Stringer Plans to Release Bike Lane Study Tomorrow

This just arrived in the “in box” from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office:

After receiving numerous constituent complaints from motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer will release an unprecedented survey of bike lane safety in Manhattan. The RESPECT THE LANES/CLEAR THE PATH study is based on data collected at eleven Manhattan bike lanes during recent morning and evening rush hours.

Stringer has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow, 11am, at the southeast corner of St. Mark’s & 2nd Avenue.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Chris Cochrane

SOUND CHECK ’86 – Friday, October 8 | 7pm at New Museum

New York experimental songster Chris Cochrane jumped onto the scene in the early 1980s with rough yet considered compositions, collaborating with the likes of John Zorn, Marc Ribot and others. Cochrane returns to his 80s era musings with Sound Check at the New Museum (as part of an ongoing live rehearsal series titled THEM AND NOW).

Settlement Summit Held on Lower East Side

Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble performs at Settlement Summit. Photo by: Sean Sime.

This week, leaders of community-oriented social service organizations from around the world are gathering on the Lower East Side.  The Settlement Summit, the largest meeting of its kind ever held, includes workshops, topical conversations, site tours and (as you can see above) some entertainment.  University Settlement, the oldest settlement house in this country, is helping to host the unprecedented event, as a kind of lead-up to its 125th anniversary celebration later this year.

Woman Dressed as a Knish Will Parade Down 2nd Avenue

We’ve received word that a five-foot tall knish will grace Second Avenue this Sunday at 4pm, leading a processional along the blocks that were once called “Knish Alley.” The event is part of the Conflux Festival happening throughout the East Village this weekend. The very creative press release states:

The walking, talking potato pocket will parade up and down the thoroughfare nicknamed Knish Alley in the heyday of Yiddish theater.

The knish processional kicks off at Abe Lebewohl Park, at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and 10th Street, and will stop at the Yiddish Art Theater (now Village East/City Cinemas) and the Yiddish Walk of Fame, which showcases the names of Yiddish actors in granite stars embedded in the sidewalk. The Yiddish Walk of Fame was installed in 1984 in front of the Second Avenue Deli by Abe Lebewohl, who opened the restaurant in 1954. Lebewohl was murdered in a 1996 robbery.

L.E.S. Harvest Festival This Weekend

The Hester Street Greenmarket and the Hester Street Fair are bringing a Harvest Festival to the Lower East Side this Sunday. Sounds like fun for the whole family as events touted include a doughnut eating contest, pumpkin painting, hay bales and fresh apple cider pressed on site – not to mention the fall bounty from the Greenmarket. Free // 12-4p // Essex and Hester Street.

Good Morning: MTA Fare Increase, Bedbug Fears in NYC Schools, Bowery Rezoning

Museum at Eldridge St. - photo via

The forecasters promise we’ll see some sunshine today but it’s going to be windy this afternoon. Look for a high of 72. The Museum at Eldridge Street has been getting quite a bit of attention in the last week or so, as this weekend’s debut of a new stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith approaches. We’re heading over to the museum this morning for a press preview and will have more details about the weekend’s festivities later.