Storm Watch Saturday: Lower East Side Edition

This was the scene last night outside Seward Park High School, the neighborhood’s designated hurricane shelter. There were plenty of supplies on hand, cots set up inside — but no one had checked in. A newspaper photographer and some Euro shutterbugs were the only passersby we noticed. As today’s 5 p.m. Zone A evacuation order approaches, we’ll see if there’s more activity here.

In a briefing this morning, the mayor’s office predicted the storm would hit the city tonight with winds between 55-75 mph.  The mayor indicated there’s a possibility power will be cut off downtown, once the storm hits.

Here’s the latest LES-related Irene news:

  • The New Museum is closed this weekend.
  • The BMW Guggenheim Lab is closed this weekend.
  • Today’s home-buying seminar sponsored by Asian Americans for Equality has been cancelled.
  • A memorial service for dancer Alexander Espinal Rodriguez, which was supposed to take place tomorrow at Henry Street Settlement, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.
  • Dora, the East Broadway coffee shop, is closed until Monday.
  • Cafe Grumpy on Essex closes at 11 a.m. and will be closed tomorrow.
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor is open, at least until mid-afternoon.
  • Russ & Daughters is open today.
  • The Doughnut Plant is closed.
  • Tre on Ludlow Street is opening today for brunch at noon.
  • Orchard Street’s newest restaurant, Interstate Food & Liquor, will be open for drinks today (as late as they can) but will be closed Sunday.
  • The Union Square Greenmarket is open until 11 a.m.
  • Alias will be open for brunch and, possibly, an early, limited dinner service.

(more to come)