Kathleen Thomas, at left, and Susan King, at right,  voted early at the Campos Plaza Community Center on Sunday. Photo by Kari Jensen.

New Yorkers Flock to Early Voting Stations in Droves

Not known for sitting back, New Yorkers turned out in record numbers to vote this past weekend. …


Early Voting Begins; Long Lines on the Lower East Side

There are reports of long lines across New York City, the first day of early voting for the 2020 General Election. It’s definitely the …

Lower East Side Links

–The Strand, experiencing a catastrophic loss in business due to COVID-19, is asking for help. [Gothamist]

–Jing Fong, Chinatown’s largest restaurant, reopens for indoor dining. “But the elephant in the room, as it is with many restaurants around the city, is rent. While the Lam family (Jing Fong’s owners) placated the landlord with some of the restaurant’s Paycheck Protection Program money, they haven’t paid their rent in full for seven months, and there are no official discussions about waiving even a portion of it. That bill will come due at some point. Even if their business recovers with indoor dining as well as the Lam family hopes, the survival of Manhattan’s largest Chinese restaurant is uncertain.” [Eater]

–A new report illustrates just how devastating job losses have been in New York’s Asian communities. [NY1]

–Mission Chinese is gone from the Lower East Side but the controversy over the restaurant’s toxic work culture lives on.  Danny Bowien has gone public, addressing a multitude of allegations from former employees. [Eater]

–Police were investigating after the body of an 87-year-old man was found in an apartment on Grand Street. [AM New York]

–Even though the mayor has delayed the opening of new jails to replace Rikers Island, plans are moving forward for the design of a new Chinatown jail. [The City]

–Part of the argument for rezoning Soho is that it could lead to more affordable housing construction, but the truth is there are very few available building sites in the neighborhood. Here’s a look at what could be realistically built and where. [Curbed]

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A Reminder, On the Williamsburg Bridge

Elizabeth. Scaffidi Vote

An evening photo by Elizabeth Scaffidi from The Williamsburg Bridge reminds us to vote. Early voting in NYC starts tomorrow, Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020. You can find your pollsite here. If you’d like to submit a photo, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us, #lodownny, on Instagram here.

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Lower East Side Cactus and Succulent Society Announces Fundraising Pop Up

A fundraiser to open up a funky new community space in the Lower East Side has popped up at the Dover Street Market. …

A Misty View – Grand Ferry Park

Grand Ferry Park by John Maher

John Maher sent along this moody picture of Grand Ferry Park, along the East River. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Manousheh on Grand Street - photo by The Lo-Down.

Manousheh Announces Grand Opening on Grand Street

A salve for the slew of recent restaurant closures: A new outpost from Lebanese home style bakery, Manousheh has announced its grand opening at 403 Grand St. …

Photos by Fannie Ip. District Leader Caroline Laskow and City Council candidate Jenny Low were two of the 20 people who participated.

Friends of Montgomery Triangle Park Holds 2nd Annual “It’s My Park Day” Event

Organizer Fanny Ip sent along these photos from the Friends of Montgomery Triangle Park 2nd Annual “It’s My Park Day” event, held over the weekend. Friends of MTP, is a volunteer group currently working to get funding for the renovations, revitalization and maintenance at Montgomery Triangle Park …

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Red Silk Dancers Wave Red Ribbons on Pier 35

Thanks to Francisca Benítez for sending along these photos from the Red Silk Dancers workshop, held yesterday at Pier 35, as part of Chinatown …

Fall, Arriving in Seward Park


Fall is slowly arriving in Seward Park. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.


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Essex Market Offers Free Pumpkin Decorating For the Whole Family

Essex Market hosts a free family event next Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am – 12:00 pm. You can find them on Broome Street, between Essex …

Lower East Side Links

–Tyrese Haspil pleads not guilty in the murder of his former boss, tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh. The grizzly crime happened in Saleh’s Lower East Side condo. [The Daily News]

–Cancel rent? Chinatown landlord Jan Lee says it’s not quite so simple: “All of these things that you hear about ‘well, just cancel the rent and the landlord will find a way to make it happen,’ that is not true for the most part for a lot of immigrant landlords and particularly those landlords who are people of color, and there’s a lot of us.” [Channel 2]

–Chloë Sevigny introduces her baby to the wonders of B&H Dairy. [The New Yorker]

–Touring the East Village with Luc Sante. [The New York Times]

–Meet the award winning teacher, Lou Lahana, who runs an innovative program at the Lower East Side’s P.S. 188 that uses art and technology to confront homelessness. [Chalkbeat]

–Remembering Chhapte Sherpa, a beloved member of the Russ & Daughters family, whose “smile, good humor, positive attitude, insightfulness, and care for others made every day better by just being around him.” [Russ & Daughters Instagram]


Think! Chinatown Kicks Off Chinatown Arts Week

Think! Chinatown kicked off their 3rd annual Chinatown Arts Week on Friday. Live events in Chinatown and online run from October 16-25. Highlights include …

Painting on Pier 35

Pier 35 by Roger Bultot

It was a nice sunny, fall day for an outdoor painting class at Pier 35 yesterday. This photo is by Roger Bultot.  If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.