Pieces Bar Is Facing All New Opposition

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My favorite bar, Pieces, was all set to move to a new location on 8th Street after having demonstrated to the Community Board that it's a safe, warm, fun, but not intrusive place.

But owner Eric Einstein now shockingly tells me this:

"The residential tenants are exerting so much pressure on the landlord, she (Jane Goldman) is backing out of the deal. We are/were supposed to sign today.

"Things that were said at the CB2 meeting by the members of the Community Board:

*Pieces is one of the best operations in the entire CB.

*There is a saturation issue, and normally a new license would not be granted but for our special status as an exceptional operator in the area moving an existing operation.

*There has never been so much community support for a liquor license in the history of CB2.

*There are no real complaints about Pieces where it is.

"Additionally, I have agreed to a list of items with the CB, including but not limited to soundproofing. The people who are afraid of having Pieces on their block (and there are many who are in favor, too) are simply afraid of the unknown and/or change. They have never even taken the time to walk the 300' to where we are now to check us out.

"In addition to support from people on the street, I have letters of support from charities including AVP, the AIDS Service Center, the Imperial Court, Bronx Community Pride Center, and more.

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nada
nada

Finally West 8th Street will get a third Sushi joint.  Alas!

John R. Petrozino Jr.
John R. Petrozino Jr.

I find it incredibly difficult to believe that Solil Management (who owns the property) would capitulate to their tenants, given their online reviews. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me if the tenants of the building threatened to sue if she allowed the lease to go through.

Pieces Bar
Pieces Bar

See here for links. http://piecesbar.com/help

Pieces is losing its lease (the building will be gutted). We have found a new location nearby on West 8th St. and have secured Community Board support for our liquor license.

Unfortunately, some tenants on the block we're moving to as well as the superintendent in the building are afraid of having agay bar near their apartments and have put intense pressure on our new landlord.

On Monday, August 1, she decided only minutes before signing our fully negotiated lease that she wants to rent the spot to someone else (a sushi restaurant) and put our deal permanently "on hold".  Backing out at that point in lease negotiations is unprecedented.

If you like hanging out with us and enjoy having an affordable place to drink and have fun in NYC's oldest and most historic gay neighborhood, please explain to her what we convinced the Community Board: Pieces is not a nuisance and will not bother her residential tenants. Please ask her not to break her word and walk away from her agreement with our historic hangout.

You can send an email of support to Jane Goldman (the landlord) with copies to Brett (the point person in her office) and Reena (her lawyer).

Remember that you are emailing business people who are under no obligation to anyone but themselves. Please be concise and polite about why you think she should honor her word and sign our lease. Hopefully your support can help overcome the homophobia and fears of a few tenants, and Pieces can continue to be a cornerstone of gay Greenwich Village nightlife.----

For those of you who haven't been following this saga, know that we cannot stay at our current location on Christopher St. There are no other options at this point; we will not look for another home for Pieces, as it can only keep its character in the Village and all viable options there have been fully explored. If we can't move to this exact spot, Pieces will close forever in the spring. We have agreed to do things in the new space, including professional soundproofing and a custom designed sound system, which will ensure that we won't bother our neighbors.

Craig Mingus
Craig Mingus

Everyone forgets that businesses are mortal and need to remember that. If this place closes then the owners should be smart enough to just open another location under another name, instead of trying to hang onto something that has seen its time.

Tootles
Tootles

What??? The whole point is they're being driven out of their longtime location and looked into a new location on 8th Street. They convinced the community board and all seemed fine. The landlord was all set to sign. Then she suddenly changed her mind because of pressure from residents. Learn to read, people.

Matthew Levine
Matthew Levine

Ok, Eric, what is the next step? Is there precedence for legal action of a breach of contract? how much time do you have before you need to evacuate the building/ move? Is there something in city hall that can assist in this? Im curious and know I cant help directly, but ideas and outside the box thinking can sometimes help. Financial backers? Bank investors? i don't know.

Ummmmm
Ummmmm

If a landlord doesn't want to renew a lease, he/she doesn't have to.  Where is there a breach of contract?  Not really a legal issue here if the landlord doesn't want to renew . . . 

John R. Petrozino Jr.
John R. Petrozino Jr.

This isn't even a renewal. That being said when two parties have a mutually understood agreement, that constitutes a contract, even if there is no ink on paper. The crux is in proving that the deal should have gone through and that there was a legitimate reason to not "seal the deal". Solil Management is one of, if not THE largest landlord in NYC! So if they don't want you, there's not much that can be done about it. They would need half the city to be uproar about this, which would be nice, but let's be realistic.

Hottjammz
Hottjammz

Maybe they just don't want any more of washed up whore Will Clark's porno bingo and his badly dyed facial hair?

Terryvrideaux
Terryvrideaux

perhaps your one of the residents of that block.

Matthew Levine
Matthew Levine

Not called for man, support or just go away, don't start mudslinging, it helps no one. and makes you look like an ass.

GV Daddy
GV Daddy

I heard they're trying to lease the space to a sushi place. I can't imagine why you would want a nasty, rotting fish-smelling garbage sushi restaurant instead of a quiet soundproofed neighborhood bar like Pieces. I have a high end sushi place near my office, and it always stinks to high heaven out front.

steve holland
steve holland

The Person that is leasing the building needs to be taken to a court of law because this Guy had a legal contract You can't treat People in this manner !

Periwinkle
Periwinkle

I thought they had won the battle. And now this?? The control of these residents is getting really suffocating.

Ick
Ick

8th Street desperately needs the business! And Pieces is a great place. Why won't they let them be?

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