Photo by Amy Robinson.

Signs of Change in Seward Park

Seward Park is now officially a “Work in Progress.” …





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Essex Street Market Turns 79

In the winter of 1940, Mayor LaGuardia formally opened the Essex Market, the fourth of ten public markets in New York City designed to move pushcarts off the street and vendors into stall spaces within modern indoor markets. …





Lower East Side Links

–After 121 years as a print publication, The Forward will go digital only in the spring. [New York Post]

–The city will launch its proposed Soho rezoning in February. [Curbed]

–A Whole Foods shopper is suing the grocery chain after an altercation involving a security guard at the East Houston Street location. [Daily News]

–The Stanton Street Shul opens a new gallery and celebrates a “growth spurt.” [The New York Jewish Week]

–A tour of the slave galleries at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. [Untapped Cities]

–92-year-old Lower East Side artist Nathan Hilu is still going strong. [The New York Jewish Week]

–Local designer Sandy Liang draws inspiration from Chinatown grandmas. Her new fleece has become popular with lots of men, including her friend, Mission Chinese chef Danny Bowien. [GQ]

Sunrise Over the East River

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Good morning! Puma Perl captured the sun coming up on the Lower East Side yesterday.

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Third Street Music School to Host Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Our friends at Third Street Music School are hosting a free Martin Luther King day celebration on Monday, January 21, from 12 – 2pm. …

Lower East Side Links

–Police are looking for a suspect who slashed a man inside Remedy Diner on East Houston Street at around 4 a.m. this past Friday. [Daily News]

–Judy and Michael Rapfogel landed a big lobbying contract and are now back in Albany. [The Forward]

–At a meeting of the MTA board today, an engineering consultant is expected to say there are no major health concerns about the governor’s scheme for repairing the L Train tunnel, even though a report conducted a few years ago raised worries about  cancer-causing dust. [New York Times]

–It’s costing the city $10 a ride to subsidize the mayor’s ferry system. [New York Post]

–The Metrograph theater is opening its own film distribution company. [Deadline]

–Last of the arcades: Chinatown Fair has somehow managed to survive on Mott Street since the 1940s. [New York Times]

–You can now see the full facade of the historic Hamilton-Holly House on St. Mark’s Place after an extensive renovation. [EV Grieve]

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Pristine Commercial White Box Space for Lease (Sponsored)

Pristine white boxed space in a new construction with a unique private front patio is available at 103 Norfolk Street, Between Delancey …

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Interested in Serving on Your Community Education Council? Info Session Jan. 31

An information session is coming up for anyone interested in running for a seat on the city’s community education councils. It’s being sponsored by …

Photo via Rep. Velazquez's Twitter.

Rep. Velazquez Rallies on Lower East Side Against Government Shutdown

Photo via Rep. Velazquez’s Twitter.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of the Lower East Side, rallied with union officials and public advocates …

A Quiet Day on Doyers Street

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Good morning! Today’s photo is by David Sierra.

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Group Art Show Opens Sunday in Newly Renovated Gallery at Stanton Street Shul

Coming up this weekend at the Stanton Street Shul, it’s the opening of a group art show curated by David Wander. “The Stanton 11″ …

Lower East Side Links

–New York City Transit chief Andy Byford dropped in on a Community Board 3 meeting this week, promising to fully vet the governor’s L Train repair scheme. [Gothamist]

–Mount Sinai details its plans for a behavioral health center in the former Rivington House building. [Villager]

–The mayor says he’s going to push for a vacancy tax on empty storefronts. [Daily News]

–Patton Hindle, co-founder of the Lower East Side gallery, “yours mine & ours,” talks about the reasons for closing the Eldridge Street space. [Artnet News]

–Comedian Michael Che, who grew up in Lower East Side public housing, talks about his fundraiser for NYCHA. [New York Times]

–The rooftop bar at the citizenM Bowery is now open. [Time Out]

Lower East Side Sunrise, Jan. 7, 2019

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Good morning! Puma Perl took this photo at sunrise earlier in the week.

Rendering from recent presentation from the city on the revised plan for the East River waterfront.

City Council Will Hold Oversight Hearing on Revised East River Flood Protection Plan

In the community, there are many unanswered questions about the city’s sudden decision to overhaul the plan for a flood barrier along the East River. …

Sunset Over the Williamsburg Bridge

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Andrea DiFiore took this recent photo, the Williamsburg Bridge bathed in late day sunlight.