The Lo-Down reports that a true Lower East Side institution—the bar Max Fish on Ludlow Street—is aiming to relocate to Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington because of skyrocketing property taxes and high rent at its current location. Last night, though, Community Board 3 swiftly put the kabosh on the plans. In a meeting, the full board denied the bar owners' application for the move to 195 Chrystie Street because there are already "9 large scale licensed premises within this one block, three of which – with full? liquor licenses – would be adjacent to this previously unlicensed location."
The decision led to a mutiny of sorts within the board with one member accusing the group of having a "lynch mob mentality" and another saying they "demonized our opinions." What followed was a debate on the length of the meetings, the uselessness of hearing sidewalk cafe applications, and the behavior of board members.
As for Max Fish, CB3 resolved to help the bar by getting them assistance in dealing with their landlord.
· CB3 Debates Max Fish's Predicament, SLA Committee Dysfunction [The Lo-Down]