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Around 2,000 New Hotel Rooms Have Come to the Lower East Side in Recent Years

Hotel 50 Bowery.

We have seen an unprecedented amount of hotel construction on the Lower East Side during the past few years, and several …





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Hurricane Sandy 5 Years Later: Lower East Side Gets a “High Water Mark” Sign

Just a few days before the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Lower East Side is still waiting for the city to begin resiliency …





Lower East Side Links

–“Yet another bitter battle over art, appropriation and censorship is being waged this week — this time over a depiction of a Chinatown waiting room.” Here’s the latest take on the protests over artist Omer Fast’s show at the James Cohan Gallery. [New York Times]

–A group of thieves has figured out it’s not that hard to befriend drunken revelers on the Lower East Side and then steal their stuff. [DNAinfo]

–Target, opening soon on the Lower East Side, has avoided the big box perils that stymied Walmart in NYC. [AMNY]

–The city plans a crackdown on e-bikes. [WNYC]

–Christopher Marte’s secret weapon in taking on City Council member Margaret Chin? Valuable guidance from an organization called Run For Something, which was started by a former staffer in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. [Gotham Gazette]

–After closing its hole-in-the-wall on East Broadway, the beloved dumpling/hand-pulled noodle joint, Lan Zhou, has reopened in a larger space at 40 Bowery. [Eater]

–Fabian von Hauske, co-owner of the acclaimed Lower East Side restaurants Contra and Wildair, said things were looking a little bleak the first summer after opening. Adding a second restaurant, which was “a hit from the start,” made all the difference. [Forbes]

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Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 | It’s your last chance to see the John Ahearn installation on the facade of the James Fuentes Gallery at 55 Delancey Street. It’s coming down after tomorrow. Photo via the gallery’s Instagram. | Weather: Sunny today with a high of 74. More sunny skies and 76 tomorrow. Partly cloudy and 74 on Sunday. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

Rendering: New towers proposed on the waterfront in the Two Bridges area.

Community Board 3 is Poised to Join ‘Two Bridges’ Rezoning Campaign

Community Board 3 is poised to join a local effort to rezone a section of the Two Bridges area, part of a larger campaign to stop three gigantic towers from going up on the waterfront. …

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Henry Street Settlement Holds Town Hall Meeting on Sunday

Coming up on Sunday, Henry Street Settlement is hosting a town hall meeting to find out what issues matter most to people on the …

Lower East Side Links

–Members of Community Board 3’s land use committee agreed last night to become co-applicants with community groups of a rezoning proposal in the Two Bridges area. The initiative is being fast-tracked to stop three proposed mega-towers now being reviewed by the City Planning Commission. Some members expressed doubts about some of the details (including affordable housing levels above 50%) but everyone agreed something must be done to curtail “out of scale” projects. We’ll have a full report on the site later today.

–Artist Omer Fast responds to the local outcry over his show at the James Cohan Gallery in Chinatown. [Art News]

–A 95-year-old resident says she’s under assault from the new owner of her building on First Avenue. [Gothamist]

–City Council member Rosie Mendez and her likely successor, Carlina Rivera, sound off on the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. [City & State]

–There’s a public meeting concerning the new District 1 school diversity plan at P.S. 20 tonight. [Facebook]

–HiFi Bar on Avenue A is closing. [EV Grieve]

–Here’s a profile of Scrap Yard, “a mecca of graffiti culture” in Soho. [New York Times]

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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 | @gguten took this photo on Allen Street near Division Street, alongside the 2014 Smart Crew/Klughaus Gallery Chinatown mural. | Weather: Partly cloudy skies today with a high of 73. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

Neighborhood Coordination Officers - 7th Precinct - at a recent community event.

7th Precinct “Sector A” Holds Neighborhood Safety Meeting Thursday Night

Earlier this month, we told you about the 7th Precinct’s new community policing initiative. …

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Lower East Side Voices: La Lucha Continua

In our continuing series, Lower East Side Voices, we turn our focus to the community mural, “La Lucha Continua” in First Street Green Art Park. …

Lower East Side Links

–Manhattan retail rents fell about 13% from the same period a year ago, while available spaces declined. Brokers say many of the retail spaces are being temporarily snapped up by pop-ups rather than long-term tenants. [Commercial Observer]

–Almost $1 billion worth of newly purchased retail space in Soho remains vacant as the commercial real estate market struggles. [The Real Deal]

–Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor talks about his plans to bring dim sum to the masses. [Grub Street]

–Here’s a look at Clayton Patterson’s “Portraits from the Pyramid.” [Vogue]

A profile of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. [Channel 5]

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Celebrate at Our Fall Cocktail Party, Sponsored by The Seward Park Conservancy

The Seward Park Conservancy is hosting a Fall Cocktail Party on October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 on the Rooftop at Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, to celebrate all they’ve accomplished in three years of the Conservancy. Their volunteer efforts have raised $6.8 million in NYC Parks funding for the restoration of Seward Park. …