Morning Reads: Avenue A Robbery, Whitehouse Hotel Future, “Poor Door” Debate

A woman was robbed at knife-point early yesterday morning on Avenue A at 9th Street (Post).

The Whitehouse Hotel is “temporarily closing.” (EV Grieve).

Editorial: “Poor doors” aren’t so bad if it means building more affordable housing (NYT).

The Times is wrong on affordable housing (Gothamist).

Tonight on public television: the history of New York’s schmatta trade (NYT).

Good Morning!

Photo by Sara Krivisky.

Photo by Sara Krivisky.

Thanks to Sara Krivisky for this view of last night’s gorgeous sunset.  It might be the unofficial beginning of the fall season today but it will feel like summer.  Partly cloudy with a high of 93.

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Mayor de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at P.S. 1 in April. Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's office.

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Breaking: Katz’s Deli Makes a Deal to Sell Air Rights; Restaurant Will Remain

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Katz’s Deli, 205 East Houston St.

Some big news from Katz’s Deli this morning. Co-owner Jake Dell just sent along word that the legendary restaurant at the corner of East Houston and Ludlow streets has “a deal in place for the sale of (its) air rights.” Here’s a bit more detail from Dell:

The most important thing is that the future of Katz’s is secure — at the end of the day, no developer can ever come in and knock us down to put in a high rise. At no point will anyone value the corner of Houston and Ludlow for anything other than Katz’s Delicatessen. A year after our 125th anniversary, this will help ensure that we can see our 150th, and hopefully many more to come.

More to come as soon as we learn more information. Dell said details of the deal cannot be disclosed, at least not right now.

UPDATE 11:19 a.m. A few (very few) details based on a phone conversation with Jake Dell.  We asked what kind of deal had been made with the mystery buyer — Is it possible that the current single-story structure will be demolished and replaced with a new tower (with Katz’s on the ground floor)? — Or have the air rights been purchased so that they can be transferred to an adjacent lot?

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New Mural at Verlaine Highlights Nelson Mandela’s Message of Love

Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

The national and international news headlines this summer have been pretty grim. The Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, the Staten Island police brutality controversy and the war in Gaza are just some of the events weighing heavily on many people. Gary Weingarten, co-owner of Lower East Side bar Verlaine, decided to make a statement about what’s happening on the roll-down great outside his 13-year old Rivington Street establishment.

Morning Reads: Bridge Security Changes, Bowery Gentrification Photos, Banksy Documentary

New security measures are being put in place around all four East River bridges as a result of a tourist’s Brooklyn Bridge climbing stunt (Channel 7).

Think the Bowery has changed a lot in the past decade? A photo tour illustrates the dramatic transformation ahead (Curbed).

Los Perros Locos on Allen Street is shuttering. Owner Alex Mitow tells supporters: “Running a retail storefront in the Lower East Side is, simply put, no longer financially and creatively viable for me… The storefront space at 201 Allen will undergo a rapid transformation to become the LESpace <working title>, a raw incubator space for pop-ups, chefs, artists, and other creative outlets.” (Facebook)

CMJ announces the initial lineup for this year’s music festival (Zumic).

“Banksy Does New York,” a documentary about the renowned street artist’s month-long residency, will debut on HBO in November (Hollywood Reporter).

Don’t Worry If You Hear an Explosion on Broome Street Tonight; It’s a TV Shoot

From NotifyNYC: On Friday, August 29, the filming of a TV series (Blue Bloods/CBS) will include a simulated explosion involving a car on Broome Street between Suffolk and Clinton streets. This stunt will occur once between 8-10 p.m. NYPD and FDNY will be on site.

Good Morning!

East Broadway; this past weekend.

East Broadway; this past weekend.

Your holiday weekend is here! Sunny and 79 today. Partly cloudy tomorrow and 76. Isolated storms on Sunday with a high of 89.  And on Monday, Labor Day, more isolated storms possible and a high of 88.



Reunion of the Lower East Side Bands – Saturday at East River Park

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Traffic Accident on South Street Injures Three Women (Updated 3:50 p.m.)


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Morning Reads: Met Council Woes, Why the LES is Hot, ABC No Rio Show

A closer look at the Met Council’s continuing struggle to find its footing after the William Rapfogel embezzlement scandal (The Forward).

A new audit shows a state program dedicated to preserving affordable housing is plagued by mismanagement (NYT).

It’s hotter on the LES than in some other neighborhoods (Curbed).

East Village then and now: revisiting 1984 (EV Grieve).

Looking at a new exhibition focused on zines, ABC No Rio and the counterculture movement on the Lower East Side in the 1980′s (Hyperallergic).

Good Morning!

Avenue C & East 2nd Street.

Avenue C & East 2nd Street. Photo by Joel Raskin.

Sunny today with a high of 82.