Winter Amphitheater

photo by The Lo-Down

photo by The Lo-Down

The East River Amphitheater was cold and quiet at dusk on evening last week. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at: or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

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End of Year Memoriam Mural On Orchard Street Pays Tribute to Lives Lost in 2020

Artist Timothy Goodman created this mural, “2020 In Memoriam” on Orchard Street (at Broome St.) to honor some of the big names we lost in 2020. On his Instagram page, he notes: “Some were tragically murdered because of racism, some are gone because of cancer, and some died of natural causes. Their deaths impacted us in profound ways…” …

Lower East Side Links

–Related Fund Management snatches up two large Section 8 buildings in the Two Bridges area, 265-275 Cherry St., from the CIM Group and L+M Development for $424 million. [Crain’s]

–Plans are filed for a 21-story office tower on the former site of B Bar. [EV Grieve]

–A 20-year-old woman is arrested in California after falsely accusing a Black teenager of stealing her cell phone and then assaulting him in a an incident that took place in the lobby of a Soho hotel. [The New York Times]

–The owners of Prince Street Pizza step aside from daily operations after racist comments resurface online. [Eater]

–Lost and found: an incredible and very large archive of Chinatown photos from the 1970s and 1980s. [Gothamist]

–Cafe Grumpy has temporarily closed one of its two locations on the Lower East Side but it’s still managing to expand elsewhere. [Forbes]

–Oh K-Dog brings Korean rice hot dogs to Ludlow Street. [Gothamist]


The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is Free and Online This Year

The Public Theater’s experimental festival, Under the Radar is moving online this year, and is being offered for free. As with most theatrical and …


Community Meeting on Homeless Safe Haven at Blue Moon Hotel Rescheduled for Next Month

Last week we mentioned that Community Board 3’s health and human services committee was set to hear a proposal for a “safe haven” facility …

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Open Restaurants/Open Streets Town Hall January 12

Do you have questions or concerns about the city’s Open Restaurants/Open Streets program, or do you just want to have a better understanding of …

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Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Location, But Hopes to Relocate

Earlier today we mentioned the speculation around the fate of Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, the legendary Lower East Side spot famous for giant slabs of …

Lower East Side Links

–A $162 million construction loan has been secured for the new complex to be built on the ashes of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [The Real Deal]

–The city excludes parts of Chinatown from COVID-19 small business relief funding. [Gothamist]

–Light Up Chinatown – a new effort to lure customers back to the neighborhood. [The New York Times]

–A big blow for the neighborhood if it’s true: Sammy’s Roumanian Restaurant appears to have cleared out of its Chrystie Street location. There’s some speculation, though, that it could re-emerge in another location. [James & Karla Instagram]

–The beloved B & H Dairy restaurant has been forced to overcome all sorts of difficulties in the past year, but the ones inflicted by city bureaucrats have been the most maddening. [Gothamist]

–The old school Chinatown barbershop gets a second generation makeover on Pell Street. [Channel 7]

–2020’s saddest restaurant closures, including Rosario’s, Gaia and Hop Shing. [Eater]

Sunrise Flight Over the East River

sunrise flight by Kari Jensen

Kicking off our new year on a peaceful note, Kari Jensen caught this sunrise flight over the East River.

Downtown 2021

“Downtown 2021″ Opens at LaMaMa Galleria

“Downtown 2021,” a new show curated by Sam Gordon at La MaMa Galleria opens tomorrow. A collection of work by local artists who have …


January Meetings at Community Board 3

New year, a new slate of virtual meetings hosted by Community Board 3. Here are some January highlights:

–On Thursday, January 7, the human …


Hester Street Fair Moves Gift Shop to 22 Ludlow Gallery Through January 10th

Hester Street Fair is moving their online Gift Guide to the brick and mortar gallery at 22 Ludlow for an extra week of New …

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Remembering Joan Micklin Silver, Director of “Hester Street” and “Crossing Delancey”

A trailblazer for women in Hollywood, director Joan Micklin Silver, died this past week at her home in New York City at the age …