The Lot Radio's cafe/bar kiosk, which is run out of its Greenpoint/Williamsburg HQ lot on Nassau Ave where the online station broadcasts, was shut down last week by the Department of Health following an inspection. The DOH found seven violations, including cold food items held above 41º F, no connection to the city’s water supply, no on-site bathroom for employees, and operating without a food protection certificate. According to a sign posted by kiosk owner Francois Vaxelaire, which you can read in full below, The Lot Radio had been running under the authority of the Department of Agriculture and Markets (not the DOH), but back fell under scrutiny of the DOH last August. While the kiosk (which is especially popular in the summer) has been closed since, the radio station has stayed on the air.
The Lot Radio posted a new note on their Facebook on January 24, saying:
As much as this shut down might appear dramatic from the outside it actually triggered the most constructive dialogue we ever had with Department of Health.
We are in active conversation with them to get the situation resolved as fast as possible.
The Lot Radio is not affected by this situation and we are streaming as usual.
You are welcome to come by say hi and hang out, we just can't serve you anything.
Vaxelaire also notes that "The Lot Radio 3 Year Anniversary is definitely still happening and with a little bit of luck it will be the occasion to celebrate the re-opening of the kiosk!" The Lot Radio 3 Year Anniversary happens at Brooklyn Bazaar on February 9 and they'll take over the whole venue. The lineup has not announced yet but tickets are on sale.