(Photos) Outdoor Dining on the Lower East Side

Both customers and restaurant owners were eager to give outdoor dining a try this week. Some businesses had more elaborate setups than others, and …


Congressional, State Races in Limbo Until Absentee Votes Are Counted

COVID-19 has upended just about everything in our lives. It was no different in New York’s primary election this past Tuesday. Since so many …

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–After a January fire, demolition permits have been filed for 70 Mulberry. [New York Yimby]

–Inside the struggle to save artifacts from the Museum of Chinese in America. [Post Magazine]

–Outdoor dining: Pete Wells had trouble finding a table earlier this week on an escursion to the Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–A walk through the Lower East Side on the first day that outdoor dining was allowed. [Business Insider]

–City Council member Carlina Rivera co-authors an op/ed calling for the city to embrace Community Land Trusts. [Gotham Gazette]

–A day in the life of Veselka [Eater]

–Photos from the 26th Annual Drag March. [EV Grieve]


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"Running to Protest" participants head north along the East River. All photos by Kari Jensen.

Speaking Out for Racial Justice on the Lower East Side

As racial justice protests continue here in New York City, here is a look at one of the recent events that took place at the East River Park Amphitheater. …

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Economy Candy Brings Back Old School Push Cart Service

As businesses continue to reinvent themselves during these Coronavirus days, local favorite, Economy Candy has launched a fun endeavor. …

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Lower East Side Film Fest Announces 2020 Jury Award Winners

The 2020 Lower East Side Film Festival is coming to a close online and the jury has selected this year’s winners. Top honors went to Rachel Beth Anderson and Timothy Grucza’s “Unschooled,” a feature documentary that follows three inner-city high school students as they embark on …


Starting Monday, Restaurants Begin Adapting to New Outdoor Dining Rules

Restaurants have been clamoring for permission from the city to open outdoor spaces for dining, and on Monday they get their wish. As part …

Lower East Side Links

–Sheldon Silver will be sentenced once again next month on federal corruption charges. While he was sentenced on two previous occasions, the former Lower East Side assemblyman remained free while a lengthy appeals process played out. Some of the charges were thrown out. [Daily News]

–Another look at the battle for the 65th Assembly District between Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and challenger Grace Lee: “While the two candidates don’t appear to disagree on much politically, the race looks like a test of whether a well-financed challenger seizing on hyper-local issues can motivate enough voters to overcome a broadly popular incumbent.” [Gotham Gazette]

–Niou and Lee participated in a recent debate. [Gotham Gazette]

–In a NY1 debate, incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was on the defensive. [NY1]

–The city has launched a more user-friendly affordable housing website. [NY1]

–Information about voting in New York’s Primary on Tuesday. []

–It’s not your imagination, there are a lot more instances of illegal fireworks in the city this summer. Complaints are way up. [New York Times]

–The rock-n-roll boutique, “I Need More,” will close next month following owner Jimmy Webb’s death. [EV Grieve]

–The M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden wasn’t able to hold its annual Juneteenth commemoration this week, but organizers are sharing the back story of how the event came into existence on the Lower East Side. [Instagram]

–Students at P.S. 126 create an award-winning podcast in tune with the COVID-19 era. [NPR]

–Bao gets a Bahamian-style spin at Bun Hut, a little spot near Stanton and Attorney streets. [Eater]

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Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure (UPDATED)

UPDATE (06-22-20): The park jumped the gun a bit, over the weekend, but is now officially open.

UPDATE (06-20-20): The park was definitely open …

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Lower East Side Film Festival Goes Virtual

As per the necessity these days, The Lower East Side Film Festival is presenting their lineup online this year, kicking off their 2020 Virtual Schedule tomorrow night. The fest is highlighting premieres of feature films, beloved themed short film showcases, virtual events (Trivia Night!), Industry Livestreams …

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Lower East Side Links

–A look at the battle between State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and challenger Grace Lee in the upcoming Democratic Primary. [Politico]

–U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney faces three left-leaning challengers as she defends her congressional seat. [NY1]

–Why is your local park still closed? Ask the governor. [The City]

–Cookbook author, and advocate for Chinatown preservation, Grace Young leads of tour of the endangered neighborhood. [NPR]

–Local activist Karlin Chan talks about the creation of Chinatown Block Watch. [PBS]

–Some people came out to party on St. Mark’s Place last night, apparently bored with social distancing guidelines. [Channel 7]

–Mikey Cole of Mikey Likes It in the East Village reflects on the times. [EV Grieve]

–Crystal Moselle’s “Betty” on HBO is about an all-female skate collective but several NYC locales, including the skate park on the Manhattan Bridge, are practically supporting characters. [Time Out]

–Take a trip beneath the elevated trains that were once such a prominent feature of the Lower East Side. [The Bowery Boys]