Hanksy at work inside the old Essex Market building.

Hanksy Brings Street Art Inside For Last Days of Old Essex Market Building

We checked in with local street artist, punster and curator, Hanksy, this morning as he and fellow street artists were putting final touches on their full scale murals for the upcoming show, “Market Surplus.” …

Lower East Side Links

–Headline of the day: “Subsidized complex turns itself into a gated community.” This is probably not how the board of Masaryk Towers hoped to be starting the day. Columnist Ginia Bellafonte chews the scenery on the Lower East Side, observing, “The instinct to shun and exclude comes all too naturally in the human spirit.” She then goes on to invoke Jacob Riis and “How the Other Half Lives.” [New York Times]

–A city EMT, apparently a Hells Angel, has been arrested for allegedly slashing someone’s tires outside the group’s East Third Street clubhouse. [New York Post]

–Katz’s Deli is snapping up spaces in New Jersey for its expanding mail order business. [Rutherford Daily Voice]

–Apparently everyone’s got to have a pair of David Chang’s Momokuku Nike high tops. [Eater]

–Tiki on 12th. The East Village Independent Merchants Association is throwing a party tomorrow. [EV Grieve]

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Seward Park Art Installation Opens Saturday With LES Historical Discussion

You may have noticed artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong’s In Retrospect, a piece recently installed in front of the Seward Park Library. Coming up tomorrow …

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Friday, June 23, 2017 | We’re suckers for a rainbow. Jeremy Bolger took this photo on Division Street after this past Monday’s storm. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with rain showers expected and a high of 84. Morning rain tomorrow with a high of 89. Sunny on Sunday and 85. | 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: NYC Mayor's Office.

Mayor is Urged to Use His Influence on Rivington House Developers

Mayor de Blasio bristled at a Lower East Side town hall meeting last night when the inevitable question came about his administration’s handling of Rivington House. …

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Sometimes City Hall Moves Fast: Clinton Street Traffic Agents on the Job Today

At last night’s town hall meeting hosted by Mayor de Blasio on the Lower East Side, local residents asked all sorts of questions about big picture issues, as well as hyperlocal concerns. …

Lower East Side Links

–Mayor de Blasio came to the Lower East Side last night for a town hall meeting. We’ll have the full story later today. A few highlights: In response to complaints about traffic congestion at Clinton and Grand streets, the mayor instructed NYPD officials to place a traffic agent at the intersection as soon as today; De Blasio became testy when quizzed about Rivington House, and he said his administration is committed to replacing 200 beds lost due the loss of the onetime nursing facility; the mayor blamed the large-scale towers under review in the Two Bridges area on previous administrations and said there’s nothing that can be done to stop the projects. You can watch the full video from last night’s town hall here.

–“The mayor “stormed out of a town hall meeting (on the Lower East Side) just as the state legislature was about to adjourn for the summer without renewing mayoral control of New York City’s schools.” [New York Post]

–An affiliate of Shorenstein Properties purchased a 12-story rental building, 200 East 11th St., for $57 million. The property sold for the same amount in 2013, but the previous owner sold a retail condo in the building for $25 million a couple of years ago. [The Real Deal]

–After more than two decades, the Polish G.I. Deli on First Avenue is closing. [Eater]

–Council member Rosie Mendez’s legislation banning the use of wild animals in circus performances was approved. [Observer]

–More on the Tenement Museum’s new leader. [Tablet]

–Metropolitan Diary: Crossing Houston Street. [New York Times]

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24-Year-Old Man Indicted in Connection With Brutal Forsyth Street Attack

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reports that a 24-year-old man has been indicted in connection with a vicious attack on a 61-year-old woman near Sara D. Roosevelt Park last month. …

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williamsburg bridge

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | @sweetutopia took this photo of the Williamsburg Bridge and Delancey Street. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 81. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Rivington House, 45 Rivington St., June 21, 2017.

Rivington House Developers Begin “Exploratory” Work, as Mayor Heads to LES For Town Hall

As The Lo-Down first reported May 30, the Department of Buildings has allowed the owners of the Rivington House building to perform “exploratory work” for future renovations. …

Image from handout provided by Howard L. Zimmerman Architects.

CB3’s Landmarks Panel Urges Preservation of Fire-Ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

A structural engineer working for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol says the fire-ravaged synagogue at 60 Norfolk St. is in “dire” condition, and saving even small portions of the Lower East Side landmark will require a lot of effort and more than a little luck. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Lower East Side gallery, Envoy Enterprises, is closing. Owner Jimi Dams is harshly critical of the current New York City art market and says running a gallery just isn’t fun anymore. [Art News]

–The MTA is expanding M1 bus service. [DNAinfo]

–One Manhattan Square is part of developers’ “live, work, play” obsession. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Opinion: “City Council gone wild with circus animal ban.” Incurring the tabloid editorial board’s wrath is local Council member Rosie Mendez. [Daily News]

–Check out some of the locations on the Lower East Side for today’s Make Music New York. [Website]

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seward park art installation

Wednesday, May 21, 2017 | Alan LeNoble took this photo in front of the Seward Park Library. This brand new installation is artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong’s Constellation, part of the city’s new public art program with UNIQLO.  There will be an opening celebration Saturday from 5-7 p.m. | Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers and a high of 87. | Sign up for The Morning Lo-Down, fresh Lower East Side news in you in-box each weekday morning.