Asian Americans For Equality to Honor Green Community Activists at Summer Street Fest

2011 Chinatown Summer Street Fest Honorees - from left: Dylan House, Kirsti Bambridge, Thomas Yu, Sheela Feinberg, John Leo and Wilson Soo

Asian Americans For Equality announced the 2011 Honorees for the 2011 Chinatown Summer Street Festival with the theme, “Building Green and Healthy Communities.”  The honorees include Dylan House – Program Manager at Hester Street Collaborative, Kirsti Bambridge – Outreach Coordinator at Partnerships for Parks, Sheelah Feinberg – Executive Director, NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, John Leo – Public Affairs at Con Edison, Wilson Soo –  Program Associate at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and Lisa Kaplan – Chief of Staff for Councilmember Rosie Mendez.

Bialystoker Home Listed for Sale

It looks like residents and employees of the Bialystoker nursing home on East Broadway were right.  In the past couple of weeks, they learned that the facility, which has served the Lower East Side for 80 years, is shutting down. During a rally yesterday, protesters expressed fears that the non-profit organization’s board is determined to turn the site into a luxury apartment complex.

Today a reader of The Lo-Down points us to the following real estate listing on the Grubb & Ellis web site, for 222-230 East Broadway:

Grubb & Ellis New York, Inc. has been engaged as exclusive agent by Bialystoker Center and Bikur Cholim, Inc. to offer for sale the fee-simple interest in 222-226 and 228-230 East Broadway, New York, NY. Situated at the corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Property currently consists of a private park and nursing home facility that is in the process of ceasing operations. The approximately 11,886-square-foot land area on which these lie will therefore be available for development; under current zoning the site can accommodate a residential development of up to 71,554 square feet or 77,259 square feet with a community facility component.

Former Bialystoker Building Has a “Flight of the Conchords” Connection

In our story yesterday about the closure of the Bialystoker Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at 228 East Broadway, we mentioned this property: 232 East Broadway. The former medical office building was sold last year by the nursing home, apparently to an LLC controlled by Ira Meister, a real estate developer and chairman of the Bialystoker board.

This building also has another claim to fame. If you’re a fan of the HBO series, Flight of the Conchords, you already know it was supposedly the New Zealand Consulate. The band’s manager, worked here as the “deputy cultural attache!”

600 Digitas Employees Descend on Henry Street Settlement, Spruce Up the LES

Photo by Ryan Wenzel/Henry Street Settlement.

600 employees from Digitas, the international marketing firm, fanned out across the neighborhood yesterday — paint brushes, hammers and gardening tools in hand.  They came to Henry Street Settlement to take part in a volunteer day at nine locations on the Lower East Side.

In the early morning, the Digitas team filtered into the amphitheater at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street.  Henry Street Executive Director David Garza told them contributions of time and effort are just as important as corporate donations in keeping the large social service organization strong. See more photos after the jump.

Fleeing Suspect Interupts National Night Out on Stanton Street

28th Annual National Night Out from Village Beat Report on Vimeo.

During Tuesday’s National Night Out celebration on Stanton Street there was lots of talk about a diturbance that took place as 7th Precinct Commander Nancy Barry was addressing the crowd assembled for the anti-violence event. Now The East Village Local has more on the incident.

According to the report, “a man fleeing the scene of a gang assault made an unlucky wrong turn and ran right into police listening to (Barry’s remarks).”  A police spokesman said he was among a group of 7 who allegedly assaulted a 24-year old man near the intersection of Ridge and Attorney streets, just a few steps away from the National Night Out stage. More details:

The police quickly pinned the suspect against a wall and put him in handcuffs. Five minutes after they had the suspect in custody, the festivities resumed. The six other suspects were also arrested, according to a police spokesman. The group was charged with a variety of different crimes, including gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon (the result of a bottle allegedly thrown at the scene of the crime), possession of marijuana, and jumping bail. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and treated for a laceration to his arm.

Morning Reads: 1993 Rape Confession, More on the Time Share Backyard, Beneath the Bowery

  • A prisoner in Virginia yesterday admitted to the rape of a girl on the Lower East Side in 1993 (NYT).
  • More on the Time Share Backyard on Ludlow Street; lawmakers say they’ll “keep a close eye on the partying.” (Post)
  • A new “for rent” sign pops up at 34 Avenue A, the old Aces & Eights spot (EV Grieve).
  • Opponents of the proposed SOHO BID are not satisfied with a scaled down plan (Downtown Express).
  • Governor Cuomo orders a task force to look into the salaries of non-profit executives (Daily News).
  • A lesson in gentrification: “taking back the city from the working class.” (Jeremiah)
  • Touring the abandoned Bowery subway station (My Block NYC).

Good Morning!

Photo by Vivienne Gucwa;

After last night’s rain showers, we’ll see cloudy skies this morning, clearing in the afternoon and a high of 81.