CDPAP Home Care

CDPAP Home Care VS Home Care Agency Services (Sponsored)

Medicaid home care consumers in New York often find themselves presented with a choice of two very different methods for receiving care. Many consumers …

Last Leaves of Fall Covering the Seward Park Fountain

Seward Park Fountain by @archaicsoul

The Seward Park fountain, officially named The Schiff Fountain, covered in end-of-season Fall leaves, along Essex Street. Photo by @archaicsoul. You can read a story on the fascinating history of the fountain, written by Andrew Fairweather, senior librarian at the Seward Park Library, here.

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Lower East Side Links

–The Related Companies has made a deal worth more than $400 million to buy Lands End II, the large Section 8 buildings in the Two Bridges area. The current owners, L+M Development Partners and the CIM Group, will apparently hold on to an adjacent development site for a controversial large-scale residential project that’s been in the works for years. [The Real Deal]

–The developers of 66 Clinton St., a so-called “affordable luxury” condo project, have secured $17 million for construction financing. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Essex Crossing developers have been trying unsuccessfully for years to lease office space in two buildings on Delancey Street. Their latest selling point: “pandemic-era touches.” [Forbes]

–Police say gun traffickers are continuing to use intercity buses bound for Chinatown to transport illegal firearms into the city. [World Journal via City Limits]

–The push continues to name part of St. Mark’s Place for Jimmy Webb. [EV Grieve]

–You have until Feb. 1 to apply to become a member of your local community board. [MCB Forms]

–Lower East Side-based singer Jill Fiore has turned her Essex Street fire escape into a makeshift urban stage. [NY1]

–Lower East Side history: Mayor La Guardia’s war on pushcarts. [Bowery Boys]

photo via @sweetpicklebooks Instagram

Sweet Pickle Books, a Used Books and Pickle Store, Comes to Orchard Street

Sweet Pickle Books, a used bookstore and pickle shop, opened at 47 Orchard Street this week. Offering used books and homemade pickles, the shop also “buys books, libraries, records and weird things …

Afternoon View on the Williamsburg Bridge


The gleaming November light, seen from the Williamsburg Bridge; photo by Tessa Huxley.

LES Gallery Evening

Local Galleries Host L.E.S. Gallery Evening, Extended Hours Tonight

Over 40 art galleries located on the Lower East Side will stay open late on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Celebrating …

abrons la residencia

Abrons Arts Center Teams Up with Publica, Featuring Puerto Rican Artists

Abrons Arts Center has announced a month-long co-residency program, teaming up with Puerto Rico-based cultural center Pública. La Residencia, a co-located residency program that …


NYC COVID Test Rates Stay Below 3%, While Lower East Side Infections Remain Low

New York City parents got a reprieve, at least for another day or two, after the mayor announced Saturday that the coronavirus 7-day positivity …

The Williamsburg Bridge, Hiding in Morning Fog

Mark Nazimova

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Lower East Side Links

–It was a fine solution during the fall, but as winter approaches, staff at the Earth School worry about keeping classroom windows open to provide adequate circulation. During recent rainy and chilly days, one teacher says “the kids were freezing. We’re freezing. We can’t focus. Rain water was coming in.” [Channel 2]

–More remembrances of Rabbi Dovid Feinstein. Even as the observant Jewish population of the Lower East Side dwindled, notes Jewish scholar Jonathan Boyarin, Feinstein remained, “a dyed-in-the-wool East Sider… very much a man of the neighborhood.” [JTA]

–Aldo Tambellini, an important figure in the Lower East Side’s avant-garde art scene in the 1960s, died at the age of 90. [The New York Times]

–The Bowery Mission is preparing for its 14th annual Thanksgiving dinner. Even though demand is rising during the pandemic, fewer people are volunteering to help out. [Channel 5]

–Inside NYCHA: profiles of Lower East Side public housing residents. [The Nation]

–Double Chicken Please, a quirky traveling cocktail bar, plants roots at 115 Allen St. [Eater]

–Expansion plans during a pandemic? For the home design store, Coming Soon, a new, larger space on Orchard Street was the right move. The owners chose to stay on the Lower East Side because the neighborhood, “captures their approach to design: creative, emerging, and authentic.” [Surface]


Featured Listings of the Week, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

These two listings are being offered separately, as well as a rare breakthrough opportunity! Combine these apartments and create your own truly unique space. …

Election Night Sunset on the Lower East Side

Susan Levinson Sunset

This was the sunset on election night, 2020, taken by Susan Levinson.

Lower East Side Links

–No surprises in New York’s down ballot races. Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney glided to victory. The same story for State Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou. [NY County Politics]

–See New Yorkers celebrating the election outcome from one end of the city to the other. [Gothamist]

–A board member of Rhizome resigns over the new media art nonprofit’s affiliation with the New Museum. [Hyperallergic]

–Caracas Arepa Bar is closing its East Village location after 17 years. [EV Grieve]

–Two more Chinatown favorites, Lan Zhou and Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food, close their doors, pointing to a problem that preceded the pandemic: there’s an unrealistic expectation that Chinese restaurants keep their prices ridiculously low. [Grub Street]

–A profile of restauranteur Moonlynn Tsai and actress/podcast host Yin Chang, the team behind “Heart of Dinner,” which is feeding Chinatown seniors. [Food & Wine]


Huge Crowd Converges on Lower East Side to Remember Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

An enormous crowd gathered on the Lower East Side Sunday morning to mourn a major figure in the worldwide Jewish community, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein.


Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Re-opening of Luther Gulick Park

A few weeks ago we told you about the re-opening of Luther Gulick Park, which had just undergone a $10 million restoration. This past Wednesday morning, there was an official ribbon cutting …