Lower East Side Links

–Sheldon Silver loses another appeal and is now poised for one last ditch legal maneuver at the U.S. Supreme Court. [Daily News]

–City officials struggle to address concerns from residents about the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan during a recent meeting of Community Board 3. [AM New York]

–The city announces plans to build new protected bike lanes, including one on Avenue C. [Gothamist]

–Another take on the woes of Chinatown businesses, hit hard by irrational coronavirus fears. [The Guardian]

–“The Lower East Side in 8 Songs;” celebrating the neighborhood’s extraordinary musical legacy, using a new exhibition at the New York Historical Society for inspiration. [New York Times]

–A story of the “life, death and rebirth of New York City’s most resilient dive bar.” What Sasha Lloyd of “The Hard Swallow” has overcome over the years on the Lower East Side. [Vice]

–Manhattan’s skyline has not changed for the better since the “shiny cheese grater, known as One Manhattan Square, sprung from Hades.” [Gothamist]

–Hanging out with Dennis Vassilatos, the night manager at Odessa Restaurant. [EV Grieve]

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Sara Juli’s “Burnt-Out Wife” Comes to Dixon Place

Fans of the comedic dance performer Sara Juli are looking forward to her latest piece, “Burnt-Out Wife,” which opens this weekend at Dixon Place. …

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Say So Long to the Lowline: Underground Park Proposal Goes Dormant

The Lowline, an audacious plan to create an underground park on the Lower East Side, made a big splash when it was first proposed in 2011. But it faded during the past couple of years without so much as a whimper. …

Lower East Side Links

–Irrational coronavirus fears are continuing to put the squeeze on businesses in Chinatown. [Financial Times]

–A new vendor is coming to the Essex Market in mid-March — featuring açaí bowls and make-your-own-salads. And an existing vendor, Don Ceviche, will be renamed Mercado Lima and make a move to a larger stall, adding Peruvian rotisserie chicken. [AM New York]

–New studies seek to answer the question, “Do rents really rise when luxury apartment towers, like the universally loathed One Manhattan Square, are built in poor neighborhoods?” [New York Times]

–Scenes from this past week’s water main break in the Two Bridges area. [Gothamist]

–A feature on the “hearty New Yorkers” who dare to live in pink buildings, including the landmarked former Ridley & Sons Department Store building on Grand Street. [New York Post]

–Cops are looking for Eric Delamarter, a hedge fund manager who attacked a man with a metal object. The victim was apparently indiscriminately ringing buzzers outside Delamarter’s Lower East Side building, an act that sent him into a rage. [Channel 2]

–Artist Jordan Casteel, who depicts exclusively people of color “at a scale that makes them impossible to ignore,” opens an exhibition next week at the New Museum. [New York Times]

–“Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness,” an exhibition on the Lower East Side, showcases a remarkable series of photos taken over three decades. [Cultured]


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Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar Now Open Daily

Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar (259 E. Broadway at Montgomery St.) is now open, accompanying the Basque-inspired restaurant from chef Ryan Bartlow (Quality Eats, …

Photos by Roger Bultot.

(Photos) Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Parade

Local photographer Roger Bultot shared some great photos from Sunday’s Lunar New Parade in Chinatown. It’s been a tough holiday season for the community, as unfounded fears about the new coronavirus have kept many people away from the neighborhood. …

Year of the Monkey: Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown.

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown This Weekend!

It’s a big celebratory weekend in Chinatown.

The Lunar New Year Parade kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mott and Canal streets. …

Lower East Side Links

–Businesses in Chinatown have seen a steep drop in business due to Coronavirus fears, even though there isn’t a single confirmed case in New York. [NY1]

–Some Chinatown restaurant owners say their business is off as much as 40%. [Grub Street]

–LGBTQ+ Asian and Pacific Islander groups have formed a coalition that will march in Sunday’s Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown. [Vice]

–Neighborhood activists are finding more success fighting large-scale development plans. Says Paula Segal, an attorney who helped community groups in the Two Bridges neighborhood win a potentially precedent-setting case: “The developers are on notice that if they don’t work with communities to come up with plans that work with everybody, we’ll see them in court.” [New York Times]

–Local groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the city’s plans to rebuild East River Park in the name of resiliency. [Gothamist]

–People living in Steve Croman’s many New York City buildings say living conditions did improve after his imprisonment and the passage of new tenant-friendly rent laws. But there are still problems. [Gothamist]

–Opinion: Why the mayor can’t handle the truth when it comes to Rivington House and so many other messes of his own making. [New York Post]

–The state comptroller says the NYPD has taken steps to deal with nightlife noise, but a new report concludes there’s still room for improvement. [Daily News]

–More press for the Market Line with barely a mention of its sunny neighbor, the Essex Market. [New York Post]

Essex Crossing Site 4, 180 Broome St. Rendering by Handel Architects.

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens For 121 Apartments at Essex Crossing’s 180 Broome St.

The City of New York and the developers of Essex Crossing have just opened the affordable housing lottery for 121 apartments at 180 Broome St. …

Norfolk Street Rubble


A sad site on Norfolk Street: all that’s left from the historic synagogue, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol.

Photo by Joel Raskin.

Here’s a Look at What’s Happening at Community Board 3 in February

Photo by Joel Raskin.

January 2020 flew by. To start a new month, let’s tale a look at what’s coming up at Community Board …

Lower East Side Links

–While they feared the worst following the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry St., leaders of the Museum of Chinese in America are increasingly optimistic that much of their collection can be salvaged. [Gothamist]

–Surgical masks are almost impossible to come by in Chinatown as headlines about the new coronavirus grow more worrisome. [Reuters]

–Mayoral aides reportedly had a “hysterical overreaction” when they learned about the planned City Council testimony of Ricardo Morales, a former city bureaucrat scapegoated in the Rivington House affair. [New York Post]

–It has a shiny new showpiece on Essex Street, but has the International Center of Photography lost its way creatively? “What should a photography museum do when photographs are just about everywhere? ICP has to answer that in a new home at Essex Crossing, the large new Lower East Side development, though its initial programming suggests it’s still not sure.” [New York Times]

–A first glimpse of the condo building that was built on the site of the 2015 East Village gas explosion. [EV Grieve]

–Caught on tape: bystanders lift an SUV to save a pedestrian who was pinned under the vehicle on Delancey Street. [Daily News]

–Una Pizza Napoletano, now with pepperoni. [Grub Street]

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Police Investigate After Swastikas Scrawled Inside Hillman Houses

Police are investigating an act of anti-Semitism on the Lower East Side after several swastikas were found scribbled inside the Hillman Houses on Grand …

Lower East Side Links

–Essex crossing teases its new high-end condo building at 202 Broome St. [Curbed]

–A YIMBY group, Open New York, is making a case for affordable housing as a way to push through a Soho rezoning. [Crain’s]

–Performance Space New York will turn the institution over to artists to run for one year. [Artforum]

–The Year of the Rat: Lunar New Year celebrations begin in Chinatown tomorrow (Saturday) with the annual Firecracker Ceremony in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The parade isn’t happening until next month. [Channel 7]

–Nightlife “spirit animal” Omar Hernandez opens “Omar’s La Boîte” on Broome Street. [New York Times]