Lower East Side Links

–Due to high vacancy rates in shopping districts like Soho, Manhattan retail rents are now experiencing their “deepest and longest slump” in 17 years.  [New York Post]

–NYCHA says fewer than two dozen kids tested positive for high lead levels in their blood. But an earlier report identified many more cases, calling into question the accuracy of the housing authority’s findings. [WNYC]

–The designers of 196 Orchard St., Ben Shaoul’s Lower East Side condo project, imported handmade bronze-glazed brick from Spain. “We looked for a material humble enough to belong comfortably on the scrappy Lower East Side and luxurious enough to attract a contemporary resident,” says Adam Rolston of INC. [Robb Report]

–An update on the Swiss Institute’s new facility. [EV Grieve]

–The hotly anticipated restaurant, Tang Hotpot, opens on Monday at 135 Bowery. “Having weathered weeks of delays, this sleek Sichuan-accented restaurant from Yu Li, a partner in the East Village noodle spot the Tang, is about to deliver restorative fare that suits the season.” [New York Times]

–(Video) In celebration of the newly improved bike access to the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. [Streetfilms]


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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo on East Houston Street earlier in the month. | Weather: The rain should be coming to an end this morning. Look for some afternoon sunshine but windy conditions and a high of 54. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 | Here’s a photo from the Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 61. Look for showers developing late this evening. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Lower East Side Woman Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison For Murdering Baby

A Lower East Side woman who killed her baby inside a restaurant bathroom in 2015 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. …


We Tried Out the Essex Street Market’s New Online Delivery Service

Our first attempt at using the Essex Street Market’s new delivery service turned out well. …

Lower East Side Links

–There was reportedly a casting call and an offer of payment for a rally orchestrated against the return of the old P.S. 64 building to the community. [Daily News]

–Five people were injured after scaffolding collapsed at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway yesterday morning. [Daily News]

–Editorial: “Coming to grips with the problem (of vacant storefronts) has not been a de Blasio administration priority. But it should be high on any to-do list in its second term… Landlords can be blamed mightily for this blight — the greedy among them who raise rents to stratospheric levels, figuring that some deep-pocketed company will pay top dollar for the space.” {New York Times]

–The mayor allegedly wants to fire his investigations commissioner, who has conducted several inquiries that embarrassed the de Blasio administration (Rivington House is only one example). De Blasio is reportedly wavering due to the political ramifications of dismissing Mark Peters. [New York Post]

–Rebelle on the Bowery, a Michelin starred restaurant, has closed. [Eater]


Scenes From The Irishman’s Friday Night Shoot on the Lower East Side

Martin Scorsese’s, The Irishman, has moved on to the next locale after shooting on Orchard Street Friday evening. In a neighborhood that is at …

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Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 | Joel Raskin offers this view of the new landscape on the other side of the East River. | Weather: A mix of clouds and sun with more wind expected today and a high near 50. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Police Respond to Stabbing in Two Bridges Area

There was a huge police presence in the Two Bridges neighborhood yesterday following a stabbing inside an apartment building. …

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Jamie Rogers Prepares to Step Down as Community Board 3 Chairperson

At the next meeting of Community Board 3, coming up Nov. 28, Jamie Rogers will announce he’s stepping down as board chairperson effective Dec. 31. …


Residents of La Guardia Houses Should Have Cooking Gas by Thanksgiving

No one wants to be heading into Thanksgiving week with their kitchen out of commission, but that’s what 32 families at the La Guardia Houses were facing. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation steps up its crusade for a rezoning of the area below Union Square with a Wednesday rally.  The organization’s strategy has been controversial because it wants to withhold support for a proposed Union square tech hub unless the mayor agrees to the rezoning. [Curbed]

–A look at the changing face of Orchard Street. [Curbed]

–Emmanuel Perrotin talks about his huge new gallery in the Beckenstein building. [Architectural Digest]

–More details regarding the death of an Australian diplomat who fell from a Clinton Street balcony. [Daily News]

–A few more local Democrats look at pursuing Brian Kavanagh’s State Assembly seat. The position became available when Kavanagh won a special election to replace State Sen. Daniel Squadron. [Town & Village]

–(Opinion) Yes, a huge number of applicants compete for a relatively small number of “affordable” apartments in NYC but you shoulsn’t necessarily believe what you hear about the city’s housing lotteries. [City & State]

–A look at Drew Carolan’s new book, Matinee: All Ages On The Bowery, which offers portraits of the hardcore kids of the Bowery’s 80s scene. [NPR]

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Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 | Alan LeNoble took this photo of St. Mary’s Church on Grand Street, where scaffolding was recently removed after several years. The church, one of the oldest in the city, has a new roof and new copper steeples. | Weather: Sunny and windy today with a high of 50. Afternoon and evening showers tomorrow with a high of 56. Partly cloudy with high winds on Sunday and a high in the mid-50s. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY