Select Bus Service along 1st and 2nd avenues debuted on Sunday. But since yesterday was a holiday, the system is getting its first big test today. Transportation advocates rode the express bus down to the LES this morning, stopping on East Houston for a photo op and some bagels from Russ & Daughters. Streetsblog has a first day assessment.
We just returned from the Allen Street pedestrian malls, where the Hester Street Collaborative unveiled “Mall-terations,” a temporary art exhibition. Pictured: (L-R) artist Marcelo Ertorteguy, artist Mateo Pinto, artist Carolina Cisneros, Dylan House of the Hester Street Collaborative and artist Sara Valente. The project was made possible through a grant from the NYC Department of Transportation. Look for our full report tomorrow.
The Grand Street Settlement is holding their “fall rock fundraiser” on Thursday evening at Think Coffee. This is their second year hosting the event and they have added musicians David Rogue and Jimmy McDonald to the bill. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards Grand Street Settlment’s various community programs. Go here for tickets. Tickets start at $20 // 8pm // 248 Mercer Street (btw 3rd & 4th Streets).
Infamous story-telling “hub,” The Moth, is back at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this evening with their monthly StorySLAM. This month’s rather broad theme is “Science.” Story-tellers are selected out of a hat (go early to put your name in) and each gets five minutes to wow the judges (and audience) with their own story – no readings or cheat sheets allowed.
$8 // 7pm // 236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C.
A few neighborhood food notes to pass along:
- Fontanas is throwing a “Mad Men” finale party. There will be prizes for the best dressed and, of course, classic cocktails.
- And you can now eat lunch at Casa Mezcal. Among the specialties: huevos a La mexicana, omelet de nopales and tacos variados y muchõ mas.
District 1 City Councilmember Margaret Chin is holding an open house this coming Friday, October 15th. It’ll be from 1-6pm at her district office, 165 Park Row, Suite 11. The event should be a good opportunity to meet Chin’s staff and chat with her about what’s going on downtown. District 1 includes the Lower East Side (below Houston Street), Soho, Tribeca, the Financial District and Chinatown.
After last night’s dramatic storm, skies are clearing this morning and we’ll be warming to a high of 68.