Affordable Housing Advocates Hold SPURA Meetings

Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.

After a two month hiatus, a Community Board 3 panel seeking a consensus on the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) will reconvene on October 20th.  It will be the fourth and final “facilitated session” led by John Shapiro, chair of he Pratt Institute’s Center for Planning & the Environment.

But during the break, activists and city officials have been busy working on the SPURA issue, which has divided the Lower East Side for 43 years. Yesterday afternoon, for example, the neighborhood preservation organization, GOLES, held the first of three community meetings to gather feedback from residents about the future of the development site, 10 parcels adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.

New Museum Tackles News With “The Last Newspaper”

The New Museum is teaming up with a slew of journalism organizations, writers, artists and organizations to produce their latest exhibit, The Last Newspaper, which opens Wednesday. The exhibit will focus on the way artists respond to various forms of news.  They write:

The exhibition will animate the Museum with signature artworks and a constant flow of information-gathering and processing undertaken by organizations and artist groups that have been invited to inhabit offices within the museum’s galleries.

Girls Prep “Report Card” Score Drops

Parents spoke out about Girls Prep expansion plan at two public hearings last year.

For more than a year, we followed the saga surrounding Girls Prep, the charter school that fought to expand its middle school on the Lower East Side. Gotham Schools notes it’s one of two schools that performed particularly badly in the latest progress reports released by the NYC Department of Education:

Seward Park Library to Present L.E.S. Heritage Film Series

Still of Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II via IMDb

The Seward Park Library is offering a new film series called the LES Heritage Film Series. They will be screening historical documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan, on the first Tuesday of every month.

Tenement Talks: Loise W. Knight on Jane Addams – Tonight

Louise W. Knight, author of the highly praised biography, Jane Addams: Spirit in Action, will be featured in the Tenement Talks series at the Tenement Museum this evening. Knight will be discussing Jane Addams’ riveting story – she was an activist (founder of the Hull House, the first settlement house in the U.S.), a presidential advisor and the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize – with writer and critic Vivian Gornick. FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard Street.

Good Morning: Cuomo on the LES, the EDC’s Seward Park Role, 183 East Broadway Saga Continues

A soggy start to the week, weather wise. A high of 58 today with showers continuing through the night, and maybe into tomorrow.