Squadron Organizes Meeting with New SLA Chair, Political Leaders

The following news release popped up on State Senator Daniel Squadron's web site today:

"Senator Squadron Brings SLA Chair Rosen and CEO Mead to 25th Senate District for Nightlife Discussion with Community"

It went on to explain he invited the new chairman of the State Liquor Authority (SLA), Dennis Rosen, and other SLA officials to meet yesterday with a group of political and community leaders. They included City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin (CD1 Democratic nominee), members of several community boards and representatives of neighborhood advocacy groups.

According to the release, "the discussion, proposed by Senator Squadron this summer during the
State Senate's confirmation process, provided a forum for community
leaders to speak directly with SLA leadership about community concerns
regarding nightlife, including overcrowding of bars, high noise levels,
and other quality of life issues."

“Apples on Orchard” This Sunday

We've barely had a chance to recover from the International Pickle Festival. Now it's time for another food festival, "Apples on Orchard." Here's the release from the LES Business Improvement District:


wonder how Orchard Street got it's name? Well, for much of New York
City's early history, Orchard Street was just that, a path into a
lovely apple orchard, owned by a family named Delancey.  This Sunday, October 18th, you can go apple picking again right where it all started. From 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and Mark Miller Gallery will host our second annual Apples on Orchard: New York City Apple Day.

Screening Tonight – The LES: An Endangered Place

During the summer, we mentioned a new film, "The Lower East Side: An Endangered Place." Produced by the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and directed by M.A. Shumin, the film looks at the impact of gentrification on the neighborhood. Tonight at 630, there will be a screening and panel discussion about the film at the Tenement Museum. Here's a look at the trailer:

"The LES: An Endangered Place," was part of the Asian American Film Festival. In July, Shumin and ManSee Kong, the director of "Here to Stay," a film about gentrification in Chinatown, spoke with Brian Lehrer of WNYC:

If you would like to attend tonight's event, go to the Tenement Museum's web site, where you can RSVP. It's likely the screening, part of the Museum's popular "Tenement Talks" series, will attract a sizable crowd.

Debate Wrap, DBGB Awarded Two Stars, Jon Spencer on the LES

Wednesday news links

Recapping last night's mayoral debate, the Times suggests: "Neither candidate seemed to land a decisive punch that would alter the course of a lopsided campaign."

The Gotham Gazette looks at why New York City's crime rate has fallen so low during the Bloomberg era.

Let the Sam Sifton era begin! The New York Times' new restaurant reviewer picks DBGB, Daniel Boulud's outpost on the Bowery, for his very first review. He awards it two stars.

Florence Fabricant talks up "Mother-in-Law's Kimchi," which had its debut at the International Pickle Festival, last month. It's creator, Young Ja Chun, traveled all the way from California to serve it up to the masses on the Lower East Side. It's available at Best Farm Fruits & Vegetables in the Essex Street Market.

The Village Voice visits with Jon Spencer in his "nicely renovated basement" studio on the LES, ahead of next week's release of his latest album.

“FAB Gone BAD” Fundraiser Tonight At Crash Mansion

Ico1183Fourth Arts Block, the leadership of the East 4th Street Cultural District, will be hosting a fundraiser at Crash Mansion (199 Bowery) tonight starting at 7:30p. The non-profit group is celebrating everyone's "naughty side" with an array Burlesque performances by Lady Scoutington, Tragedy Ashley, Maxine La Rue, Brown Girls Burlesque and musical performances by Giftshop, XTINA, Tongue in Public, and Dirty Excuse. You can still buy discount tickets ($16) on their website and tickets at the door will sell for $20. There will be give-aways all night long, with a Grand Raffle Prize at the end of the night.

More on the Jarmulowsky Bank Building

In a news release (via Curbed), the Landmarks Preservation Commission confirms what we reported earlier today: they've voted in favor of landmark status for the Jamulowsky Bank Building. Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said, “the bank building became an instant landmark when it opened, towering above its surroundings and showcasing its owner’s financial strength, and has stood since then as a symbol of the Jewish immigrant experience in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

The release goes on to highlight some of the building's special features:

The corner skyscraper features a rusticated ground floor executed in Indiana limestone, an ornate terra-cotta crown and an elaborate corner entrance that led to a two-story banking hall. The highlight of the ground floor is a carved panel over the entrance containing a clock framed by rosettes and a helmeted figure resembling Hermes, the Greek god of commerce.

Tierney said the building, currently vacant, was most recently purchased in 2006. Its current owner, the release adds, intends "to convert it to residential use."

Pong is Coming to Empty Grand Street Storefront

The guys behind the LES Wedding Chapel are heading south of Delancey. Beginning Friday, they’ll be operating a ping pong parlor out of a vacant storefront on Grand Street, just east of Essex. Ben and Hall Smyth operate “Grand Opening,” an offshoot of their design firm, in which a different “business” pops up every few months. Since the summer, they’ve been running a popular Vegas-style wedding Chapel – capturing the imagination of romantics and garnering lots of media attention (see our video with Margie and her dog, about to get married at Grand Opening).

Commission Votes to Make Jarmulowsky Bank Building Historic Landmark


According to the Architect's Newspaper Blog, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to designate the Jarmulowsky Bank Building at 54 Canal Street an historic landmark. The 1912, 12-story Beaux Arts style building has long been a mainstay of the neighborhood's historic walking tours. It has been on and off the market in recent years, most recently for $37 million (back in March).

The AN Blog said, the Jarmulowsky building " was praised by the commissioners for being a monumental structure in an otherwise low-rise neighborhood." After yesterday's public hearing, there are still a couple more steps before it's officially a protected landmark. The City's Planning Commission has 60 days to prepare a report on the "effects of the designation as it relates to
zoning, projected public improvements, and any other city plans for the
development or improvement of the area involved." The City Council then must approve of the designation.