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Take an Open House Walking Tour Tomorrow, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

Join us for 1, 2, & 3+ Bedroom Walking Tours – Sunday, December 9, 2018: All walking tours will meet at LoHo Realty at 563 Grand Street. Please come at the designated start time. Tours will promptly depart at 10 minutes after the hour. …

Lower East Side Links

–City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says of the city’s decision to approve three massive projects in the Two Bridges area, “We look forward to seeing the Department of City Planning in court. Our suit will be filed this week.” [Daily News]

–The Daily News Editorial Board sides with the pro-development city administration: “Johnson pledged upon taking the helm that he’d rein in Council members’ destructive game of blowing up development proposals even as the city experiences desperate need for new housing. The speaker now takes the TNT plunger into his own grasp. Win or lose, he’ll have debris to show for it.” [Daily News]

–The international hotel brand Selina, offering “an entirely new way for digital nomads and millennials to experience and explore the U.S.,” is opening a location at 138 Bowery. [New York Business Journal]

–NYU Steinhardt will be bringing a food education program to the new Essex Street Market. [Press Release]

–Recalling the early days of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. [New York Times]

–An exhibit of 89 menorahs, some more than 500 years old, just opened at the Museum at Eldridge Street. [NY1]

–50 Years Later, Co-op City in the Bronx. Reviewing the history of the huge housing development that preceded the Lower East Side’s Amalgamated Dwellings. [Curbed]

–Mark Cohen’s “Not Bad for Delancey Street,” dispels the legend of showman Billy Rose. [Wall Street Journal]

–Stanton Social is closing its current location at the end of the year and hopes to relocate. [New York Post]

Bundled Up on Doyers Street

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Good Morning! David Sierra took this photo in Chinatown.

530 Grand St. 2 BR

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Seward Park Reopens After November Storm

The other day we mentioned that Seward Park had been shuttered since last month’s storm. As you might have noticed, the gates are back …

Rendering shows Two Bridges waterfront with several proposed large-scale buildings. Credit: SHoP Architects.

Lawsuits Likely After City Planning Commission Approves Mega-Towers in Two Bridges Area

Ignoring pleas from the Lower East Side community and elected officials, the City Planning Commission approved three mega-projects in the Two Bridges area earlier today. Community groups are now threatening a lawsuit. …

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Inside First Street Green Park

Continuing our partnership with New York City News at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, here’s a look at 1st Street Green …

Lower East Side Links

–A NYU professor and historian says it would be wrong for the New York Archdiocese to sell the former Church of the Nativity to a luxury condo developer. [National Catholic Reporter]

–A community is up in arms about those intercity buses taking over curbside space, and for once it’s not Chinatown/Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–Canada gallery is moving from the Lower East Side to Tribeca. [Art News]

–Meanwhile, Cristin Tierney Gallery is coming to the Lower East Side. [Art News]

–Happiness, writes author Reggie Nadelson, is sitting on a bench outside Russ and Daughters, devouring New York’s best latkes. [New York Times]

–“A motley group of intellectuals and connoisseurs of Yiddish gathered on the Lower East Side,” at the Stanton Street Shul, to hear locally-based conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks talk about his latest exhibition, “Yiddish Cosmos.” [Tablet]

Personalized Plates

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From @gguten, somewhere in Chinatown.


Dedication For Chinatown’s Mabel Lee Post Office Takes Place This Morning

Earlier this year, the U.S Congress approved legislation to rename the Post Office at 6 Doyers Street in Chinatown for suffragette Mabel Lee. This …

A Rainy Sunday on Grand Street


Here was the scene yesterday outside Moishe’s Bakery, courtesy of Alain Levitt.

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Chinatown Jail, Two Bridges Zoning on CB3’s December Agenda

Here’s a look at Community Board 3’s meeting agendas for the month of December.

You heard this week’s news that the city is backing …

Seward Park: Off Limits


Two weeks after the big snow storm, the main gates at Seward Park remain closed. There’s been some cleanup activity, but reopening the park is apparently not a very high priority for the Department of Parks.

Lower East Side Links

–The city’s controversial plan to build a huge new jail at 80 Centre St. has been scrubbed, “mainly over difficulties relocating all the existing tenants in the building, which houses state offices and is used as the city’s marriage license bureau.”  They’re now reverting to an earlier proposal to renovate/expand the existing jail facility at 125 White St. [Daily News]

–Local elected officials react to the city’s change of plans. [Villager]

–The mayor and his deputies are moving ahead with plans for four mega-towers in the Two Bridges neighborhood: “The City Planning Commission is gearing up to vote on the project as early as next week, after stymying a separate effort by two Manhattan politicians to stall construction and require more government input.” Local activists are planning to file a lawsuit in a last ditch effort to stop the projects. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said yesterday: “I am disappointed that the Department of City Planning and the de Blasio administration for some reason do not believe they should go through a public review given the enormity of the project and how it will impact the community.” [Politico- full story by subscription only]

–The City Council pushes to legalize e-bikes, setting up a potential confrontation with the mayor. [Channel 2]

–A mini-Spike Lee fest at the Metrograph with the filmmaker in attendance on Sunday. [Gothamist]