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Confederate Flags in Windows of East 8th Street Building Upset Local Residents

In the past 24 hours, two community members have sent us photos that show Confederate flags in the windows of an East 8th Street building. …





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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 | Justin Yi took this photo on Broome St. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning, with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon, and a high of 82. |  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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From the Lower East Side to the Executive Suite: Sylvia Montero Tells Her Story

A video interview with a trailblazer from the neighborhood. …

Lower East Side Links

–A retrial date for Sheldon Silver has been set, although the former Lower East Side assemblyman is still taking his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A new federal corruption trial is tentatively scheduled to begin April 16 of next year. [New York Law Journal]

–Advocates for landlords don’t care for a legislative package approved by the City Council last week that cracks down on property owners of rent stabilized buildings. [Real Estate Weekly]

–What’s being done to protect small business in New York City? Not much.  “Right now, unchecked real estate speculation and limited protections for small-business owners mean that there is little protection against ultimately having a national bank and pharmacy on every corner.” [Architects Newspaper]

–Local Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and 31 colleagues are supporting legislation urging Donald Trump to fire white supremacists working in the White House. [Talking Points Memo]

–A look at three cheap dining options within walking distance of the Grand Street B Station. [Daily News]

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Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Joel Raskin took this photo on Delancey Street. | Weather: A mix of clouds and sun today with a high of 89. |  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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Two Bridges Tenants Edge Closer to Lawsuit Over Three Mega-Towers

“Follow the law.” That was the battle cry from local residents and tenant organizers this morning outside the offices of the Department of City Planning. The agency is now evaluating three gigantic towers that developers are seeking to build in the Two Bridges area. …

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Dirt Candy Switches to Tasting Menu Format

Amanda Cohen’s Allen Street restaurant, Dirt Candy, is rebooting next month with a tasting menu-only format at dinnertime. …

Lower East Side Links

–Former City Council member Alan Gerson is thinking about running for Daniel Squadron’s state senate seat. [Tribeca Trib]

–The Post’s editorial board takes a swipe at former State Sen. Daniel Squadron, saying he bears responsibility for quitting too late to trigger a Democratic Primary.  “Instead of pushing arcane fixes to the campaign-finance laws, self-proclaimed ‘reformers’ ought to take up that challenge — or stop pretending they really want to clean up politics.” [New York Post)

–Several groups, including CAAAV and GOLES, will rally at the Department of City Planning today to “protect the Two bridges neighborhood” from mega-tower hell. Incidentally, City Council candidate Christopher Marte will hold a separate event this morning, blasting Council member Margaret Chin for her handling of the Two Bridges issue. [Facebook]

–The gallery, 47 Canal, is moving back to its original Canal Street space. [Artnet News]

–A tribute to Lam Zhou, one of the city’s best dumpling shops. The East Broadway hole-in-the-wall recently closed. [Eater]

–Danny Meyer’s casual pizza spot, Martina, opens on East 11th Street this coming weekend. [Grub Street]

–There’s a blood drive at the 7th Precinct today. [Twitter]

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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. | Weather: Thunderstorms this morning and then again in the afternoon with a high of 79. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.comor tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Tiffany Washington of I.M. Pastry Studio. Photo courtesy of Lower East Side Partnership.

I.M. Pastry Studio, Complete With Tequila-Infused Cupcakes, Opens in Essex Street Market

There’s a new arrival at the Essex Street Market. …

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Lower East Side Rat Reduction Plan – Public Meeting Tuesday Evening

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced a $32 million program to combat rats in several problem areas throughout the city. Good news/bad news: the …

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NYC Files Application For Corlears Hook Ferry Dock

The summer of 2017 isn’t over yet, but we’re already looking forward to the summer of 2018, when the city’s expanded ferry service will add a Lower East Side stop. …

Lower East Side Links

–State election law is under new scrutiny after it became apparent that local State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s replacement will be chosen by Democratic Party bosses, not the people-at-large. “Ethics watchdogs said Mr. Squadron should have finished his term or indicated his plans earlier to thwart the (county) committee-selection process.” In an interview, Squadron said the timing of his new job helping to elect Democrats to national office could not be helped.  “A more open process would have been vastly preferable had this opportunity to focus on changing the tide nationally allowed for it. It’s another sign that Albany needs to be reformed,” said Squadron. [Wall Street Journal/subscription required]

–Opinion: Brooklyn political club leaders highlight the fact that State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s successor could be picked by the chairs of his district’s county committees, rather than by the full membership of those committees. [Gotham Gazette]

–Here’s a ranking of City Council members based on attendance, number of bills introduced and enacted and responsiveness to constituent questions. District 1 Council member Margaret Chin is #22. District 2 Council member Rosie Mendez is #20. [City & State]

–A toll for the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges? Congestion pricing proposals are back on the table as New York’s transportation crisis intensifies. [New York Times]

–Abrons Arts Center releases its schedule for the new season. Highlights include a parody of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Elevator Repair Service. Abrons’ new creative director, Craig Peterson, noted, “Gun control, immigration and gentrification are central themes in the performances and exhibitions that will take over our stages and galleries in the coming months.” [New York Times]

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Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 | Lori Weissman took this photo on Eldridge Street. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with a high of 84. | 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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Amazing Subleases, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

Check out our amazing subleases! We have something for everyone and every budget! – 1 to 3 bedrooms, ranging from $2,300 to $4,500. This is just a sample; click through to see them all!” …