Lower East Side Links

–A man has been arrested in connection with a robbery pattern on and and around Clinton Street. [DNA Info]

–New Neighbor: Mexican drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman was extradited to the U.S. yesterday. He was taken to the federal detention facility in Lower Manhattan. [Daily News]

–“Lambs being led to slaughter,” is how one attendee described this week’s Two Bridges environmental review meeting. [Curbed]

–The Real Estate Board of New York’s annual gala was attended, as usual, by the mayor and several of his underlings. [The Real Deal]

–Remember when there was a bank in the middle of East Houston Street? [EV Grieve]

–Wayne Barrett, the legendary Village Voice muckraker, has died at the age of 71. [New York Times]


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sunrise east river

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 | Puma Perl took this photo of yesterday’s sunrise. Stay strong today.  Attend the Women’s March on NYC tomorrow.  Visit the Museum of Chinese in America for free. Attend ‘pay-what-you-want’ day at the New Museum. | Weather: Cloudy today with light rain expected in the afternoon and a high of 46. A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and a high of 54. Rain on Sunday with a high of 50. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

clemente soto velez

Clemente Cultural Center Selects New Executive Director, Board Leadership

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center has been in a transitional phase during the past several months. This week, the Lower East Side arts …

Lower East Side Links

–The well regarded gallery, Essex Street, is moving to fancy new digs at 55 Hester St. The first show is an anti-inaugural exhibition. [Art News]

–U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez explains why she’s not going to Donald Trump’s inauguration. [Villager]

–The owner of Champion Pizza on the LES has made a special Donald Trump pizza, complete with special reserve Russian osetra caviar and shaved white truffles. Profits will be donated to the Bowery Mission. [New York Post]

–Ian Schrager talks about his pardon, granted earlier this week by President Obama. [New York Times]

–Retail report: “…despite cheerful claims by some landlords and brokers of a ‘healthy’ market, a stroll through town might think its condition lies somewhere between a bad winter cold and pneumonia.” One bright spot, according to one leading broker, is the far western end of Chinatown. [New York Post]

–At the request of Margaret Chin, the City Council has approved legislation granting flower sellers a one-week reprieve during Lunar New Year celebrations. [Newsday]


Helping Children Around You, Sponsored by Evolution Enrichment Center

A Lower East Side resident, Khal Chirwa, was so deeply touched by what our students and teachers at Evolution Enrichment Center are doing that he made a generous personal donation to support children in need at our school. …

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east river

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 | Here’s a photo Karina Cherfas took along the East River. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with a high of 52. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.



Sunshine Cinema, Jan. 18, 2017.

Luxury Condo Developers Talk Lower East Side Real Estate at Sunshine Cinema

The developers building four luxury condo projects on the Lower East Side got together with more than 300 real estate brokers this morning at the Sunshine Cinema to talk up the neighborhood as the city’s next hot spot. …


NYPD’s 7th Precinct to Host Blood Drive Tomorrow

From our in box: Our local police precinct (the Seventh) will host a blood drive tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 19, from 12pm – 6pm. The precinct …

Lower East Side Links

–Ian Schrager is getting ready to open his new Public Hotel on Chrystie Street. He has one more reason to celebrate. President Obama just pardoned the nightlife impresario, who served a sentence for tax evasion back in his Studio 54 days. [New York Post]

–William Gonzalez, who served about 30 years in prison for attempted murder, is living with his mom at the Vladeck Houses as part of a NYCHA pilot program. The program offers, “a break from the typical exclusionary policies of public housing.” [City Limits]

–Another profile of Yuh-Line Niou, Lower Manhattan’s new representative in the State Assembly. She says, “I want to be a person who unifies all of us in a way that will make our voice very strong and very loud.” [NBC News]

–The State Senate moves to kill local Council member Margaret Chin’s law that created a plastic bag fee in New York City. It’s unclear how the Assembly will vote. [New York Times]

–Another shakeup in the deBlasio administration impacts both the leadership of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Economic Development Corp. The EDC controls several major Lower East Side projects, including Essex Crossing, the Lowline and the East River Esplanade reconstruction. [Politico]

–Delayed again! The East Houston Street reconstruction project will allegedly not wrap up until summer. [DNA Info]

–The legendary Staten Island pizza place, Joe & Pat’s, is coming to a space on 1st Avenue near 10th Street. [Eater]

Margaret Chin at campaign rally in 2013.

Margaret Chin Has Two Challengers in City Council Election

Candidates running for city offices this year were required to file campaign finance disclosure reports by midnight last night. This means we now have a decent picture of the battle for the Lower East Side’s two City Council seats. …

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wald houses

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 | Joel Raskin took this photo of the dramatic sky over the Lillian Wald Houses. | Weather: Overcast skies today with a high of 44. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Photo: Russ & Daughters

LES Food Notes: Russ & Daughters Reservations, Essex Market Cupping, Dim Sum Pro Tips

A few notes from the Lower East Side restaurant world: …

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Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Week

Here are some of the events coming up in the neighborhood… …

Lower East Side Links

–Chinatown’s Fong Inn Too, in business on Mott Street since 1933, closed down on Sunday. The family recently sold the building and no one in the next generation was interested in keeping the tofu shop alive. Co-owner Paul Eng said, “I’m in mourning… The neighborhood has changed a lot. When I was a kid this was all hustle bustle. Now it’s so quiet. No one lives here anymore.” [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

–More coverage of the fight to block a developer’s plans to turn the old PS 64 into a dorm. [Channel 2]

–A woman was arrested after she stole Cartier and Rolex watches and other items from an apartment on the Bowery she rented via Airbnb. [Daily News]

–The beer distributorship on East 2nd Street is gone. An eight-story residential building is on the way. [EV Grieve]

–U.S. Congresswoman. Nydia Velazquez, who represents sections of the Lower East Side, will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. [Twitter]

–Several elected officials, including local reps Margaret Chin and Yuh-Line Niou, sent a letter demanding an apology from Steve Harvey. [Queens Chronicle]

–A new cocktail lounge/art gallery is coming to the Hotel on Rivington. [New York Post]