Taste of the LES: A Casa Fox

Melissa Fox

We’re continuing our profiles of restaurants participating in the 10th annual Taste of the Lower East Side.  The event, benefiting the Grand Street Settlement, will be held April 29th. Today we’re featuring A Casa Fox, the Latin restaurant and catering company on Orchard Street.

A few years ago, Melissa Fox definitely didn’t see herself working in the food business. A film executive in Los Angeles, she decided it was time to come home, although she wasn’t really sure what was next in her professional life. It just so happens she was flying to New York on September 11th, 2001. Like so many other people, the events that day prompted Fox to do some serious soul searching. She began cooking for friends (mostly for therapy), and pretty soon strangers were calling out of the blue asking her to cater small parties and other events.

LES Organizations Mobilize for Big Census Outreach Weekend

Consider this: New York will lose around $3,000 per year for every person who is not counted in the 2010 U.S. Census. This is why elected officials, including Michael Bloomberg, have poured a lot of time and energy into making sure more New Yorkers participate this year than in the year 2000, when scarcely more than half of the state’s known residents took part.

Force of Forward – Public Video Event at the Anchorage

Christine Schulz, Still from “GODSPEED IV,” 5 mins. 2010

Although it’s a little lower and farther east than we usually tread, there is an interesting public event happening over the next three nights on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage (at intersections of Front St./Pearl/Anchorage Place in Dumbo). “Force of Forward,” curated by Leo Kuelbs Collection, is a screening by four video artists with international backgrounds, focusing on ideas of momentum and forward motion. The program begins at sundown and is comprised of four short videos (mostly around 5 minutes) set to loop until Midnight.

Jimmy Wales – Founder (Co-founder?) of Wikipedia at New Museum Tonight

Jimmy Wales

The New Museum‘s Stuart Regen Visionaries Series lecture will be given by Wikipedia founder (or co-founder, depending on which Wikipedia entry you read) Jimmy Wales tonight at 7:00pm. (There are cocktails beginning at 6:30p.) Wales was recognized as one of the world’s most influential people in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category of “Time 100 Award” in 2006. The Visionaries Series at the New Museum honors special individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture, and are actively imagining a better future. $20 members. $30 non-members.

Senior Centers Threatened, Rental Market Recovers, Nicky’s Stays in the EV

State budget cuts could shutter 81 senior centers, including the Lilian Wald senior center on the LES (NBC New York).

More signs of recovery in New York’s rental market (Real Deal).

The Charter Review Commission: “No rubber stamp for the mayor.” (NYT).

The Educational Alliance prepared for recession (Examiner).

Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches in moving from its East 2nd Street location, but is not going far (EV Grieve).

Trees for East Broadway

Photos by Mitch Weinstein

Even as we speak, city workers are beautifying the Lower East Side. Moments ago, Mitch Weinstein sent in these photos from his perch high above East Broadway. The trees are going in in front of the Educational Alliance (between Clinton and Jefferson Streets).

Good Morning!

Kids' park

East River Park. Photo by Dyske Suematsu via Flickr.

One more day of our oddly warm weather. Look for a high of about 80 today, before our weekend cool-down. The photo above from East River Park is in honor of tonight’s public hearing seeking input on the city’s plans for NYC’s waterfront. Also tonight, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is at the New Museum. Coming up today, we’ll have a look at the big weekend push by the U.S. Census, as they try to boost New York’s participation. Also, we’ll have the second part of our series profiling restaurants taking part in the Taste of the LES (A Casa Fox). Stay cool!