The Heat is On – and NYC Cooling Centers are Open!

According to, it’s a miserable 101 degrees in the city right now. With that it mind, it seems like a good time to remind everyone that the city’s cooling centers are OPEN. Here are the Lower East Side locations:

  • The Bowery Resident’s Committee Senior Nutrition Program, 30 Delancey
  • University Settlement Nutrition Program, 189 Allen
  • Seward Park Library, 193 East Broadway
  • Educational Alliance Senior Center, 197 East Broadway
  • United Jewish Communities Adult Luncheon Club, 15 Bialystoker Place
  • Henry Street Settlement, Good Companions Center, 334 Madison

There’s a searchable database of all cooling centers on the city’s Office of Emergency Management web site.

Tenement Talks – Cait Murphy’s Scoundrels in Law

Author Cait Murphy will be speaking about her latest book, Scoundrels in Law: The Trials of Howe & Hummel, Lawers to the Gangsters, Cops, Starlets, and Rakes Who Made the Gilded Age, at the Tenement Museum tomorrow night as part of their Tenement Talks series. The book offers an inside look at crime and punishment in the nineteenth century through the eyes of two of the most colorful and notorious law partners in American history.  Listen to her read an excerpt on Vanity Fair’s blog here. FREE // Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 // 6:30p // 108 Orchard St.

Is Violent Crime Increasing on the Lower East Side?

There’s been a lot of coverage in the tabloids the past few months about the rising crime rate in New York City. Just today, the Daily News reported there have been 59 murders in North Brooklyn this year (there were 43 in the same period last year). Citywide the murder rate is up 11 percent. But what’s the story on the Lower East Side?

Here’s a snapshot of the neighborhood’s three precincts, based on the NYPD’s controversial CompStat figures:

Councilmember Margaret Chin’s First Year Funding Choices

Last week the City Council approved Mayor Bloomberg’s $63 billion “austerity” budget, cutting funds for schools, libraries and social programs.  Included in the budget: about $165 million in discretionary spending controlled by the Council. Around a fifth of the discretionary fund is set aside for so-called “member items,” projects sponsored by individual Council members. This week we’re going to take a look at the funding choices made by Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, our representatives at City Hall.

Manhattan’s White Population, Girls Prep CEO Steps Down, Land Use Loopholes

White population rises in Manhattan (NYT).

Girls Prep principal resigns (Norm’s Notes).

What it will take to improve New York’s land use review process (Gotham Gazette).

Another thrift store is closing (EV Grieve).

The New Museum has a new blog (Always Open).

Good Morning!

At a community BBQ in Columbus Park yesterday, people waiting in line for burgers and hot dogs sought refuge from the blazing heat, under their umbrellas. Another scorcher today. We’re expecting a high of 100 degrees, and it doesn’t look like there will be much relief until the weekend, at the earliest.