Museum at Eldridge Street Crowns Restoration With Stunning Stained-Glass Window

Emotions were running high yesterday in the Museum at Eldridge Street, as the beautiful new stained-glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans made a formal debut. The permanent installation marks the end of the epic restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, after more than two decades.

CB3 Committee Signals Support for Stalled East Broadway Building

An update on 183 East Broadway, the stalled “sliver” building that was idled by the Department of Buildings in early 2009.  The owner has come before Community Board 3 at least five times in recent months, seeking support for a variance to complete the 7-story apartment building.

The developer, Wai Sun Realty, says it didn’t know 183 East Broadway was too big for the lot — and the Buildings Department didn’t raise any red flags until months after construction began.  In the past CB3 has refused to offer an opinion. But this past week, the zoning & housing committee forwarded a draft resolution to the full board. It reads:

New Pedestrian Safety Measures at Canal & East Broadway

In the last several days, you may have noticed, the city has made some changes to the intersection of East Broadway and Canal, alongside Seward Park.  New pylons and street markings have created a larger pedestrian area, just to the east of Essex Street. In the new configuration, cars heading west on East Broadway must make a relatively sharp turn on to Canal. 

Stringer Calls For Stepped Up Enforcement to Clear Bike Lanes

There was a media happening this morning at the corner of St. Marks Place & 2nd Avenue. Channel 2, Channel 5 and NY1 crowded onto the sidewalk to hear Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer reveal results of an “unprecedented survey of bike lane safety.”

Weekend Guide

Trick 'R Treat, a Creep-Showesqe collection of scary stories at Midnight at the Sunshine Cinema this weekend

What to do with a gorgeous fall weekend on the Lower East Side?  We have plenty of suggestions:

Along with our Weekend Music Picks, The Lo-Down List and the L.E.S. Harvest Festival (not to mention the 5 foot tall Knish parading down Second Avenue) here are a few more items of note:

Good Morning: Chinatown Smuggling Ring Busted, Select Bus Service Debuts, Grub Street Comes to the LES

It looks like we’re in for a beautiful fall weekend. Sunny and 74 today, 70 and sunny tomorrow, sunny and 67 Sunday. And as an extra bonus, Monday’s a holiday.  A reminder that government offices and schools will be closed – alternate side parking rules are suspended.