Join The Lo-Down to Talk About the “State of the Performing Arts” at Manny Cantor Center April 28


In partnership with the Educational Alliance, The Lo-Down is continuing our series of panel discussions on interesting neighborhood topics at the new Manny …


Manny Cantor Center Kicks Off Monthly LES Kids Rock Concert Series

The Deedle Deedle Dees.

Need a place to jump and shout with your rock n roll kids?  This Sunday, April 27th,  The Manny Cantor …

Black Tree's bar and front seating area will remain intact; the rear wall will be knocked down to provide access next door.

Orchard Street’s Black Tree Expanding Next Door

The farm-to-table sandwich shop will more than double its space this summer.

Rapfogel, Cohen Admit to Roles in Met Council Embezzlement Scheme

William Rapfogel, David Cohen.

William Rapfogel, David Cohen.

In Manhattan State Supreme Court this morning, William Rapfogel, former head of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, pleaded guilty in a $9 million insurance kickback scheme. In a separate courtroom, his predecessor, David Cohen, also entered a guilty plea, in connection with the audacious embezzlement plot.

Good Morning!

Grand Street at East Broadway.

Grand Street at East Broadway.

Partly cloudy today and windy with a high of 58.


William Rapfogel. Photo: Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council.

Daily News: Rapfogel Will Plead Guilty Tomorrow

Ochado is preparing to open at 76 Orchard St., the former home of Spur Tree.

Sneak Peek: Ochado Ramen Opening at 76 Orchard

Thelma on Clinton is now serving brunch.

LES Bites: Brunch at Thelma, the First U.S. Cat Cafe, the Scoop on Ivan Ramen

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State Liquor Authority Chair Rosen Meets Downtown Community Leaders May 6

Morning Reads: Time For Landmarks Reform, Ivan Ramen Debut, Kim’s Video is Closing

“The Tyranny of Glass Boxes;” taking a stand against the “serious shortcomings in New York City’s system for protecting culturally important sites.” (NYT)

The mayor, of course, is opposed to horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, but he has no problem with the NYPD’s use of horses for patrols (Daily News).

Ivan Ramen is finally opening on Clinton Street May 9 (NYT).

Kim’s Video & Music is closing on 1st Avenue (EV Grieve).

After more than 80 years, Pearl Paint has closed (Tribeca Trib).


Good Morning!

The tenements of Chinatown. Photo by David Sierra.

The tenements of Chinatown. Photo by David Sierra.

Sunny this morning with a chance of afternoon showers and a high of 67.


UCB at SummerStage. Photo by The Lo-Down.

Summerstage Schedule Released, Including East River Park Lineup

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Henry Street Throws a Block Party For Lillian Wald; You’re Invited to Bake a Cake!

State Sen. Daniel Squadron with U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at a rally on the Lower East Side; January 31, 2014.

Squadron Holds Community Convention on Lower East Side Sunday

Table For Two


Photo by Jennifer Strom.

After suffering through the winter that wouldn’t quit, lots of people were making the most of some beautiful spring weather this past weekend. On Saturday, we spotted Erica Tempchin, who lives near Clinton and South streets, hanging out at La Flaca, the Mexican restaurant on Grand Street.  That’s Joia, her five-and-a-half year old sun conure. When asked if Joia eats out often, Erica told us, “she likes to go outside, and I like to eat.”

Morning Reads: Illegal Airbnb Listings, Balloon Survey, Celebrity Date Night

Two thirds of Airbnb offerings in New York City are illegal sublets, the state attorney general says (Post).

A private architectural firm was using a hot air balloon near Chrystie and Stanton streets to shoot promotional videos for “buildings that will be built in the neighborhood.” (WCBS)

Documents released by the National Archives show U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez felt ignored by the Clinton White House (Daily News).

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg celebrate their engagement on the Lower East Side (AMNY).

Hawk egg cam, high above Tompkins Square Park (EV Grieve).