Follow-up: Fatal Fire at 124 Ludlow

Claudette Rivera. Photo credit: Frances Ayers.

A few days ago, Lower East Side resident Frances Ayers left a comment on news coverage of the January 7th fire that killed her longtime neighbor, 72-year-old Claudette Rivera.  Ayers suffered second degree burns when she attempted to rescue Rivera from her second floor apartment at 124 Ludlow.

A Fire Department investigation found Rivera’s clothing caught on fire, after she turned on the two front burners of her stove to keep warm. In our roundup of fire reporting, we noted that residents disagreed about whether there was heat in the building when the fire broke out that morning. In Ayers’ remarks, she wrote “I know for a fact that there was no heat beginning 11pm the night before.”

Back to “Square One” at 180 Ludlow and 163 Orchard

180 Ludlow Street.

The saga of 180 Ludlow, one of the Lower East Side’s most infamous stalled building sites, is taking another strange turn.  The luxury hotel turned rental apartment building is now a hotel project again. This is, at least, the hope of developer Serge Hoyda, who has been having a very rough time winning the approval of the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA).

Last night Jessica Loeser, Hoyda’s attorney (and a public member of CB3’s land use and zoning panel) walked her colleagues on the committee through the latest strategy to close up the hulking shell of a building that has been a blight on the neighborhood since 2007.  Having recused herself from voting on the issue, Loeser explained that the application for a zoning variance (needed to convert the hotel to an apartment complex) was withdrawn, after it became clear the BSA was “not warming up to the proposal.”

Tony Winners Jason Robert Brown and Anika Noni Rose to Perform at Abrons

Jason Robert Brown and Anika Noni Rose will perform at Abrons for three nights in April.

Broadway fans are in for a treat.  Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown is bringing his solo show downtown to the Abrons Arts Center for three nights in April.  The concert will feature another Tony winner (and rising star), Anika Noni Rose, with an eight-piece band performing songs from Jason’s acclaimed musicals (such as Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last Five Years, and 13) as well as his solo albums and upcoming projects.

New Charter School Hearing Tomorrow Evening

A notice from District 1’s Community Education Council:

Thursday February 17th, 2010
Located at Manhattan Charter School
100 Attorney Street

To hear community input on proposal to open a new charter school in lower Manhattan. The proposed charter school will serve grades K-5, have a target population similar to the population currently served by Manhattan Charter School where 80% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 18% are identified as special education. The proposed schools will have an enrollment of 72 students in a year one and 274 student’s full capacity. The proposed school will replicate the academic program on Manhattan Charter School and the mission of the proposed school will be the same.

* Comments may also be submitted via email or in writing to Manhattan Charter School II (Proposed), 100 Attorney Street, New York NY 10002

Pedestrian Killed, 35 Cooper Square Saga, Fashion Designer Heads Downtown

  • A pedestrian was struck and killed at Delancey and Bowery on Monday (DNA Info).
  • CB3’s SLA Committee says no to Snack Dragon and Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza, yes to Family Recipe – a Japanese restaurant on Eldridge Street (Eater).
  • Moshe Tendler, outspoken Jerusalem rabbi, may have learned to speak his mind in his formative years on the Lower East Side (JTA).
  • Menswear designer Jay Kos ditches the Upper East Side for cheaper digs on East Houston Street (Crain’s).
  • Lynda Benglis, the subject of a New Museum retrospective, has been challenging the status quo for decades (NYT).
  • Piers Faccini, citizen of the world, performs at the Living Room tonight (WSJ).

Good Morning!

Sun shine on me

Photo by C. Merry.

Cloudy this morning, giving way to sunshine this afternoon. We’re expecting a high of 46 and not quite as windy as yesterday (10-15 mph).