Alleva Cheese Shop Gets a New Lease on Life; NYC Council to Make Outdoor Dining Seasonal

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Now you see it, now you don’t. And now you do again.

Last month I reported that Alleva Dairy, a landmark in Manhattan’s Little Italy, was closing after 130 years. Now it looks like that obit was a little premature. The cheese shop, New York’s oldest, is still planning to shut down the Grand Street location.

But now comes word that the fabled store will reopen across the river in Lyndhurst, N.J. According to news station PIX11, the shop will occupy a 3,700-square-foot store on the town’s Polito Avenue.

Owner Karen King is quoted as saying, “One thing is certain, Alleva Dairy will continue and will be bigger and better than before.”

NYC Council to Make Outdoor Dining Seasonal

The New York City Council has announced plans to make the city’s outdoor dining program permanent, according to StreetsBlog. Under the proposal, outdoor dining at so-called  sidewalk cafés will continue unabated and without seasonal restrictions, while the curbside “streeteries” which in some cases extend out into traffic lanes, will become just seasonal.

Not surprisingly, some stakeholders are unhappy with the decision. One of them is Charlotta Janssen, owner of Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy, who told the blog, “I’m heartbroken, I can’t believe they would do something like that. New York is a 24/7, 12-month-a-year town. We’re not a resort town.”

From where I sit, the new plan is a vast improvement over the Permanent Open Restaurants Program proposed last year around this time.

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