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Sunset Over Masaryk Towers

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Susan Levinson caught the sun setting on our NYC skyline, above Masaryk Towers. Send us your neighborhood photos at: or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Lower East Side Links

–Attempted murder charges have been filed against a suspect who allegedly stabbed a 36-year-old Asian man in the back in Chinatown. Prosecutors have decided not to charge the suspect with a hate crime. [ABC News]

–There was a big rally in Foley square yesterday to make a strong statement against anti-Asian violence and racism. [Channel 7]

–“American Dream Tarnished;” Jason Wang of Xi’an Famous Foods conveys what it’s like dealing with anti-Asian racism. [The New York Times]

–YouTuber XiaoMaNYC is handing out $1,000 tips at his favorite Chinatown restaurants. [The New York Post]

–Jing Fong’s unionized workers are protesting the restaurant’s decision to close its dining room permanently and calling on landlord Jonathan Chu to help save Chinatown’s largest banquet hall.  [Eater]

–Surprisingly, New York City galleries, including the Lower East Side’s own James Fuentes, are doing pretty well during the pandemic. [Bloomberg]

–A look back at the history of Kossar’s. [Gothamist]

–Tres Leches Cafe opens a new location on Orchard Street. [Gothamist]

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Community Board 3’s March Meeting Topics

Here’s what’s coming up at Community Board 3 in March. …


You Can Start Signing Up For Grand Street CSA’s Summer Season Now

The Grand Street CSA is gearing up for the summer season. It’s been a tough winter, especially for independent farms. Here’s one way you …

Lower East Side Links

–It was another bad week for neighborhood groups trying to stop those out-of-scale mega projects in the Two Bridges area. State appellate judges lifted injunctions in two separate lawsuits. The judges said the city has the legal authority to green light the massive residential towers without meaningful public review. [City Limits]

–An attorney for one of the neighborhood groups says her clients are considering their options. [The Real Deal]

–During a traffic dispute at Delancey and Clinton streets, a guy pulled out a gun and, rather than shooting the driver, he accidentally shot a 75-year-old woman instead. She was hit in the buttocks and is going to be okay. [1010 WINS]

–Public artist BKFoxx creates a mural at M.S. 131 to mark the Year of the Ox. [Time Out]

–Katz’s pastrami sandwich is #2 in New York? It got beat out, just barely, by Hometown Bar-B-Que. [Eater]

Image from Jing Fong's social media.

Jing Fong Announces Permanent Closure of Banquet Hall at 20 Elizabeth St.

It’s probably the toughest blow for Chinatown business since the start of the pandemic. Jing Fong, the neighborhood’s largest restaurant by far, announced the closure of its dining room at 20 Elizabeth St. The restaurant will keep its second floor kitchen going “until further notice” to support delivery, takeout and dining on its outdoor balcony. …

A.Potts NYFW digital presentation, shown on a laptop, features Alvin Ailey dancers. Photo by Kari Jensen

“Front Row Seats” For All at NY Fashion Week 2021

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) went online again for the second time during the pandemic, hosting a digital showcase Feb. 14-17, prompting some media outlets to boast that everyone watching had a “front row seat.” …

Sunday Morning Martial Arts

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A little snow (and a pandemic) isn’t stoping these martial artists. Taken by Rik Moran


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A Low-Key Celebration of Lunar New Year in Chinatown

The Year of the Ox was ushered in on Friday, but as to be expected, the Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown was scaled …

Black Artists Matter

Dixon Place Continues “Black Artists’ Matter” Variety Night

Dixon Place continues its series, Black Artists’ Matter, on February 25th at 7:30pm. The evening is a curated online variety show, celebrating the work …

Lower East Side Sunset Under the Bridges

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Sebastian Beacon (@sebastianbeacon) caught the sunset the other night, along the East River Esplanade and under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.  Send us your neighborhood photos at: or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Lower East Side Links

–A New York state judge tossed out a lawsuit from a group of property and business owners who wanted to stop a homeless facility from opening in the Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street. [New York Post]

–A 21-year-old driver struck a bicyclist, a pizza deliveryman, and then fled on foot from the scene at Delancey and Columbia streets. He later returned and was arrested. [Channel 7]

–Congress moved to help struggling performance venues, but if financial support promised through the “Save Our Stages Act” doesn’t arrive soon, many music halls and studios are doomed. Tony Caffrey of Arlene’s Grocery says, “For us to survive, we need to get another shot of money quickly, or we won’t be here… The lag time month by month is catching up. We really need help now. We really need the funds to come through and not talk. Talk won’t keep us open.” [NY1]

–While some young entrepreneurs have turned to social media to boost sales during the pandemic, most Chinatown businesses are suffering and in serious jeopardy if more government help does not arrive soon. [Yahoo]

–A look at how three Chinatown businesses are coping as the Year of the Ox begins. [BuzzFeed]

–Where to go in Chinatown for a Lunar New Year meal. [Gothamist]

–Prominent Asian American chefs, including some on the Lower East Side, have launched “Enough is Enough,” an initiative to raise awareness about rising hate crimes against Asians nationwide. [Eater]

–Katz’s Deli has managed to make it through the pandemic without laying off any employees, and leaning into its delivery/shipping business. Now that restaurants are allowed to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity, Katz’s is able to accommodate 17 or 18 tables. [CNBC]

–In her new book, “Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice” Rachel Gross argues that places like the Museum at Eldridge Street show that Judaism may be changing, but it is not withering. [The Jerusalem Post]

–During the pandemic, arts organizations are finding a purpose even with their stages dark. At the Abrons Arts Center, the Henry Street Playhouse has been turned into a food pantry. [The New York Times]

–Designer Sandy Liang transformed a local Laundromat into her first brick-and-mortar boutique with the help of her dad’s Chinatown-based contracting firm. [Architect’s Newspaper]

LES Film Fest Trivia Night

Lower East Side Film Festival Hosts Romance at the Movies Trivia Night

Our friends at the Lower East Side Film Festival are celebrating Valentine’s Day early with “Romance at the Movies” Trivia Night on Wednesday, February …