Williamsburg’s giant dining shed is devoid of diners

A 110ft hangar outside a Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg is perhaps the longest in the city – annexing up to half a block – and is not even open for meals.

Adding insult to annexation, Fushimi on Driggs Avenue also has a 48-foot-long shed on the corner of North 10th Street. Both structures have been without diners for at least 10 months, a local activist said.

“I don’t know what’s going on there. It just takes up space,” said Shannon Phipps of the Berry Street Alliance.

Fushimi racked up 13 cease and desist orders on the shed.
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The restaurant has racked up 13 cease and desist orders, including for using the sheds for storage; block a parking sign; laying on the sidewalk; and not be ADA compliant, according to the city’s Department of Transportation, which oversees the Open Restaurants program.

The restaurant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Removing these delinquent dining sheds – as Mayor Adams promised – is proving to be a difficult task.

On the Lower East Side, a coalition of neighborhood groups appealed for help from the city on Thursday, saying many restaurants are “making a habit of not addressing any warnings or violations.”

Many restaurants have abandoned outdoor dining as COVID dies down.
The city has committed to demolishing dining sheds that are out of order or not up to code.

Adams promised this month that the city would enforce the regulations of the Open Restaurants program, which began during the pandemic to help the struggling industry but has faced legal challenges from residents who say it is no longer necessary.

Adams helped demolish an abandoned shed and insisted, “We say no to rats, no to wandering, no to illegal activities, and we make sure the enforcement is in place, that everything is done right.

The August 18 press event came after The Post reported that some hangars were being used for sex during off-peak hours.

Lola Tavern has racked up 25 cease and desist orders and numerous noise complaints.
The city has demolished the dining shed outside Lola Taverna on Sixth Avenue in Soho.

The city appeared to be delivering on Adams’ promise on Friday when a crew began demolishing the shed outside Lola Taverna on Sixth Avenue in Soho. The restaurant has racked up 25 cease-and-desist orders and numerous noise complaints.

Then Lola Taverna owner Cobi Levy got on a white moped, made calls and the demolition stopped, according to a local resident who witnessed the scene.

“It’s very disappointing to see a business owner make a few phone calls and then see shortly after that city agencies stop enforcing their laws and rules,” the resident said.

Levy told the Post that “I talked to the DOT chief about it.”

“I guess the wires crossed in the city and they decided to start acting before everyone was on the same page and that’s why it was put on hiatus. But it’s a break. Certainly not a stoppage,” he insisted.

The DOT said the hangar, which is in a no-go area, will be removed next week and its primary purpose is to bring non-compliant structures into compliance.

“For two weeks, we have been steadily removing abandoned outdoor dining sheds across the city, and we will continue to work for a permanent open restaurant program that all New Yorkers can be proud of,” the doorman said. word of the DOT, Vincent Barone.

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