Landmarks Commission Considers Loew’s Canal Theater Tomorrow

Photo: LES Tenement Museum

Tomorrow’s a big day for neighborhood activists intent on protecting one of the Lower East Side’s historic jewels, the Loew’s Canal Theater.  Back in March, we covered an initial hearing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  It looks all but certain the commissioners will vote to protect the theater’s facade. But the fate of the sprawling building, 31 Canal, remains uncertain.

My L.E.S. – Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley in Gulick Park

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.


What do you do?

Currently, I’m a stay-at-home dad with my 7-month-old son; he came along at the right time, just as I was opting out of a philosophy doctoral program and academic life. So I do funny faces, funny sounds, and more generally help him explore his place in the world. To keep busy with ‘more adult’ things, I’ve been volunteering with The Friends of Gulick Park and with the core-group developing The Lower East Side Food Co-op.

Key SPURA Meeting Takes Place Tonight


Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.

For many months, a task force trying to reach a community-wide consensus on the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) has steadfastly avoided a contentious issue. That issue – how much affordable housing should be built on the parcels (bulldozed in 1967) – will finally be addressed tonight. Members of CB3’s land use committee will take part in what’s sure to be a lively discussion — at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall (184 Eldridge Street), at 630pm.

The conversation will be moderated by John Shapiro and Eva Baron, urban planners hired by the city to help facilitate an agreement. After leading an initial meeting in April, they have been conducting one-on-one interviews with various “stakeholders.”  Now the time has come for the larger group to tackle the most controversial subjects.

Make Music New York Takes Over the Streets for the First Day of Summer

Make Music New York is celebrating it’s fourth year of taking over the streets on the first day of summer.  Free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City will be taking place all day from 11am – 10p tonight. Visit their site here for an impressive list of live music happening throughout the Lower East Side. Highlights include music on the Allen Street Pedestrian Island beginning at 4p, and a free rooftop concert at the Educational Alliance with the eclectic Shul Band (which plays regularly at the The Shul at Angel Orensanz) followed by the JP Bowersock Quintet. (Bowersock is former Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ guitarist; known at the Strokes “Guru.”) FREE // 6-8p // 6th floor rooftop – 197 E. Broadway.

Campos Plaza “End of Year Festival” Today

Our friends at the Campos Plaza housing development asked us to help get the word out for their “End of the Year Festival,” taking place today from 1-7pm. There will be food, fun activities, carnival games, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy and music. Campos Plaza is located at 611 East 13th Street. For more information call 212-306-4463 or 212-306-3506.

In Defense of Girls Prep, Saving 206 Bowery, Txikito Chef’s LES Favs

“Insane hairsplitting” in the fight over Girls Prep (Daily News).

Fighting to save 206 Bowery (Bowery Boogie).

What happened to Klein’s Fat Men’s Shop? (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York).

Good Morning!

The greenmarket returned to the Lower East Side on a sultry Sunday -- setting up in a new location next to the Hester Street Fair.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 89. Looks like our next chance of showers is on Wednesday. There’s an important Community Board 3 meeting tonight. At long last, the land use committee is tackling the contentious issue of affordable housing on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Tomorrow the Landmarks Preservation Commission considers protecting part of the Loews Canal Theater. More on both stories coming up. Plus “My LES.” Check back to see one of your neighbors’ favorite things in the hood.