Back in June, Village restaurant The Lion got a tongue lashing from the Landmarks preservation Committee for attaching fake ivy on the facade of the building. Last month, nearby restaurant Rabbit in the Moon—which has even more egregious ivy—got theirs. The LPC determined that the ivy must come down or be replaced with the real thing, handed down violations, and decreed that the restaurant must pay a fine if they don't go through with the correct fixes. But the neighbors are still pissed!
The restaurant owners made other alterations to the building without LPC approval and neighbors feel they were not justly punished. In a letter to the LPC one neighbor says they are running "the risk of encouraging and rewarding blatant violations of the law" and call the Rabbit in the Moon situation "a grotesque and entirely inappropriate alteration." Click through for the full letter.
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