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Update October 2, 2013- As a result of BatteryPark.TV reporting, the CB1 requested the owner of SouthWestNY to speak to the board about the complaints from the community (bel0w). Abraham Merchant explained that they have now installed a device to remove the smoke that was billowing out. They installed a Smog-Hog that seems to be working. They have also replaced a noisy rooftop exhaust fan with a quieter one.
Regarding the noise from the diners, heard through the open windows of the restaurant, it was mentioned that the windows should be closed at 10:00. Regarding the discarding of buckets of grease into the sewer drains, Mr. Merchant had no explanation, and promised that it would not happen again.
Evan Lacher of the CB1 stated that he has seen a drop-off in the number of complaints about the restaurant since the changes were made.
Update September 5, 2013- SouthWestNY has ordered new exhaust pipes and filters to address the massive amounts of burnt meat smoke.
Update September 3, 2013- By Steven E. Greer
At the monthly BPC subcommittee of the CB1 tonight, more residents than usual attended. Four different people expressed outrage over the noise coming from the open patio windows of SouthWestNY restaurant at night. The filth on the sidewalk created by the trash was also a gripe, as was the burning meat fumes that are improperly exhausted.
CB1 Co-Chair Anthony Notaro promised to bring the complaints to the attention of the restaurant. CB1’s Evan Lacher also mentioned the importance of filing a complaint with 311, because the paper trail gives their committee ammunition to act.
August 17, 2013- Letter from Rickmond Anderson
While SouthWestNY is appreciated as a new restaurant, they are not the best neighbor. First, one wonders if their ventilation on their roof meets code. Often, there are billows of smoke coming out of their roof. It is so thick that it leaves a blue haze and smell at Albany and South End.
Then, the noise from their open windows can be heard a block away on a warm night.
Now, we have caught them dumping their grease into the city sewers, as shown in these pictures. These pictures were taken August 16th, at 7:30 AM.
Can something be done to make them a better neighbor?
Albany Street resident.
PS. The sewer drain is now full of grease. This is still a flood zone. A clogged drain is increasing the risk of damage during heavy rain and/or major storm. I would think they are liable to pay for cleaning out the city drain?