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Here’s How You Can Help Ricky Leung’s Family

Ricky Leung’s family could use a little help. …





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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | From @artdognyc this is the latest creation from @magdaloveart. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with 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.





Local activists hang a banner from 141 Ridge St. Photo courtesy of Cooper Square Committee.

Steve Croman’s Tenants Deliver a Message They Hope He’ll Receive in Prison

Notorious Manhattan landlord Steven Croman isn’t expected to be released from prison until next month, but some of his tenants on the Lower East Side last week decided to give him an early welcome home present. …

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Loisaida Festival Returns Sunday, May 27

Coming up on Sunday, May 27, the Loisaida Festival returns to Avenue C for its 21st year. …

Lower East Side Links

–Two bills, one proposed by local Council member Margaret Chin, will be introduced this week with the aim of curbing placard parking abuse. [Channel 5]

–Developer Michael Shah is buying a large collection of buildings from Silvershore Propoerties for more than $100 million. Most of the properties are in Brooklyn, but a couple are located on the Lower East Side. [The Real Deal]

–“The genteel racism behind the New York Times’ Canal Street gentrification” story: “There are about 26,000 people of Asian descent living in Chinatown, with 44 percent living below the poverty line. But they’re not represented in the Times story either in terms of historical context or modern-day opinion.” [Huffington Post]

–Desiree Cancela fled Puerto Rico for New York City after Hurricane Maria. She’s gotten a job and her daughter has been accepted at Manhattan Charter School on the Lower East Side. But Cancela can’t find an affordable place to live. She says a NYCHA supervisor told her, “Go back to Puerto Rico.” [BuzzFeed]

–Dan Sweeney, a bartender at the 11th Street Bar, is purchasing the establishment along with partners Diarmuid and Meghan Joye, the Lower East Side residents who own Donnybrook and Lucky Jack’s. [EV Grieve]

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | Let’s rip up Clinton Street one more time, shall we? | Weather: Rain off-and-on today with a high of 68. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Essex Crossing's developers were honored at the Essex Street Market Block Part held May 19, 2018.

At a Soggy Block Party, Essex Street Market Vendors Look to the Future

It was pretty much a washout Saturday at the Essex Street Market’s annual Block Party, but merchants and customers alike braved the elements and made the best of it. …

Croman tenants rally outside the Manhattan Supreme Court in June of 2016.

Steve Croman Figures Prominently in New York Times’ Housing Crisis Series

The New York Times just rolled out a multi-part series investigating New York City’s broken system ostensibly meant to protect rent regulated housing. …

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Monday, May 21, 2018 | David Sierra took this photo on Division Street. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 77. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Pier 36 aerial shot from promotional video.

Pier 36 Repairs Could Begin Next Month; But Who’s Picking Up the Bill? (Updated)

In the past few weeks we have been trying, without much success, to find out what’s happening at Pier 36. …

Photo courtesy of Chinatown Partnership.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebrations In Chinatown Sunday

Photo courtesy of Chinatown Partnership.

On Sunday, the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Festival makes its return to Chinatown. It takes place on …

Essex Street Market Block Party 2016.

Reminder: Essex Street Market Block Party is Coming Up Saturday

Essex Street Market Block Party 2016.

Here’s a reminder about this weekend’s Essex Street Market Block Party. Yes, the weather looks a little bit …

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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property

A CUT ABOVE!

Enter this airy, light filled top floor penthouse and be greeted by walls of windows opening to you very …

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Friday, May 18, 2018 | A street in Chinatown in bursting with spring colors and greenery. @gguten took this photo. | Weather: Cloudy skies today and windy with a high of 64. We’ll likely see some rain tonight, continuing into tomorrow. Showers Saturday with a high of 59. Scattered thunderstorms on Sunday and 79. |  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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Essex Crossing Park Begins to Take Shape

Thanks to Robert Cordero, Grand Street Settlement’s executive director, who sent along this overhead view of Essex Crossing Site 5. Workers this week have …