Campaign Home Stretch, Homage to LES Chef, Boutique Blues

The ongoing transformation taking place at the former home of Guss' Pickles.

We’re looking for a frenzied four days of campaigning leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. The Rosh Hashanah holiday and tomorrow’s anniversary of 9-11 have combined to condense the final phase of the political calendar.

Here on the Lower East Side the race to watch is, of course, the 14th Congressional District contest between Rep. Carolyn Maloney and challenger Reshma Saujani. If you’re out and about this morning, you’ll probably spot City Councilmember Margaret Chin at the Madison and Rutgers subway stop, campaigning for Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman.

In other news today, a memorial to murder victim Devin Thompson has gone up outside the night club, “Sin Sin,”  in spite of objections from the bar’s owner.  The Indypendent profiles three activists involved in the recent Girls Prep controversy: Jessica Santos, Mona Davids and Lisa Donlan.  EV chef David Chang says LES chef Wylie Dufresne “single-handedly revolutionized the Lower East Side. He should get royalties for every building that has gone up since his restaurant (71 Clinton Fresh Food opened on Clinton Street).”

Finally, pioneering boutique TG 170 has been forced to move to a smaller location (at the corner of Ludlow and Broome), due to the “effects of the still-suffering economy and a $12,000-a-month rent increase.”  The good news? They’re having a great sale.

A nice, fall-like weekend, is ahead. 76 and sunny today. Sunny and 79 tomorrow. 71 with a chance of thunderstorms Sunday.