Community Education Council (District 1) Seeks New Members

District 1’s Community Education Council (CEC1) is looking for a few good parents interested in helping to improve the Lower East Side’s public schools.  There are 12 members on the council (9 parents selected by parent associations, 2 members chosen by the borough president and one student chosen by the community superintendent). Right now, CEC1 has five openings for parent members.

TG-170 Now Open on 77 Ludlow Street

As we noted in September (via Racked), the L.E.S. pioneer boutique TG-170 was forced to close its doors at 170 Ludlow after 18 years of business because of a steep increase in rent. Luckily they have a nice new home at 77 Ludlow Street and are all settled in and ready for business.  We just stopped in and spoke with owner Terri Gillis who asked us to spread the word that they are, indeed, open.

Op/Ed: A Plan for First Street Green Cultural Park

The abandoned public garden space on 1st Street, near 1st Avenue.

During the summer, EV Grieve and DNA Info reported about a campaign by neighbors on East 1st Street to turn a rat infested lot into a community sculpture garden.  Since that time, members of the First Street Green Cultural Park have been working towards making their dream a reality. The following post is authored by Aleksandra Khasina, one of the group’s leaders:

Good Morning: The Last Newspaper, Eddie Huang Blasts Bad Review, Zagat Rankings Released

Later this morning, we’ll be headed over to the New Museum for the opening of The Last Newspaper, an intriguing exhibition exploring the ways artists approach the news.  Look for a full report and photos this afternoon.

We get a break from the rain today but you better enjoy it while you can. Showers return around 7 o’clock tonight.  Look for a high of 64.

In the news, more chatter about Carl Paladino’s war on Sheldon Silver. The Times reports the GOP’s candidate for governor had been trying to come across as less unhinged this week. But the mere mention of Sheldon Silver, who Paladino referred to as a criminal, apparently sent him over the edge.

Tenement Talks: Eric Homberger’s Historical Atlas of New York City

Author and historian Eric Homberger will be on hand to discuss his book, The Historical Atlas of New York City – A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York’s History (Second Edition), this evening at the Tenement Museum as part of their Tenement Talks series. Currently an American studies professor at the University of East Anglia, the author has earned bragging rites for this book as the Tenement Museum’s #1 bestselling book on New York.  FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard Street.