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Vote For Your Favorite Ice Cream Saturday at the Hester Street Fair

Here’s something to power you through until the weekend arrives. The Hester Street Fair’s annual Ice Cream Social is happening on Saturday! …





Lower East Side Links

–On Friday night, local activists will mark 20 years since the auction that put CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center in the hands of developer Gregg Singer. [Facebook]

–Signs of things to come: Target opens a store on 14th Street. Another location will be unveiled on Grand Street in just a few weeks. [Bedford & Bowery]

–There’s a new commanding officer at the 9th Precinct. [EV Grieve]

–Abrons Arts Center announces its new season. [New York Times]

–One guy, 22-year-old Jack Powers, recently forked over $20,000 for a tattoo at Bang Bang, the Lower East Side shop that recently expanded to Soho. [New York Times]





City Council member Carlina Rivera with Council Speaker Corey Johnson at a news conference July 18, 2018. Photo by Emil Cohen/New York City Council.

Rivera’s Airbnb Bill Unanimously Approved By City Council

A bill sponsored by local City Council member Carlina Rivera aimed at Airbnb sailed through the Council yesterday. …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 | David Sierra took this photo on Delancey Street. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 83. |   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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FilmShop Collective Screens Annual Shorts Showcase This Saturday

Our friends at the filmmakers collective, FilmShop, host their annual night of themed short films this Saturday, July 21, at Rough Trade. They …

Rendering shows new bridge over Delancey Street to East River Park.

Groups Studying How to Care For Huge New East River Park

Sometime in the fall, community meetings for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project are expected to resume. …

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Katra Summer Film Series Returns to the Bowery for 6 Year Anniversary

Euphoria – directed by Wynter RhysAn artist is kidnapped by his fan base and dragged to face off with his 6 year old daughter …

Lower East Side Links

–The city very rarely issues noise violations to bars and clubs after residents contact 311 with complaints. [Channel 4]

–East Broadway, once known as “Little Fuzhou,” is in decline as a small business center in Chinatown. [World Journal via Voices of NY]

–Yesterday we mentioned a New York judge’s scolding of a high profile law firm for charging the Seward Park Co-op $464,000 in legal fees. The firm, Greenberg Traurig, responds in a statement: “We respectfully disagree with the characterization of our firm’s fees in this matter on which our client prevailed.” [New York Post]

–Joan Micklin Silver talks about casting “Crossing Delancey.” [Filmmaker Magazine]

–Shakespeare in the Parking Lot almost got booted from the Clemente, but the quirky summer production will be back on the Lower East Side starting Thursday evening. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Pete Wells says Una Pizza Napaletano is a restaurant “at war with itself.” [New York Times]

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Wednesdfay, July 18, 2018 | Seward Park, Summer 2018 | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 88. |  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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Wu’s Wonton King Set to Reopen Tomorrow After Renovations (Updated)

If you’ve been thinking of trudging over to Wu’s Wonton King in the stifling heat, give it another day. The popular Cantonese spot at 165 East Broadway is closed for the day. …

Lower East Side Links

–The city’s comptroller says renters on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown are forced to pay 15 percent of their annual income for first month’s rent and security deposit. He wants to see a new state law to give low-income renters some relief. [Curbed]

–A Lower East Side woman says her dog was attacked by a larger unleashed dog near Clinton Street and East Broadway. Now she’s posting flyers to warn other dog owners. [Channel 7]

–Greg David chimes in on the debate over the Union Square Tech Training Center, which some local activists want to block if the city doesn’t agree to a downzoning. He writes: “Downzoning is probably a bad idea anyway, but using it to derail a plan to address one of the city’s most important priorities—preparing New Yorkers, especially those from minority groups, for the well-paying jobs in the burgeoning tech sector—seems a misplaced priority. The question is whether Council Speaker Corey Johnson will allow neighborhood concerns to outweigh the needs of the city.” [Crain’s]

–A state supreme court judge calls the eye-popping legal fees in the Seward Park Co-op’s parking garage brouhaha, “highway robbery without the six-gun.” [New York Law Journal]

–Another so-so review for Anthony Mangieri’s Una Pizza Napoletano: “…there’s not much about this latest reboot that feels revelatory or groundbreaking, especially at these prices ($25 per pie)… But like music fans who’ll pay to see renditions of the songs they’ve heard again and again, you’ll find there’s a certain value to catching the performance of a quirky, uncompromising master of the genre practicing his craft night after night.” [Grub Street]

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(Sponsored) Happening Wednesday: Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Workshop

The public is invited to a workshop for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project, which covers an area south of Montgomery Street, extending through Battery Park City. See the flyer for more details. …

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Summer in the City: Alain Levitt took this photo on the mostly desolate “Delancey Street Plaza.” | Weather: Thunderstorms expected through the day, especially in the morning hours, with a high of 88. |  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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In Appreciation of Anthony Bourdain on Delancey Street

Bradley Theodore created this tribute to Anthony Bourdain. Thanks to Alan LeNoble for the photos. You can find the mural on Delancey Street between …

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Children’s Magical Garden Wins a Court Battle Against Developers

Members of the Children’s Magical Garden are celebrating a victory in their long legal battle with the owner of an adjacent Norfolk Street parcel. …