Paladino Calls Silver a Criminal; Silver Responds

This morning, GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino called State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a criminal for blocking legislation that would hurt his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.  Via the New York Post:

The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Museum at Eldridge - Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Window Mock Up. The opening celebration is this Sunday.

Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Wednesday, October 6th

  • The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel screening for caregivers and their babies is Never Let Me Go. The film has been getting good reviews.  It stars the talented and attractive Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield; it’s based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s (Remains of the Day) bestselling novel of the same name.

Chinatown Working Group Charts New Course

In a sometimes tense two-and-a-half hour meeting last night, the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) chose new interim leaders, created a new committee to look at overhauling the organization and scheduled a vote on several “action plans” covering important neighborhood issues.

Members elected two new co-chairs, Gigi Li and Mae Lee, who agreed to head the two-year old community planning group until the end of the year.  Thomas Yu and Jim Solomon, the previous chairs, decided not to accept nominations to serve another term.  Under the present governance structure, one co-chair represents the three downtown community boards (1, 2 and 3), while the other co-chair represents community-based organizations. Gigi Li, member of Community Board 3, was elected as the community-board representative.  She is co-director of the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition.  Mae Lee will serve as the community organization representative. She is executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association.

NYC Knish Crawl Tonight

The popular yet reluctant hosts of NYC Food Crawl are presenting an autumn Knish Crawl this evening. They write:  Originally brought to the Lower East Side by Russian immigrants, the knish is now a New York deli favorite. Potato, spinach, and buckwheat are among the varieties available for your tasting pleasure. And they’re vegetarian. We’ll be visiting some of the folks who make the city’s best knish. Come taste and rate your favorite knishes. Go at your own pace, and pay as you go.

Good Morning: Bowery Real Estate Rebounding, Eldridge Street Window Preview, Remembering Michael Shenker

Hester Street

There’s not much doubt fall is in the air. We’re expecting a high of 60 today with rain showers beginning by about 2pm and continuing into the evening hours.