Lower East Side Links

–Citing “low wages, scarce benefits, and unstable working conditions,” workers at the Tenement Museum vote to unionize. [Hyperallergic]

–A proposal to add a nickel surcharge on paper grocery bags was approved by the City Council. Local City Council Member Margaret Chin has championed the measure. [Crain’s]

–Don’t expect a rent freeze this year. A new report shows owners of rent stabilized buildings saw their expenses rise 5.5%. [Curbed]

–It’s your last chance to visit Shopsin’s in the old Essex Street Market. Stop by today or Saturday, or wait until May when Shopsin’s will be open for business in the new market. [Instagram]

–Noodle soup without the soup — Pete Wells is intrigued by the “dry” ramen spot, Niche, on Delancey Street. [New York Times]

–Joey Bats Cafe is a new “mom and son source for Portuguese pastries” on Allen Street. [New York Times]

–A huge Keith Haring mural rescued from the old Boys Club building on Pitt Street has been reborn in Red Hook. [Artsy]

The Fog Rolls In


Good morning! Jay Frank sent along this photo taken a week ago. Seemed appropriate as we await more rain today and over the weekend. It’s Good Friday and the start of Passover tonight. Happy holidays!


Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed

We’ve been fielding quite a few emails from readers hoping to find out what’s happening at Cafe Petisco, the popular Mediterranean restaurant at 189 …

180 Broome St. Photo courtesy of Delancey Street Associates.

Essex Crossing Tower at 180 Broome St. Tops Off at 26 Stories

Another building at Essex Crossing has been “topped off.” Delancey Street Associates, the developers of the mega-project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, announced yesterday …

Good Morning, the Lower East Side


Nice sunrise! Here’s a photo taken this morning by Mark Nazimova.

In fact, today’s peachy sky inspired a few of you. Here’s a shot from Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer:


And one more from Tommy Loeb:



Under the Bridge

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Good morning. David Sierra took this photo along the East River Esplanade, near Catherine Street.

Lower East Side Links

–The New Museum files plans for a 7-story expansion. [The Real Deal]

–It appears that two East Broadway synagogue buildings, Sharis Adath Israel and the former home of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, have been sold. [A Hidden Lower East Side]

–Tonight Community Board 3 resumes discussions on the mayor’s scheme for a huge new Chinatown jail. [CB3]

–Lower East Side residents rail against planned changes to the M14 A & D bus route during an MTA board meeting. [AM New York]

–Milk Bar decides to rename its “Crack Pie.” [EV Grieve]

A Misty Scene on the East River


Good morning! Here’s a dramatic image captured yesterday morning by Rory O’Flynn as the fog seemed to envelop the Williamsburg Bridge.


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We Just Can’t Get Enough Of Those Magnolias!


Good morning! Andrea DiFiore took this photo in Corlears Hook Park. If you haven’t checked out the beautiful spring colors in person, this weekend is your chance. “It’s My Park Day” is happening Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Friends of Corlears Hook Park for a morning of cleanup and camaraderie.

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Lower East Side Voices: ‘Top Hops’ Takes Craft Beer Passion to New Essex Street Market

Today we wrap up our series on the Essex Street Market with a profile of Top Hops, the Lower East Side craft beer store …


“Klezmer For Beginners” Debuts at Abrons Arts Center

A comedic Klezmer mash-up, of sorts, is debuting at Abrons Arts Center for three nights starting tomorrow, April 11 – Saturday, April 13, 2019. …

Lower East Side Links

–More than 20 former SPURA tenants have moved into buildings at Essex Crossing, but they have had to fight for their “right of return” every step of the way. [Gothamist]

–The New York Archdiocese trumpets its efforts to build new affordable housing, including 600 units at the Grand Street Guild on the Lower East Side. But it continues to overlook two shuttered churches in the neighborhood as potential affordable housing opportunities. [Curbed]

–Several community groups are hosting an event tonight to celebrate the past as well as the future of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and the eventual return of the Stanton Street Building. [Patch]

–Landmark Cinemas may have ditched the Lower East Side when it closed the Sunshine Cinema, but it’s back downtown as the new programmer of The Quad Cinema. [Indie Wire]

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Lower East Side Voices: Mother-Son Team at Puebla Mexican Food Feel Right at Home in the Essex Street Market

The Essex Street Market has for many years been a refuge for startup businesses. As retail rents in stand-alone brick-and-mortar locations have become unaffordable, …