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seward park

Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day | This morning’s photo is by the Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: The rain is ending this morning but we’ll see cloudy skies for the remainder of the day and a high of 60. | We’ll see you back here after the holiday.

568 Grand St 1BR

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Realty


Very desirable mint corner unit with both northern & eastern exposures, East River, and midtown skyline views! Spacious …

Lower East Side Links

–The Peter Blum Gallery, forced from its 57th Street home, will be moving to a 7,000 square foot space at 176 Grand St. [Art News]

–Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, have a “little known” business partner, the secretive CIM Group. While it’s not mentioned in the article, the Los Angeles-based real estate company is co-developing one of the gigantic projects planned for the waterfront in the Two Bridges area. [WNYC]

–Neo-Nazi slogans appear on a sidewalk in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

–Where to live when the L Train shuts down? Yeah, get ready for the Brooklyn invasion. [New York Times]

–The International Center of Photography returns to its roots with Magnum Manifesto. [New York Times]

–More on Dale Talde’s new rooftop bar at Hotel 50 Bowery. [Eater]

–Drake and Nicki Minaj will be front and center when the NBA debuts its awards show at Basketball City/Pier 36 next month. [ESPN]


(Sponsored) The Lower Manhattan Resiliency Project is Back!


Learn more about the LMCR Project HERE and join us on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Rutgers …

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Friday, May 26, 2017 | Local resident and artist Steve Mumford took this photo yesterday morning along the East River near Cherry Street. | Weather: More rain expected through the day today with a high of 75. Mostly cloudy and 72 tomorrow. A mix of sun and clouds on Sunday and 67. For Monday, Memorial Day, look for morning showers and a high of 72. | Enjoy the holiday!

essex street market 2

A First Look at the New Essex Street Market; City Seeks Two New Restaurants

A year before the scheduled move of the Essex Street Market into a new home in the Essex Crossing project, city officials are going public with a few details about the new facility. …

Christopher Marte announces his candidacy April 29 in front of Rivington House.

Campaign For District 1: City Council Endorsements, Campaign Cash Update

The Democratic Primary for New York City Council elections is less than four months away. It’s been awhile since we updated the campaign for the Council seat in District 1, so here’s the latest. …

577 Grand St 2BR

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Karpoff Affiliates

Gorgeous 2 Bedroom with Terrace on High Floor! Water views, as well as the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Great …

Lower East Side Links

–Transportation advocates are worried about the MTA’s plan for the L Train shutdown in 2019, saying the transit authority does not appear to be prioritizing dedicated bus service on surface streets. [Streetsblog]

–The Real Estate Board of New York is pushing to roll back the commercial rent tax on many NYC buildings. [The Real Deal]

–An investor in Mission Cantina, the shuttered Orchard Street restaurant, is suing owner/chef Danny Bowien. [Grub Street]

–Shake Shack is coming to Astor Place. [New York Post]

–Alumni Report: Ursula Burns steps down as head of Xerox. Burns grew up on the Lower East Side. [Rochester Business Journal]

331 East Houston St.

Report: Mahfar’s Rental Property at 331 East Houston St. Sold For $61 Million

Lower East Side developer Samy Mahfar and Halpern Real Estate Ventures are reportedly selling a rental apartment building they developed a couple of years ago at 331 East Houston St. for $61 million. …

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broome street

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Lee Brozgol took this photo earlier in the month on Broome Street. | Weather: Rain and thunderstorms today with a high of 62. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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

Two Bridges Environmental Review Hearings Take Place Tomorrow

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

A variety of Lower East Side groups will be delivering …

samuel dickstein plaza

(Opinion) Let’s Call Samuel Dickstein Plaza Pitt Street!

Earlier this month, the New York Times revisited efforts to rename Samuel Dickstein Plaza, a small stretch below Grand Street, for Henry Street Settlement …

Lower East Side Links

–The Trump administration’s proposed budget would cut $340 million from NYCHA and raise the amount of income tenants must pay towards rent from 30% to 35%. GOLES Executive Director Damaris Reyes says, “There have been many people in the past who have felt the 30% should be lower… For people making minimum wage, it’s crazy that they’re thinking of” raising it to 35%. [Daily News]

–CRG Gallery, which has been located on Chrystie Street for the last couple of years, is closing after 25 years in NYC. [Art News]

–Morton Williams will reportedly be taking over the Stuy Town space currently occupied by Associated Supermarket. [Town & Village]

–Bar Goto on Eldridge Street is Time Out New York’s “bar of the year.” [Time Out]

–Chef Franco Noriega’s tiny Peruvian chicken spot, Baby Brasa, might work fine on the Lower East Side, but Robert Sietsema is not impressed with a much larger and more ambitious restaurant he just opened on 7th Avenue South. [Eater]

–Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge, which opened on this date in 1883!

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chinatown rain

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo earlier in the month in Chinatown. Seems appropriate on this grey day. | Weather: Rain this morning, followed by cloudy skies and a high of 68. More rain likely overnight. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.