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Police Investigate After Swastikas Scrawled Inside Hillman Houses

Police are investigating an act of anti-Semitism on the Lower East Side after several swastikas were found scribbled inside the Hillman Houses on Grand …

Lower East Side Links

–Essex crossing teases its new high-end condo building at 202 Broome St. [Curbed]

–A YIMBY group, Open New York, is making a case for affordable housing as a way to push through a Soho rezoning. [Crain’s]

–Performance Space New York will turn the institution over to artists to run for one year. [Artforum]

–The Year of the Rat: Lunar New Year celebrations begin in Chinatown tomorrow (Saturday) with the annual Firecracker Ceremony in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The parade isn’t happening until next month. [Channel 7]

–Nightlife “spirit animal” Omar Hernandez opens “Omar’s La Boîte” on Broome Street. [New York Times]

Photos from FDNY.

Five Alarm Fire Tears Through Chinatown Building That’s Home to Several Non-Profits

A three alarm fire broke out in a city-owned building at 70 Mulberry St. last night, injuring three people and impacting several non-profit organizations housed in the property across from Columbus Park in the heart of Chinatown. …

Sheldon Silver in happier times - at Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade in 2012.

Appeals Court Overturns Part of Sheldon Silver’s Corruption Conviction

Sheldon Silver in happier times – at Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade in 2012.

A federal appeals court this week overturned part of Sheldon …

City Lights


Jacob Goldman took this photo from an apartment in the Seward Park Cooperative.

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Lower East Side Links

- The Lower East Side Ecology Center’s popular compost yard is under threat as the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project looms. [Curbed]

– Neighborhood real estate comes in at number 5, in the highest median sale increases in the city in the last ten years. [AMNY]

– A high-end Omakase restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono is slated to come to 177 Ludlow Street, between Houston and Stanton streets (previously occupied by Black Tap). [RealEstateWeekly]

– Beloved and legendary film director Sidney Lumet, (“12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” among others) who grew up on the Lower East Side, finally gets a proper biography treatment. [WaPo]

– The NYPD has appointed the first Dominican American Chief of Patrol. Lower East Sider Fausto Pichardo is currently the highest ranking Hispanic officer in the NYPD. [Pix11]

– Actress Jennifer Coolidge got the NY Times treatment when she recently visited Orchard Grocer, the vegan bodega and sandwich shop. [NYTimes]


Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Seward Park Improvements

The $6 million renovation of Seward Park was completed several weeks ago, and people in the neighborhood have been enjoying the much-improved plaza linking …

Evening Sky on the LES

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Here is a lovely evening sky, caught in the neighborhood by @hspenceryoung


International Center of Photography Opens Jan. 25

Another piece of the Essex Crossing mega-project is ready for its closeup. The International Center of Photography (ICP) will officially open its new 40,000 …

Seen on FDR Drive


This photo was taken over the weekend by Tommy Loeb.


Another Company Seeks Permit For Bus Stop Used By Operator in Fatal Crash

On Tuesday evening, Community Board 3’s transportation committee will consider an application from an additional bus operator seeking to use a curbside location at …

Lower East Side Links

–Outside a hookah bar near East 7th Street and Avenue A, cops kill a gunman who had reportedly fatally shot another man during an altercation. [Daily News]

–A homeless man was arrested in connection with the assault of a woman near East Houston Street and East 2nd Street. [AM New York]

–There will be a rally at the Church of the Nativity as speculation grows that the Archdiocese has sold or is about to sell the shuttered property. [EV Grieve]

–Chef Ryan Bartlow explains the ins and outs of the menu at Ernesto’s, his new Basque restaurant on East Broadway.  [Grub Street]

–Another take on Ernesto’s. [Gothamist]

East River Sunset


Good morning! Susan Levinson took this photo a couple of nights ago as the sun faded on another winter day on the Lower East Side.

Lower East Side Links

–Big real estate, including two landlords with significant Lower East Side holdings (Cammeby’s International and Taconic Investment Partners), are reportedly going after Democratic state senators who were instrumental in the passage of landmark rent reform legislation. [The Real Deal]

–A Chinatown butcher got in trouble with federal authorities for selling uninspected meat products. [Daily News]

–State regulators reject a request from a landlord on East Broadway to install a biometric fingerprint entry system. [Gothamist]

–You have until Jan. 21 to apply to join your local community board. [Manhattan BP]

–Tonight at Abrons Arts Center, the City of New York offers residents the opportunity to sound off on Where We Live NYC, a draft report examining the impacts of segregation in local communities. [Facebook]

–Forlini’s, the classic red sauce Italian spot in Chinatown, will close when the family eventually sells its building. [Eater]

–The latest on Zum Schneider’s closing date and plans for the future. [EV Grieve]