Lower East Side Links

–Former city official Ricardo Morales claims he was fired after complaining about political interference by the mayor’s office into his dealings with a Queens restaurant owner/de Blasio donor. Morales says he was also terminated after he “objected to City Hall’s lack of truthfulness regarding the lifting of deed restrictions” at Rivington House. [Daily News]

–A closer look at the mayor’s efforts on behalf of the restauranteur, Harendra Singh. “Mr. de Blasio’s efforts on behalf of Mr. Singh illustrated in stark terms the transactional form of governing that had largely been absent under Michael R. Bloomberg, a billionaire who eschewed campaign donations during his 12 years as mayor.” [New York Times]

–Sheldon Silver might take his federal corruption case to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Newsday]

–Video: Charlie Bendit and Paul Pariser of Taconic Investment Partners talk about their role in developing Essex Crossing. No bombshells here, but they did mention that their application for the big project cost around $1 million. Dozens of companies had applied for the RFP in the former urban renewal area. [The Real Deal]

–A 20-year-old girl from New Jersey plans to sue Essex Street bar Boss Tweed’s after she was locked inside the night spot last Thursday night. Therese Hipolito apparently passed out and found herself on the bathroom floor. [New York Post]

–Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s sons tell Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes what it was like becoming Lower East Side orphans after their parents were executed. [CBS News]

–From street art phenom to “real deal” gallery artist: Hanksy reinvents himself as Adam Lucas, “a rebirth that’s already been met with more praise than he ever imagined.”  [High Snobiety]

Local elected officials held a rally Friday, July 21 on Rutgers Street.

Chin, Brewer Threaten Lawsuit Over Two Bridges Mega-Towers

At a rally held on Friday morning, City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer threatened legal action if the City Planning Commission approves three large-scale development projects in the Two Bridges area. …

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Monday, July 24, 2017 | We see large puddles in your immediate future today. Here’s a photo David Sierra took awhile back on Canal Street. | Weather: We’ll see rain showers throughout the day with winds blowing up to 20 mph and a high of just 74. A flash flood watch is in effect until 11 a.m. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Screen grab from Essex Crossing Interactive Map.

Plans Filed For Essex Crossing Building at 202 Broome St.

The City of New York and the developers of Essex Crossing are taking the next steps in building the second phase of the large project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. …

Lower East Side Links

–Mapping more than 30 new development projects on the Lower East Side. “The area’s growing trend towards high-end residential units bucks decades of the neighborhood’s existence—as a landing place for immigrants around the turn of the 20th century, and as a place of respite for those who couldn’t afford surrounding neighborhoods…” [Curbed]

–Retail vacancies are up 10% in Manhattan. [The Real Deal]

–In an opinion piece, City Council member Margaret Chin calls on the city to lift up immigrant communities through homeownership programs. [City & State]

–Mom and pop stores on the ropes: Kirsten Theodos of TakeBackNYC asks why the City Council refuses to take up the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. [City Limits]

–Tamara Shopsin is out with a new book about the family’s quirky restaurant, now located in the Essex Street Market. “It’s the consummate insider’s account, a treasure trove of lore, legend, and anecdote, the closest thing to an official history that (Shopsin’s) is likely to get.” [The New Yorker]

–We have a couple of cat cafes. Now the neighborhood is apparently getting its first dog cafe. [This Dog’s Life]

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Friday, July 21, 2017 | Donald Davis took this photo on St. Mark’s Place between Avenue A and First Avenue. | Weather: Another hot one. Look for sunny skies today and a high of 96. Mostly cloudy and 91 tomorrow with possible PM thunderstorms. Cloudy and stormy on Sunday with a high of 78. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Rendering shows four large-scale projects coming to the waterfront in the Two Bridges area.

Chin, Brewer Plan Friday Rally to Urge Rejection of Mega Towers in Two Bridges Area (Updated)

It looks like the battle over three new large-scale towers on the waterfront in the Two Bridges area is escalating. …

Lower East Side Links

–A civilian employee of the NYPD was arrested and charged with robbing a bank in Chinatown. [DNAinfo]

–The Cooper Square Committee is one of four organizations receiving funding to develop a community land trust. [City Limits]

–A look at the battle across New York between community gardeners and the city administration, which is planning to build affordable housing on some garden parcels. The Elizabeth Street Garden brouhaha is part of the story. [Commercial Observer]

–State Sen. Brad Hoylman is worried that an appeals court decision favorable to Sheldon Silver will imperil rent stabilized tenants. [Real Estate Weekly]

–At least one editorial board welcomes Shelly Silver’s legal victory and hopes federal prosecutors will drop the case. [Jewish Press]

–The Met Council has chosen another politically connected CEO. Some believe David Greenfield could save the scandal-battered charity, but others are concerned about potentially repeating past mistakes. [The Forward]

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“Very Bad Bank Robber” Arrested After Failed Lower East Side Heists

A guy described by cops as a “very bad bank robber” was taken into custody on the Lower East Side yesterday. …

Clinton Street entrance - Seward Park Co-op's parking garage.

Judge Dismisses Seward Park Co-op Parking Garage Lawsuit

A legal dispute at the Seward Park Cooperative over changes in the use of the residential complex’s parking garage ended yesterday when a state supreme court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by residents against their own board of directors. …

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo from Mechanics Alley. | Weather: Mostly sunny today and very humid with a high of 96. A hear advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


Indulge in a Sake Tasting and Food Pairing This Tuesday, Sponsored by Char Sue

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, join us at Char Sue for our first ever Sake Tasting & Food Pairing event!

Past Shop 'N' Swap event.

Stop ‘N’ Swap Comes to Columbus Park on Sunday

Coming up on Sunday in Chinatown, Grow NYC is hosting one of its Stop ‘N’ Swap events. …

Lower East Side Links

–Halpern Real Estate Ventures and SMA Equities close on their sale of 331 East Houston St., a residential building. The sales price was $62 million. The project was developed several years ago for a little over $50 million. [Commercial Observer]

–A watchdog group says NYCHA is in no way prepared for the Trump administration’s assault on public housing. [Daily News]

–It’s not all that easy for artists to live on the Lower East Side these days. A new study shows that there were 2,413 artists living in the neighborhood in 2015, as opposed to 2,909 in the year 2000. look out Bushwick, your days are numbered. [Time Out]

–Jake Dell of Katz’s Deli talks about his decision to open up an outpost in Brooklyn, whether he’ll take the concept nationwide and why the family’s decision to sell their air rights makes the business stronger in the long term. [Grub Street]

–Griffin Hansbury, known to you as Jeremiah Moss, lands on the cover of the Village Voice. [The Village Voice]