LES Bites: Lost Weekend, Heartbreak, Shang

Shang, the high-end restaurant in the Thompson LES Hotel.

Here’s what’s happening today on the Lower East Side food/restaurant beat:

  • T Magazine talks up the “Modern Bromance” taking place at Lost Weekend, the new coffee bar and lifestyle shop on lower Orchard Street.
  • Heartbreak, the German-Swiss spot on East 2nd Street, is closed for good. Not even a Michelin star, awarded just last week, could save the year old restaurant.
  • Eater reports that Shang, the sushi restaurant in the Thompson LES Hotel, has closed.


“Blue Bloods” Tapes on Grand Street Wednesday

Could you see Tom Selleck at the Doughnut Plant, or perhaps noshing on a bialy this week? Who knows!  The CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods” will be filming on Grand Street Wednesday. The show uses Lower East Side and Chinatown venues quite frequently.  There are signs up along Grand, near Norfolk Street, today advising residents about the shoot, scheduled Wednesday from 6 a.m-11 p.m.

Eliot Spitzer at Tenement Museum Tomorrow Night

If you’re planning on attending “Tenement Talks” at the Tenement Museum tomorrow night, you will want to get there early. There will likely be a big crowd on hand to listen to former Governor Eliot Spitzer. He’ll be appearing alongside Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of Pro Publica about their Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of the “Wall Street Money Machine.”  The event gets started at 6:30 p.m.

Remembering Army Private and Chinatown Resident Danny Chen

Loved ones gathered in Chinatown yesterday to remember Danny Chen, a 19-year old Army private, killed in Afghanistan.  They came to a memorial service at the Wah Wing Sang funeral home on Mulberry Street, not far from where Chen grew up. A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, after his body is returned from overseas.

Chen was based in Wainwright, Alaska.  He was killed in the Kandahar Provence but military officials have not released any details about the circumstances leading to Chen’s death. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my profound sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Private Chen,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “We will remember the service and mourn the loss of this New York soldier.”


SPURA Public Meeting To Be Held Tomorrow

It’s the biggest moment in the Seward Park redevelopment process (SPURA) since Community Board 3 approved planning guidelines for the 7-acre parcel last January. Tomorrow afternoon, the city will convene a public meeting meant to solicit feedback on a draft “scoping document” for the sweeping environmental review set to get underway in the next few weeks.

The session takes place at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon portion of the meeting will go until 5:30. More testimony will be heard starting at 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested in offering your opinion, have a look at the draft document here.  It’s not necessary to sign up in advance. You can simply show up tomorrow. Written comments on the draft scope can also be submitted to the NYC Economic Development Corp. via email at mlee@nycedc.com or by mail to: NYEDC, Attn: Marilyn Lee, 110 William St, New York, NY 10038 until 5:00 Friday, October 21, 2011.

The Battle for the Bowery – Grit vs. Glamour

135 Bowery. Photo by Robert K. Chin.

A battle for 135 Bowery has focused new attention on the broader struggle to protect the Bowery from over-development.  Yesterday, the New York Times filed a substantial piece on the subject, noting that the state is expected, in a matter of days, to announce its support for adding the thoroughfare to the National Register of Historic Places.

Morning Reads: School Layoffs, Housing Snafu, Children’s Workshop Q & A

  • Among the school, aides fired last week: Cliftonia Johnson of the Marta Valle High School (NYT).
  • Maria Velez-Clarke talks about her successful school, the Children’s Workshop (NYT).
  • Sheldon Silver still wants a millionaire tax but he won’t hold up the budget in order to get it (Post).
  • The NYC Housing Authority wrongly kicked thousands of residents out of the federally funded Section 8 program. City Councilmember Rosie Mendez is not very happy they ducked her committee meeting called to investigate the problem (WNYC).
  • Yoga helps clients of the LES Harm Reduction Center (CNN).
  • A new, high-end tenant on Extra Place (EV Grieve).
  • Model Luis Borges, photographed on the streets of the Lower East Side (Fashionisto).

Good Morning!

Photo via shaunamaher's Instagram feed.

New Yorkers turned their attention skyward Sunday afternoon, puzzling over some strange messages overhead.  In the example above, the ominous phrase, “last chance” was spelled out. Nothing to fear. The skywriting was all part of a public art project.  You might not be looking at the sky today, but you’ll probably be marveling at our gorgeous autumn weather. Mostly sunny with a high of 83.  Not a bad Columbus Day gift. Enjoy the holiday!