Police Asking for Help in Finding Lower East Side Resident

Police are asking for help finding a woman who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon. 24-year old Helen Lam has a developmental disability and she is diabetic.

Lam was last seen at the AHRC Adult Care facility on Varick Street. Channel 7 reported she used her phone at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, saying she had gotten off the train at 79th Street, that it was raining and she did not know where she was. She lives at 265 Cherry Street.

Lam is 5’2″ or 5’3′, has short black hair, weighs approximately 155 pounds and wears oval shaped glasses. She was last seen wearing light brown/beige pants and a light blue t-shirt and a dark green coat.

Lam speaks Cantonese and English but is very reticent to speak with strangers. She might be wearing an AHRC name tag around her neck.

If found please contact AHRC New York City’s emergency number at 212-453-1905 or email rutha.rosen@ahrcnyc.org. You can also contact the 7th Police Precinct 212-477-7671.


On the Bowery: A Musical Romeo & Juliet

Downtown Art, a company that collaborates with teen actors, writers, composers and musicians, will present The Bowery Wars, Part 1, beginning tomorrow.  The show takes place on the streets, starting at Lafayette & Jersey streets, and ending at Forsyth.  Act 2 is performed in a vacant lot at 19 East 3rd Street.

Downtown Art sets the stage: In the fall of 1903, tensions on the Lower East Side are reaching a breaking point. Two powerful gangs – The Five Pointers and the Eastmans – battle for control of the Bowery, its saloons, dance halls, theaters, and back room gambling dens.  Tammany Hall, now reorganized after the exposure of its corruption and graft, is determined to retake City Hall. As these turf wars rage, two young immigrants – Romeo and Juliet – seek a path out of a hostile world.

The production is led by writer/director Ryan Gilliam and composer Mike Hickey.

Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10 // April 30 – May 22, Sat & Sun, 3:30pm // Outdoors.

Eight Story Building Planned at 154 Madison

A new project at 154 Madison would block the windows of a condo building on the adjacent lot.

The old auto repair shop on the corner of Madison and Pike streets has been shuttered for several years. But something interesting might begin happening here in the not-too-distant future.

Longtime Chinatown resident Way Moy recently asked Community Board 3 to support his plan to build an eight story residential building on the site, 154 Madison Street, property that’s been in his family for many years.  Since the parcel is zoned only for commercial use, Moy needs the approval of the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals.

Limited Time Only, Red Mango Freebies, New Amsterdam Market

Red Mango celebrates a grand opening.

Today’s Lower East Side food news:

  • Chef RJ Cooper pilots his soon-to-open D.C. restaurant on the Lower East Side. The Washingtonian sums up opening night at “Limited Time Only,” the former Broadway East space: “Interesting but perplexing and, in the end, vaguely disappointing.”
  • Free frozen yogurt at Red Mango from 5 p.m.-midnight tonight, in celebration of the chain’s grand opening at 145 Allen Street.
  • Grub Street talks up the fried clam belly sandwiches at the New Amsterdam Market this weekend.

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Parking Proposal, Preservation Push, LES Festival Schedule

  • Neighborhoods that keep in clean could get a break from alternate side parking tyranny (Daily News).
  • A look at the boundaries being considered in the East Village preservation proposal (Curbed).
  • The departing head of the Shuang Wen Academy Network talks about lessons learned during his short tenure (DNA Info).
  • Remembering poet Ira Cohen, one of the last survivors of the Lower East Side Beatnik scene (Jewcy).
  • Schedule for 16th Annual LES Festival of the Arts announced (Broadway World).
  • A conversation with John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants (EV Grieve).

New Security Video Released in Clinton Street Attack

As previously reported, Police are trying to find a suspect who tried to rape a woman in a building stairwell April 14th.  They say he used a knife to force her from an elevator in the Laguardia Houses on Clinton Street, but she was able to fight him off and he fled. Now the NYPD has released surveillance video clearly showing the suspect:

Investigators believe the suspect is also responsible for the rape of a woman in another part of the Laguardia public housing complex on the morning of January 18th, 2010.

The suspect is described as 17 to 25 years old, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall and heavy set.  If you have information about either incident, call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) — enter TIP577.

Good Morning!

We’re getting a respite from the rain! Mostly sunny and 68 today. Sunny with a high in the upper 60’s on Saturday. More of the same Sunday.  It’s a weekend full of outdoor events. Tomorrow, the LES Kids’ Art Bike Parade is held in East River Park. Sunday, a puppet performance in Luther Gulick Park. Check out our Calendar for many more activities.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Hollis Brown

HOLLIS BROWN - Fri, Apr 29 І 7PM at the Mercury Lounge

Since their 2009 debut, Brooklyn’s Hollis Brown has been hard at work, touring the country. Delivering a steady stream of high-energy live performances along with their thoroughly enjoyable pop/rock material, their efforts have begun to pay off, getting them featured on several MTV television shows like the Real World, and an array of high profile festivals. $10//217 E. Houston St.

Taqueria LES Opening This Week

Image via Thrillest.

Thrillest has the scoop on Taqueria LES, opening soon at 198 Orchard Street (just below Houston).  An offshoot of Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City, this place features super simple/authentic tacos, burritos, tamales and enchiladas.  No nachos or gargantuan burritos here. Tacos are…

…topped only with onions, cilantro, and salsa, specially sourced soft shells are wrapped around fillings like fried tilapia, 24hr-marinated spicy hot skirt steak, barbacoa pulled from a four-hour-roasted bone-in shoulder, and Puebla-sourced prickly pear cactus that’s griddle cooked to remove all the “mucous”, which “doesn’t sound too pretty but it rocks”, meaning you can expect some tasty licks. Portuguese bun tortas are layered with carnitas or breaded steak before being slathered w/ beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado & jalapeno; platters range from salsa-simmered salt-cured flank steak to green-sauced pork chops…

No answer at the LES location just yet; we’re told the restaurant will be open for business by Sunday at the latest.

A Rare Look Inside Vacant Essex Street Market Building

We just wrote about last night’s “SPURA Open House,” hosted by the city and Community Board 3. But maybe more intriguing than the event itself was the place in which it was held. Passersby couldn’t help but notice the open door, beckoning visitors inside Essex Market Building D, which has been essentially vacant since 1955.

It might have been one of the last times the general public will see the interior of this building, one of four structures erected in 1940 as part of Mayor LaGuardia’s campaign to get pushcart vendors off the streets.  In preliminary discussions, the city’s design consultants have suggested the parcel on which the market sits would be the ideal location for a new “commercial hub,” possibly an “iconic building” at “the crossroads of the Lower East Side.” 

200 People Attend SPURA Open House

Last night, city planning officials and Community Board 3 hosted a “SPURA Open House” inside the vacant Essex Street Market building on the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets.

It was a chance for residents to have a look at a styrofoam model depicting various urban design options for the redevelopment of the Seward Park site. Neil Kittredge of the architectural firm Beyer Binder Belle, David Quart of the NYC Economic Development Corp., David McWater of CB3 and others were present to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Big Name Bloggers to Read at Happy Ending in Refresh Reading Series

Writer Leon Crawl is bringing his reading series, Refresh Refresh Refresh back to Happy Ending Lounge tomorrow night. The Observer (where Crawl was a former writer) notes:

After a four-month hiatus, the reading series Refresh Refresh Refresh will once again take over Happy Ending, a bar on the Lower East Side. It all goes down this Friday, April 29th, at 8:00 p.m., and promises to be another night of witty prose related somehow to the Internet.

The Clerkenwell, Torrisi Italian Specialties, Rhong Tiam

The Clerkenwell, 49 Clinton Street.

This morning’s Lower East Side good news:

  • Grub Street reports chef Ryan Jordan (previously at the Breslin) is getting comfortable in the kitchen at The Clerkenwell.

Free Family Films this Saturday

Free family film screenings at the BMCC Tribeca PAC

This Saturday April 30, the streets of Tribeca play host to the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair. The activities include two free screenings of family movies at the BMCC Tribeca PAC (at 199 Chambers Street, between Greenwich & West Streets):  The Second Day, a documentary about 9/11 through a child’s eyes, will be screened at 2:30 PM to be followed by a short panel discussion; and  NIKO, a lively animation film, will begin at 4:00 PM. Lines at BMCC begin 30 mins prior to the start of each screening. All seats are FREE and first-come, first-served.

The street fair is from 10am to 6pm on Greenwich Street, from Hubert to Chambers. The festival stages will feature special performances from Broadway shows and local talent. Restaurants and merchants will offer food, refreshment, and merchandise. Local schools will sponsor a variety of fundraising activities, from taekwondo lessons to hairspray painting.

Check out and download the Event Map and for more info.