Frankies, Cafe Pedlar Ending Weekday Breakfast, Lunch Service

Some bad news. Frankies Sputino and Cafe Pedlar, 17 Clinton Street, are dropping their weekday breakfast and lunch service. 

Eater reports: “the two connected restaurants will only open for lunch on Fridays beginning at 11 AM and for brunch on the weekends, starting at 9 AM. The rest of the week it’s dinner only.”

The move is apparently connected to the opening of Frankies on Hudson Street, which is apparently stretching the restaurant’s staff too thin.

“A rep tells Eater that it’s “part of our ongoing quest to improve service and food. Once Hudson street is open, we will be serving breakfast and lunch every day at that location.”

As for the Lower East Side? Sounds like we’re out of luck.


Lower East Side Lens: April 13, 2011

Another photo from  A. Jesse Jiryu Davis — an impromptu portrait made on the streets of the Lower East Side April 13, 2011.

Viewpoints: Expand East River Park

A “letter to The Lo-Down” from Lower East Side resident Joseph Hanania:

As an avid park user, may I propose expanding the East River Park, which will get even more use as SPURA gets developed?

The present green space controversy involves the size and siting of a small park south of the Williamsburg Bridge – which is a bit out of the way, and may not get used a heck of a lot.  What if we could instead use those capital costs to expand the already widely used East River Park?

Third Thursdays – Featured Gallery: Allegra LaViola

Allegra LaViola at her gallery - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for

Tomorrow night, the neighborhood will stay open late for Third Thursdays, a new monthly event from the LES Business Improvement District showcasing the Lower East Side’s flourishing arts scene.  Galleries will be staying open until 9pm and the New Museum is offering free evening admission. As media sponsor of Third Thursdays, we’re pleased to offer a series of participating gallery profiles. Last week, we visited the Allegra LaViola Gallery.

Since moving in to the space at 179 East Broadway, some of the shows the Allegra LaViola Gallery has offered up include a non-stop, three-day live action Dungeons & Dragons tournament with art and performances, monthly “performative dinner parties,” where guests are treated to dinner and art and performance by the artist/s in residence for the evening, and most recently, a collaborative performance and interactive show involving meat, potatoes and knishes.  Oh, and then there’s that provocative exhibit which caused quite a stir in the neighborhood a few weeks ago.

I spoke with LaViola and asked her about the recent controversy.

Historic Protection Sought for Essex Street Market

Community Board 3 and city planning officials have decided to delay an in-depth discussion on the future of the Essex Street Market (it was originally scheduled to take place May 2). Neighborhood activists have been gearing up to defend the four 1940-era buildings for the past four months, ever since it became apparent they might be endangered by the redevelopment of the Seward Park site.

Cynthia Lamb, who’s heading up the new organization, Save the Essex Street Market, has gathered more than 800 signatures in an online petition. And today, members of the group plan to formally ask the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect the market buildings.

Weekend Kid’s Pick

Brothers Grimm fairy tales come to life at the Manhattan Children's Theatre April 23 - May 30

This weekend fairy tales come to life at the Manhattan Children’s Theatre. The show includes every single story written by the Brothers Grimm (abridged, of course) including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Snow White and Cinderella. A cast of four actors tells hundreds of stories in less than an hour.

Suitable for all ages. April 23 – May 30, Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 & 2:00pm. Tickets are $20 ($50 for front row seats, a meet and greet with actors prior to the show, and programs signed by the cast). The theater is at 52 White Street in Tribeca (between Broadway & Church).

After School Anxiety, Graffiti Felon, Speakeasy Celebration

  • The next budget battle: after school programs (Daily News).
  • The 9th Precinct rape trial turns to DNA evidence (Daily News).
  • Street artist Angel Ortiz is at Rikers Island, after being arrested for graffiting over the Kenny Scharf mural and other projects (Artnet).
  • Star chef Daniel Boulud is building a huge commercial kitchen on Extra Place (The Feast).
  • What’s happening at the shuttered Sidewalk Cafe? (EV Grieve).
  • Lillian Sarno celebrates her 102nd birthday at 102 Norfolk, the faux speakeasy known as “The Back Room.”  Lillian celebrated passing the bar in this same spot 78 years ago, when it was a real speakeasy (Post).

Good Morning!

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Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Look for a high of 69 today and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.