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Museum at Eldridge Street Now Offering Early Mornings in the Sanctuary

Taking advantage of brighter, longer days and that glowing summer sunshine, the Museum at Eldridge has added “Early Mornings at Eldridge” to their schedule for the next few Tuesdays. …

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Neon Green Louis Vuitton Pop-up Takes Over Corner at Rivington and Ludlow

In a hard-to-miss move, the new artistic director of the men’s wear at fashion house Louis Vuitton has painted the entire north-east corner (both …

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Cool Down at Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social This Weekend

One way to cool off this weekend is by “judging” which vendors offer the best flavors at the Hester Street Fair’s annual Ice Cream …

Lower East Side Links

–There was a dramatic scene outside First Choice Barber Shop on Stanton Street yesterday after a customer went after a man with a knife. [Daily News]

–It was bedlam on the Bowery Thursday when a crush of people descended on the Adidas/Arizona Ice Tea pop-up store. [Channel 7]

–Locals show up in force at this week’s public hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan to criticize both the design and timeline. City officials rejected a plea from the borough president for a two month delay in the land use application, providing just two additional weeks for members of the public to comment on the draft environmental impact statement. [Curbed]

–The tofu shop, Fong On, one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses, reopens in a new location on Division Street at the end of this month. [Grub Street]

Summer Days in Straus Square


Good morning. Here’s a photo taken yesterday from Straus Square, with Seward Park in the background.

Lower East Side Links

–A legal setback for JDS Development’s proposed mega-tower, which would be built over a low-income senior building in the Two Bridges area. An appeals court rules in favor of Little Cherry LLC, a development firm, holding a long-term lease on a neighboring property. [The City]

–“A wealthy, anonymous individual” has bought the Boys’ Club building on East 10th Street for $32 million and plans — through a non-profit foundation — to preserve it for community use. [Crain’s]

–The owner of 196 Orchard Street sells the retail portion of its building for $89 million. The complex includes Equinox and Marshalls. [The Real Deal]

–How to avoid the next Amazon debacle? The executive director of the Urban Land Institute says the community-led plan on the Lower East Side that resulted in Essex Crossing could be a model for other neighborhoods. [City Limits]

–A new report that was cloaked in secrecy for years shows that the city’s practice of favoring local residents in affordable housing projects promotes neighborhood segregation. City officials argue that the report does not tell the whole story.  [New York Times]

–Iris Chiu, the principal of the Shuang Wen School, has announced her retirement, explaining that the time had come for her to return to Taiwan to care for aging parents. Chiu got caught up in controversy earlier this year when a Shuang Wen teacher showed students an anti-abortion video. [Daily News]

–Natasha Lyonne’s love letter to the East Village, Russian doll, pulls in 13 Emmy Award nominations. [New York Times]

–Remembering East Village artist Steve Cannon, who “maintained an open-door policy at his three-story Federal-style townhouse in the East Village… creating a salon that welcomed a revolving cast of visitors to join a continuing conversation.” [New York Times]

–Actor Justin Theroux is opening a bar called Ray’s at 177 Chrystie St. with the partners from the shuttered Le Turtle. [Eater]

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

Hearing Tonight on East River Coastal Resiliency Plan

There’s another chance tonight to voice your opinion about the city’s revamped plans to build a flood protection system along the East River. …

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Thai Darling, Wayla, Opens “Little Wayla” Takout Shop Next Door

The popular Thai restaurant and garden, Wayla, from Erika Chou and Tom Naumsuwan, (100 Forsyth Street) has opened an upstairs “takeout shop,” serving Thai …

Nehemiah Luckett in “Jazz Singer,” an experimental reinterpretation of the 1927 movie “The Jazz Singer.” Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Abrons Arts Center Announces 2019-2020 Season

Abrons Arts Center has announced its new season touting a schedule that includes: 15 Premieres 7 Genre-extending movement-based performances 6 Powerful visual arts exhibitions 3 Conversation-sparking events and celebrations 3 Engaging music shows 2 Family-friendly events 2 Three-day music and art festivals …

Photo from Rabbit House's Facebook page.

Rabbit House Adds Second Location at 41 Essex St.

Rabbit House, the little Japanese-style tapas/sake spot across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, is opening a second location at 41 Essex St. …

Lower East Side Links

–A hearing on the mayor’s borough-based jail plan drew angry protests this week. [Gothamist]

–Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer thinks the local community needs more time to respond to the city’s East Side Coastal Resiliency plan. [Patch]

–Remembering the legendary Steve Cannon, founder of “A Gathering of the Tribes.” [Villager]

–On Saturday, Hester Street Fair brings back its “Test Kitchen” competition, devoted to new concepts and dishes. There’s a great lineup of local judges including Kiki Karamintzas (Kiki’s), Zac Behaj (Lucien), Din Yates (Cheeky Sandwiches) and Yudai Kanayama (Izakaya). There will also be a full slate of regular HSF vendors. [Facebook]

–Lower East Side restaurants are well represented in Bon Appetit’s “New York 100.” [Bon Appetit]

–Hilltop Bicycles is taking a space in Essex Crossing, just a few steps from the Williamsburg Bridge. [Instagram]

–A neon green Louis Vuitton pop-up comes to 100 Rivington St. over the weekend. It features styles from Virgil Abloh’s FW19 men’s collection. [Hypebeast]

It’s “I’ll Have What She’s Having” Day at Katz’s Deli. Here’s a look back at that famous scene from, “When Harry Met Sally,” 30 years later. [Washington Post]

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Get Your Free Bike Helmet at Sara D. Roosevelt Park Sunday, July 21

The city (Council Member Margaret Chin via DOT, Vision Zero, NYC Parks) is offering free bike helmets at a fitting and distribution event at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Pit …

The existing Manhattan Detention Complex is located on White Street in Chinatown.

City Planning Commission Holds Hearing Today on Borough-Based Jail Plan

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing today on the mayor’s controversial borough-based jail plan. The proposal calls for replacing facilities on Rikers Island with four large prisons in NYC neighborhoods …