State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and Grand Street Settlement Executive Director Robert Cordero at a May 18 rally.

Masaryk Towers Rejects Pleas to Reconsider Rivington Street Closure

According to Grand Street Settlement, Masaryk Towers has rejected pleas to make accommodations for local residents impacted by the closure of the co-op’s Rivington Street gates. …

Lower East Side Links

–A look at the latest fundraising numbers for city elections coming up in four months, including in District 2, where a crowded field is competing to replace term limited CM Rosie Mendez. [Gotham Gazette]

–A few of the condo units at 265 East Houston St. (Suffolk Street) have finally hit the market for more than $2 million each. [Curbed]

–The city has cracked down on five stores – Zara, Uniqlo, Hollister, Topshop and American Eagle – which have violated zoning laws restricting stores to 10,000 square feet. City Council member Margaret Chin said, “I am pleased to see that some of the most egregious violators of the ban on oversized retail in SoHo are being held accountable.” Neighborhood activists are worried the retailers will receive little more than a slap on the wrist. [New York Post]

–Parks Department employees are reportedly being made to attend “spin” classes to more effectively evade community opposition to park projects. A city spokesperson says it is a “complete mischaracterization” to call the sessions spin classes. [New York Post]


Woman Attacked Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park By Suspect Carrying Bags of Marijuana

Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect for allegedly beating a woman unconscious early Saturday morning. …

Clinton Street, between Grand Street and East Broadway.

Boiler Overheats, Leading to Emergency Response at Fine Fare Gorcery

There was some excitement at the Fine Fare at 175 Clinton St. yesterday morning. …

Good Morning!


Monday, May 22, 2017 | Sitting on the steps of a closed Seward Park Library – Puma Perl took this photo yesterday. | Weather: We’ll see periods of rain throughout the day and a high of 63. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

568 Grand St Penthouse

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Lower East Side Links

–A bicyclist, 74-year-old Xin Kang Wang, died 10 days after he was doored by a taxi passenger. Wang lived on the Lower East Side. [Daily News]

–A teen was shot in the face with a BB gun while sitting in a park at East Houston Street and FDR Drive. He was treated for minor injuries. [Daily News]

–A new report on the April housing market shows that the Lower East Side offered the cheapest rents below 96th Street, with the average apartment going for $3135/month. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Empellón Cocina is closing on First Avenue and owner Alex Stupak has a lot to say about it. [EV Grieve]

–The Chinatown Art Brigade takes the fight against gentrification to the streets. [The Indypendent]

–Now Showing: “Taking It to the Streets! The Art & Design of Posters and Flyers on the Lower East Side in the ’80s & ’90s,” a project of ABC No Rio. [New York Times]

The Best NYC Blogs: We’re honored to be listed among a great group of local websites! [Thillist]

417 Grand St 2BR

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property


Rare to market, only corner 2BR/balcony unit currently for sale in the co-op! Spacious living room with …

Good Morning!

two bridges by abby sierros

Friday, May 19, 2017 | Here’s an early morning shot from Abby Sierros a.k.a. @forgtmenotabby | Weather: It should be slightly cooler, although still unseasonably warm, today with a high of 88. This weekend will bring back our regular spring temperatures – with highs in the 60s. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

LES Film Fest 2017

Lower East Side Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

The Lower East Side Film Festival has announced its upcoming slew of events happening June 8 – 15. The team promises “a huge line-up of …

(Rendering) Sunshine Cinema redevelopment scheme.

Sunshine Cinema Building Sold For $31.5 Million; Theater to Close in January 2018

It’s an announcement we’ve been expecting for a few years and one that many neighborhood residents have been dreading. …

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, May 17, 2017.

Teen Accused of Setting Synagogue Fire Released Into Parental Custody

Here’s the latest on the investigation into the destructive fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. …

Good Morning!

seward park butterfly

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | A glimpse of nature via the Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: Another oddly hot day is ahead. Mostly sunny skies with a high of 93. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Masaryk Towers' gate near Pitt Street. may 8.

Masaryk Towers-Grand Street Settlement in Talks; “Informational Rally” Scheduled

Tensions appear to have lessoned somewhat in the past week between Masaryk Towers and at least some of its neighbors. …

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill at the 7th Precinct. Photo courtesy of the 7th Precinct/Mike Mowery.

Police Commissioner Visits 7th Precinct

There was a surprise guest last night at the monthly 7th Precinct Community Council meeting: Police Commissioner James O’Neill. …