Hester Street Fair Announces Opening Day

The Hester Street Fair will be up and running “IRL” this Saturday, August 15th, 2020. As with most businesses and venues, it has been …

Photo by The Lo-Down

Bluestockings Bookstore Finds a New Home on the LES, Continues Fundraising

Bluestockings Bookstore reports, via their Instagram account, that they have found a new home in another Lower East Side location, at 116 Suffolk St., after announcing they would have to move from their longtime home at 172 Allen St. …

NPR Music announced singer-songwriter Linda Diaz as the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest winner.
Photo via NPR / by Chris Alfonso

Lower East Sider Linda Diaz Wins NPR Tiny Desk Concert 2020 Contest

Earlier this week, NPR Music announced the winner of their 2020 Tiny Desk Contest is Linda Diaz, a singer-songwriter with local roots. Diaz was born and raised on the Lower East Side and now lives in Brooklyn. …

Photo via @TwoBridgesTower Twitter.

Party Boat Promoters Arrested at Pier 36 After Illegal Cruise

The New York Times called it, “yet another symbol of reckless socializing during the pandemic.” Last Saturday night, August 1, a party boat known as “The Liberty Belle” departed Pier 36 on the Lower East Side in violation of city and state COVID-19 regulations. …

Lower East Side Links

–The artist Shalom Neuman seems to have prevailed in his 8-year battle with infamous landlord Steven Croman. A state appeals court tossed out a lawsuit over Neuman’s building, 57 Stanton Street, freeing the longtime Lower East Side resident to do what he wants with the property. [Commercial Observer]

–Editorial: The mayor has failed to make the city more resilient; “The $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, intended to raise ground levels along the Lower East Side waterfront, was supposed to begin three years ago. The de Blasio administration dithered, and is now on its third major revision of a plan that won’t be complete until 2025 at the earliest.” [The Daily News]

–The Associated Press finally declares Rep. Carolyn Maloney the victor in her June primary race against challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney has a lead of about 3700 votes. But because the courts have ordered the Board of Elections to count absentee ballots initially thrown out, probably less than 1200 of them, Patel is not conceding. [Politico]

–A number of well-known Chinatown restaurants have been forced to close for good, including Golden Mandarin Court, Amazing 66 and Hope Shing. [Sing Tao Daily via City Limits]

–Lan Zhou, the Chinatown pulled noodle destination, has decided to shut its doors for good. [Eater]

–Pete Wells checks out the outdoor dining options in Chinatown. [The New York Times]

–Same goes for Robert Sietsema, who sounded a note of optimism after his multi-day tour of the neighborhood: “I felt like an excited kid again, marveling at Chinatown springing back to life.”  [Eater]

–The Orchard Street restaurant, The Fat Radish, is closing after a decade on the Lower East Side. Owners of the “once-sceney” spot say they did not have enough outdoor space to make a go of it in the COVID-19 era. [Eater]

–Seth Rogan’s new film, “An American Pickle,” provides an opportunity to revisit New York’s pickle history. [Forward]

Sunrise Over the Williamsburg Bridge


Andrea Difiore (@andreadifiore62) caught the sunrise over the Williamsburg Bridge.


Employee Shuttle Service Now Available in New York City (Sponsored)

Top 3 Perks of Employee Shuttle Service in NYC

Booking long-term employee shuttle service in New York City for your business can set …

Moon Over the Lower East Side

Susan levinson moon over LES

Susan Levinson caught the moon hanging over 1 World Trade Center. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.


Rosario’s Pizza Closes Orchard Street Storefront

Rosario’s Pizza, the quintessential Lower East Side spot for a late night slice, has closed. The longtime Orchard Street pizzeria posted the following message …

photo via @saraerenthalart on Instagram

Artist Sara Erenthal Has Been Leaving Her Mark Around the Lower East Side

Artist Sara Erenthal @saraerenthalart has been doing some fun projects on the L.E.S. lately. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Tenement Museum’s union files a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after 76 employees were laid off. [Hyperallergic]

–Weeks after New York’s primary election, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney claims “a decisive winning margin of over 3,700 votes.” But challenger Suraj Patel is not conceding. [AM New York]

–A white candidate for City Council in District 1, Maud Maron, has come under fire from Black legal aid lawyers, who say her views on school integration are racist. [Daily News]

–More streets are being designated for outdoor dining, including Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge streets, Pell Street between Bowery and Mott streets and Avenue B between East 3rd and East 4th streets. [Gothamist]

–Daredevil Tattoo reopens on Division Street! [NY1]

–Amanda Cohen of the Lower East Side restaurant, Dirt Candy, testified before a congressional committee, warning that the American restaurant industry is on the verge of collapse without robust federal aid. [NY1]

–An Choi, the Orchard Street Vietnamese restaurant, has closed. [Eater]

–Video: How Chinatown restaurants are adapting in the COVID-19 era. [The New Yorker]

–Community Board 3’s August meetings: A request to create a pedestrian plaza and Orchard and Broome streets, East River waterfront updates, the latest on efforts to rezone the Two Bridges area. [CB3]


Photo via @katzdeli on Instagram.

Katz’s Deli is Now Offering Local Direct Delivery, Waiving Fee For First 132 Customers

Katz’s Delicatessen has launched local delivery, directly from its website — the owners of the iconic Lower East Side restaurant concluding they can offer a better deal than third party delivery companies like Seamless and Grubhub. …

LES Summer Night

Local Galleries Join Together to Host “L.E.S. Summer Night” This Thursday

23 Lower East Side galleries will be open late this Thursday, July 30, from 6p – 8p, to feature the current exhibitions throughout the …

Lower East Side Links

–More layoffs at the Tenement Museum, as the pandemic takes its toll. [NY1]

–The governor’s crackdown on bars operating in violation of pandemic rules brought the State Liquor Authority to the Lower East Side this week. Among the establishments receiving suspensions: SET L.E.S. [Gothamist]

–Reconstruction of the Rutgers tunnel means selected late night and weekend closures of the F Train at East Broadway starting in September. [Brooklyn Eagle]

–NEST+M envisions full-time remote learning in the fall. [New York Post]

–Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s campaign operatives are beginning their victory lap, but challenger Suraj Patel says there are still votes to be counted. [New York Post]

–Demolition permits have been filed for 63 Pitt St. with a new 13-story tower in the works. [New York Yimby]

–The city has opened a handful of municipal swimming pools. While Hamilton Fish on the Lower East Side is supposed to open sometime soon, officials have not provided a date. [Channel 11]

–The Metrograph launches a digital membership program. [IndieWire]

–Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads reminisces about the Bowery: “It was not unusual to have to step over or around a dead body.” [The New Yorker]

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou with City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera  -- on the campaign trail last month.

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou Finally Declares Victory in Primary Election

We finally have some final outcomes from the pandemic primary. Election officials were overwhelmed with mail-in ballots for last month’s Democratic Primary. …