in all sorts of greenery for their soon to open rooftop. Keep your pants on, though, folks—we all know that things don't always go as planned at Schrager's joint. [DBTH]

EAST VILLAGE—A tipster has the news that beer-focused pub Hop Devil Grill might be going dry quite soon. "Hop Devil Grill on St. Marks Place had their application to renew their license denied. In addition, they didn't just vote, tally and reject the application (apparently the rejection is the result of four 'serving a minor' violations in under a year) but the review board went on for about 20-30 minutes verbally chastising the owners. Again this is overheard and unconfirmed as of yet, but, oh, I just got two e-mails from friends in the beer industry telling me that the HDG is closing. Hooray!!" [EaterWire Inbox]

WEST VILLAGE—Another day, another restaurant DOHed. A reader writes, "Walking to my office this morning, I noticed that my go-to place for decent lunchtime sushi has been shuttered by the DOH. The name of the place is Yuki, at 149 W. 4th, within sight distance of the epicenter of all of this, KFC." [EaterWire Inbox]

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