Rendering shows four large-scale projects coming to the waterfront in the Two Bridges area.

Local Groups Focus on Threat to Rent Stabilized Housing From New Two Bridges Towers

Three large-scale development projects in the Two Bridges area are expected to add more than 2,000 luxury apartments in a traditionally low-income community. …

Lower East Side Links

–The commanding officer of the 7th Precinct says of The DL, “They don’t have the best interest of the community in mind,” after a late night brawl outside the Ludlow Street club. [DNAinfo]

–State Sen. Daniel Squadron says anyone who’s committed a hate crime should be blocked from buying a gun. [The Daily News]

–Protests are planned ahead of tonight’s preliminary vote by the Rent Guidelines Board. [Facebook]

–There was a 25% jump in the the number of retail spaces in Manhattan at the end of March, compared with three months earlier. [The Real Deal]

–The mayor criticizes a lawsuit that aims to make New York’s property tax system more equitable. He also declines to specify how he’d deal with the issue, saying the topic of property taxes is very complex. [The Daily News]

–A restaurant called Harvest of the Sea has signed a lease at 92 Rivington St. for $155/square foot. [New York Post]

–A look at how the Liz Christy Garden was created. [WNYC]

Good Morning!

eldridge street umbrella

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lee Brozgol took this photo on Eldridge Street earlier in the month. | Weather: We’re in for a day and evening of rain showers with high winds expected and a high of 56. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Sen. Squadron attended a media event outside Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

Legislative Committee Votes on “Rivington Act” Tomorrow

There will be a vote in Albany tomorrow on State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s legislation aimed at preventing Rivington House-like debacles in other communities. …

I.M. Pastry Studio's Cookies & Cream Cake.

I.M. Pastry Studio Coming to the Essex Street Market

There’s another new arrival to tell you about at the Essex Street Market. In the next few week’s, Brooklyn’s I.M. Pastry Studio will be opening in a stall on the north end of the market. …

Lower East Side Links

–An investor in the shuttered Comfort (Diner) on Grand Street is suing the owner, Ira Freehof, saying he failed to disclose he owed $700,000 in back taxes. [DNAinfo]

–A lawsuit claims the city’s proerty tax system is racially biased and discriminates against working and middle class residents. [Daily News]

–Stolen identity? A rabbi in San Francisco named Joel Landau says the Allure Group (the firm that sold Rivington House to luxury condo developers) is besmirching his good name. [Daily News]

–New Noodles: A taste of the Yunnan Provence comes to 1st Avenue @ 11th Street. [New York Magazine]

–The Boba Room on the Bowery: a bubble tea exhibition pops up. [Gothamist]

Good Morning!

orchard street

Monday, April 24, 2017 | H.Spencer Young took this photo on Orchard St. | Weather: Cloudy today with a chance of a rain shower and a high of 58. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

preservation forum

City Council Candidates Discuss Preservation Issues Monday, May 1

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and several partners are hosting a candidate forum Monday, May 1. Here’s the invite:

Please join LESPI …

seward park liquors

Seward Park Liquors Loses Grand Street Space After Co-Op Board Votes

Seward Park Liquors is losing a space it has occupied at 393 Grand St. for more than four decades. …

100 Norfolk St. Photo by Brian Redman.

100 Norfolk Condo Building Begins to Reveal Its Glassy Skin

Over the years, local resident Brian Redman has been keeping an eye on 100 Norfolk St., one of the Lower East Side’s more dramatic construction projects. …

Lower East Side Links

–Here’s a summary of discussions at Community Board 3’s land use committee this week about Chinatown rezoning and an environmental review in the Two Bridges area. [City Limits]

–More on the Two Bridges environmental review: Local activists are especially concerned that the study will not examine the impact of new development on rent regulated housing. [Curbed]

–A red-tailed hawk died in Sara D. Roosevelt Park after eating rat poison. The hawk was discovered in January and taken to an animal hospital, but heroic efforts to nurse it back to health failed. [The Daily News]

–Gary Altman, “the institutional memory of the New York City Council,” is retiring. Altman is a Lower East Side resident and president of the East River Co-op. [AMNY]

–“Learning from Jane Jacobs;” thoughts on a new documentary film. [New York Times]

–The Flower Shop on Eldridge Street, “attracts millennials who look like the cast of Girls, all bobbing their heads to Willie Nelson tunes.” [Observer]

–Daredevil Tattoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on the Lower East Side tonight. [Facebook Invite]

568 Grand St 3BR

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Good Morning!

williamsburg bridge

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Alivia Duran took this photo on Easter morning from the Williamsburg Bridge. | Weather: Cloudy today with rain expected this morning and a high of 60. Partly cloudy and 63 tomorrow. A mix of sun and clouds on Sunday with a high of 57. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Rendering of 229 Cherry St., by Dattner Architects.

A New Supermarket For Two Bridges? Residents Press Extell For a Firm Answer

More than four years after the Pathmark grocery store in the Two Bridges neighborhood closed, local residents are trying to turn up the pressure on Extell Development, which is building an 80-story luxury tower where the supermarket once stood. …

Canal Street, Baxter Street and Walker Street.

“Gateways to Chinatown” Project Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for “Gateways to Chinatown,” a new program to create a “symbolic and functional landmark” to a high profile intersection in Chinatown. …