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Hunter Roberts Construction Hired For Long-Delayed Pier 35 Project

Officials with the city’s Economic Development Corp. last night told members of Community Board 3 that a new construction manager has been hired to complete the troubled Pier 35 project. …





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Friday, February 12 | Today’s photo was taken by H. Spencer Young | Weather: It’s cold and getting colder. We’ll see a mix of clouds and sun today and a high of just 29. Tomorrow it will be cloudy and windy with a high of 19 and an overnight low of 5. Sunny and 21 on Sunday.

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Photos: Construction Crews Work on Essex Crossing Sites 5 and 6

Photos by Kami Scott.

The bitter cold is not keeping the Essex Crossing construction crews from their work today. Once again, Lower East Side …

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Ariel’s Latin Bistro — Blending the Old With the New on Clinton Street

Ariel Mendez, Ariel’s Latin Bistro.

On the outside, Ariel’s Latin Bistro looks like a Lower East Side newcomer, and in some ways, what you …

Aftermath of the 2nd Avenue explosion. Photo by jdx.

Charges Filed Against Building Owner, Contractors in Deadly East Village Explosion

A short time ago, NYC District Attorney Cy Vance announced the indictment of five people in connection with last year’s devastating explosion on 2nd Avenue. …

Happening Today + Lower East Side Links

–At 11 a.m., New York City District Attorney Cy Vance will make a “major announcement” regarding last year’s tragic 2nd Avenue explosion. The news conference will be streamed live here.

Community Board 3’s Parks Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at the BRC Senior Center, 30 Delancey St. Agenda items include: A plan to turn a vacant comfort station on Allen Street into a food service operation. A Request for Proposals will soon be issued.

–City & State sums up yesterday’s City Council hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s controversial proposal known as “Zoning for Quality & Affordability.”

The Real Deal publishes the final installment of its interviews with real estate insiders about the luxury transformation of the Lower East Side.

Fusion looks at the Jewish socialist movement on the Lower East Side, which “paved the way for Bernie Sanders.”

–How the other half lives: The Financial Times highlights the exhibition of Jacob Riis photographs now on display at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Mark Lewis Glickman submitted this photo of the NYC skyline bathed in a golden light during last night’s sunset | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a few flurries possible later and a high of 30 | 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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A Few Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is only four days away. But there’s no reason to panic. Here’s are a few Lower East Side options to consider: …

Henry Street near the Manhattan Bridge.

Woman Mugged on Henry Street, Road Rage on East Houston Street

Police say a 68-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in broad daylight Tuesday after visiting a grocery store under the Manhattan Bridge. …

Happening Today + Lower East Side Links

–At 9:30 a.m., the City Council convened a hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s controversial proposal known as “Zoning for Quality & Affordability.” The plan faces widespread opposition, including that of Community Board 3. The mayor’s scheme was rejected by CB3 in November.

Community Board 3’s land use committee meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Seward Park Extension, 56 Essex St. Agenda items include: an Essex Crossing update and discussion of a special zoning district to aid small businesses.

–According to the Post, a woman was injured in a daytime mugging on Tuesday on Henry Street, near Forsyth Street.

City & State reports from yesterday’s City Council hearing on the mayor’s “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” plan. The message from numerous Council members, including local CM Rosie Mendez: the administration cannot be trusted when so many previous zoning initiaitives have gone wrong.

Channel 4 reports that rat complaints are up 140% in Chinatown.

EV Grieve offers a depressing roundup of some of the restaurants that have already closed in the East Village this year.

Robert Sietsema of Eater reports he’s found a “spectacular new dim sum” restaurant at Joy Luck Palace on Mott Street.

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Broome Street Traffic Flow Will Likely Be Reversed to Alleviate Construction Gridlock

Anyone who lives near the Essex Crossing construction sites knows that congestion from trucks has become both a quality of life issue in the local community as well as a potential safety hazard. …

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on Centre Street | Weather: Mostly cloudy today with a few flurries possible and a high of 41 | 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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Our Interview With Alice Cancel, Democratic Nominee in the 65th AD

Just a few weeks ago, Alice Cancel was dead set against running for the New York State Assembly seat in Lower Manhattan. But after local activists made their choice on Sunday, it’s exactly what she’s doing. …