CB3, City Discuss SPURA with Co-op Residents

Last night, Community Board 3 and city planners took the SPURA show on the road.   A fairly large group of residents from the Grand Street cooperatives attended a briefing at the Educational Alliance on a two-year-old initiative to finally redevelop an infamous  7-acre parcel near the Williamsburg Bridge.

Weekend Guide

Looks like another action-packed fall weekend on the Lower East Side is in store for us:

The Pickle Guys owner Alan Kaufman, one of many participants in this Sunday's 10th Annual International Pickle Day. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-Down

Shuang Wen Academy Network Calls NY1 Report Offensive and Misleading; Demands Apology

Earlier this week, NY1 aired two reports raising questions about Shuang Wen, the highly regarded LES dual language school. Education reporter Lindsay Christ said the Department of Education is investigating the school’s recent decision to charge students for after-school Mandarin instruction. And she reported that the principal and members of the parent association have received threatening letters.  This morning, Winston Chow, executive director of the Shuang Wen Academy Network, responded. Here is the full text of a press release we received a short time ago:

Good Morning: More Bike Battles, Mars Bar as Bohemian “Standard Bearer,” Vintage Film

From International Pickle Day to the Hester Street Fair food festival — there’s plenty happening on the LES this weekend.  The weather will (mostly) cooperate.  59 for a high today and rain showers, beginning mid afternoon. Tomorrow, partly cloudy, windy and a hgh of 62. Sunday, partly cloudy and 67.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Carolina Chocolate Drops

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS – Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm

No two ways about it – the Chocolate Drops are the real deal. Brought up in the south (mostly the Carolinas), this string-band trio is following in the footsteps of their mentor, none other than fiddle legend Joe Thompson.