Blame it on Giuliani, we suppose. Once a haven for thrifty twenty-somethings and starving artists, locals are being priced out of their East Village neighborhood by bars and boutique shops catering to those who can afford NYU tuition. The local community board, however, is trying to remedy the situation and reclaim the hood, DNAinfo reports.
Community Board 3 has started a letter-writing campaign, asking landlords not to rent spaces to bars and overpriced clothing shops and late-night hubs but rather to grocers and other neighborhood (and LES budget)-friendly establishments.
The letter, signed by CB3 Chairman Dominic Pisciotta, also warns that the community board will not look kindly on liquor license applications in areas that are already oversaturated with nightlife, including blocks of St. Mark’s Place, Avenue A and Orchard Street.
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