The article included a quote from Ariel Palitz, who is currently trying to sell her club, the Sutra Lounge on First Avenue ... she is also a member of the Community Board 3's Liquor Authority & Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing committee.
Here's the quote that riled up some readers in the comments:
"The East Village is ripe for the picking right now. There's an opportunity to change the culture and the makeup of the neighborhood from the underground nightlife experience to a high-end clientele."
Yesterday, Palitz responded in the comments:
I know that many of my adversaries will find this impossible to believe but I was grossly misquoted and misinterpreted in the Daily News piece. Anyone who knows me and my mission knows that for over 15 years I have been devoted to New York preservation and have fought to keep the integrity of the Nightlife scene. I would NEVER say that East Village is ripe for the picking for an elite meatpacking scene, even though that scenario it is plausible that it will happen, it is not my mission. What I DID say was that because of the widespread closing of venues in the East Village that it was time for a Renaissance, an end of an era for many venues that have been open for many years and that it would inevitably change the existing culture here. I don't know how or why my words were twisted, and I do know that anything I say will always be used against me due to my pro nightlife stance. I usually don't defend myself against such things but this is way out of bounds from my beliefs and from what I said and I felt clarification was in order. Believe it or not.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Envisioning a new-look First Avenue nightlife scene
[Photo of Palitz via Blackbook]