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Producers Looking to Adapt “Hester Street” For Broadway

Hester Street, the 1975 film set on the Lower East Side, is being adapted for Broadway. Film producer Ira Deutchman told Indiewire he’s developing the project in consultation with Joan Micklin Silver, who wrote and directed the indie movie. …

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RIP Essex Street Market Vendor Ron Budinas

The Essex Street Market is a close-knit community. So it hit especially hard a few weeks ago when a longtime member of the market’s family, Ron Budinas, suffered a fatal heart attack. …

Lower East Side Links

–The politics of Beth Israel’s dramatic downsizing: “After recent fights over the closings of St. Vincent’s in Manhattan and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, Mount Sinai leaders wished to avoid creating the perception that a beloved community institution such as Beth Israel was closing. The problem for Sinai officials is that few are buying their story. Local politicians released statements that could best be described as cautiously pessimistic.” [Politico New York]

–A Chinatown shop owner is one of the suspects in a multi-million dollar counterfeit perfume bust. [Daily News]

–The Chrystie Street bike lane plan was approved by Community Board 3 this week. [Streetsblog]

–Year after year, residents near Sara D. Roosevelt Park wait on the Parks Department to finally open a public bathroom on Stanton Street. [DNA Info]

–“Enfant Terribles” Terrence Koh is back on the Lower East Side with a show at Andrew Edlin’s new Bowery gallery. [New York Times]

Local activists and elected officials rallied at Rivington House in April.

Rivington House Petition: It’s Time For the Mayor to Do the Right Thing

You can add your voice to the chorus demanding the return of the former nursing facility to the people on the Lower East Side. …

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Morning Rush: Alan LeNoble took this photo Monday on 1st Avenue as people waited for the M15 bus | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a high of 88 | Get The Morning Lo-Down every weekday – fresh Lower East Side news delivered to your in-box. Sign up here.

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Brewer, Chin Push Legislation to Reform Deed Change Process

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin unveiled proposed legislation today that would require more transparency for changes in deed …


Three Candidates Vye to Lead Community Board 3

Gigi Li is relinquishing her position as board chairperson after four years (new rules prevent her from running for a fifth one-year term). Last night, three candidates were nominated for chairperson. …

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Beth Israel is Closing; Smaller Hospital Planned on 2nd Avenue

Beth Israel Hospital, a fixture on the Lower East Side since 1889, is shuttering its 16th Street building and opening a much smaller facility …

Lower East Side Links

–An advisor to the deputy mayor for health and human services, emails show, was in communication with Rivington House’s owner in late 2014. The new evidence indicates “a growing circle of people around the mayor was made aware of developments around the complicated sale.” [Politico New York]

–This morning at City Hall, City Council member Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer unveil legislation meant to prevent another Rivington House debacle. [New York Post]

–The mayor was initially resisting direct contact with the people but has now embraced interaction with New Yorkers as a way of circumventing the mainstream media. [Newsday]

–Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is asking the MTA to study a bus-only 14th Street while the L Train is shut doen. [Streetsblog]

–The Lightstone Group is planning a 300 room hotel on East 11th Street. [The Real Deal]

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Here’s a shot of East River Park near the Williamsburg Bridge | Weather: Are you ready for summer? Sunny skies today with a high of 89 | Get The Morning Lo-Down every weekday – fresh Lower East Side news delivered to your in-box. Sign up here.


Annual Loisaida Festival Returns This Sunday

The annual Loisaida Festival returns on Sunday, May 29, for its 29th year of celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino culture and heritage throughout the …

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Now Open: Les Enfants Delice Takeaway Shop

Les Enfants de Bohème opened for business at 177 Henry St. last summer on a block with few dining options. The new project from …

Renderings from: Seward Park Conservancy.

Seward Park a Winner of “Parks Without Borders” Competition

A local organization, the Seward Park Conservancy, launched a robust campaign for a piece of a $40 million pie that will be divided among eight recipients. …

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Help Redesign the Corlears Hook Park Dog Run Thursday Night

On Thursday evening, the NYC Parks Department is hosting a public meeting on the Lower East Side to discuss the renovation of the dog …

Protest at 445 East 9th St.; May 9.

Following Protest, Icon Realty Hires “Chief Safety Officer”

Protest at 445 East 9th St.; May 9.

Earlier this month, residents, elected officials and activists at the Cooper Square Committee raised their voices …