With Sin Sin Probably Closing, Which East Village Bar Is Next?

by BILLY GRAY · October 13, 2010

Yesterday Grieve noted that beleaguered East Village bar Sin Sin would close at the end of the month. Then Grub said it would "close, re-open and go a different route." Whatever happens, it looks likely that neighbors will win this battle in the war on excessive nightlife. What's the next target?

Sin Sin sits on 5th Street at 2nd Avenue, basically the spine of the East Village. Between 4th and 6th Street, 2nd Avenue bursts with quintessential East Village attractions: pint-sized restaurants (Frank, Nomad, Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar), late night diners, cramped bodegas and grungy bars (Kabin, Lit).

There's also a perpetually empty Thai restaurant (fka Kurve, now known as...who knows) with a saga of name and menu changes, disastrous reviews, faked star ratings and local suspicion that the eatery must front for some twisted drug or organ harvesting ring. But that soap opera's best left to diligent neighborhood micro-bloggers.

Anyway, it's a vibrant, quirky stretch. And its constant foot (and sidewalk table) traffic infuriates the neighbors, who often lament the strip's overcrowding at raucous Community Board 3 airings of grievances.

So, if and when Sin Sin shutters for good, locals are less likely to get some overdue shuteye than focus on a new enemy. And Lit is a likely heir to the throne of neighborhood opposition. The bilevel punk-velvet rope hybrid has its own reputation to contend with, from notoriously scuzzy bathrooms ("Bumps, Then Dumps!" goes the loo graffiti), to lax enforcement of the smoking ban in its musty live show and dance-happy basement. (Anyone who has even taken a whiff upon descending Lit's stairs knows cigarette smoke could only improve the olfactory situation.)

Lit played smart and reached out to neighbors months ago, offering to turn down the late night volume. But the NIMBYs are on a roll, and it could be lights out for Lit and other nearby nightlife options if they fan the flames.