A Knish Crisis: What’s a Guy to Do? Give ‘Em Away!

Earlier this month, we featured Knishery NYC, a new venture reinterpreting a Lower East Side classic.  Noah Wildman, a Lower East Side resident, planned to debut his bite-sized knishes at this weekend’s Hester Street Fair. When word came late this afternoon that the expected snow happening had forced the cancellation of tomorrow’s fair, Noah feared he’d be stuck with 500 knishes. But his despair did not last long!  Here’s the note he posted on his web site.

Threat of Snow Forces Cancellation of Hester Street Fair

Here’s the scary map from the Weather Channel. As you no doubt know by now, snow is in the forecast tomorrow. The winter blast has claimed its first victim: the final 2011 weekend of the Hester Street Fair. This is the message they just posted online:

We regretfully announce that the Hester Street Fair will be closed tomorrow, Oct. 29th, due to the weather.  Thank you everyone for making the second season of Hester the best.  We’ll see ya’ll next year!!!


Suspect Arrested in Murder of Lower East Side Teen

Hockeem Smith. NYPD Photo.

Police tell us this afternoon that they have made an arrest in the October 16th murder of Lower East Side teen Keith Salgado. 24-year old Hockeem Smith was taken to the 9th Precinct yesterday, where he remains today.  According to an NYPD spokesman, he was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Smith faces charges of murder, robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Salgado was shot and killed two weekends ago, following a game of late night dice at the Campos Plaza public housing development on East 12th Street.  Earlier this week, Crimestoppers released a photo of Smith — and made a plea for information about his whereabouts.

Smith will likely not be arraigned before tomorrow at the earliest.


CB3’s November Liquor License Agenda

"Foundation" is going back before Community Board 3's liquor licensing committee next month.

Community Board 3 is out with its November meeting agendas. Here’s a look at the liquor license applications to be considered at the November 14th SLA hearing.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Tomorrow

From our in-box, word from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance about tomorrow’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. His office, in partnership with several federal agencies, is setting up 15-drop-off locations across the city. There are two locations in the neighborhood: the fire house at 25 Pitt Street and St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, at 263 Mulberry Street.  Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  In a press release, Vance said, “I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in our fight against prescription drug abuse this weekend by donating their unused and expired medication to collection sites across the city.”


LES Weekend: A Wild Ride


Photos by Tim Schreier.

The New Museum is looking a bit like an amusement park these days. The just-opened Carsten Holler exhibition is definitely generating  a lot of media buzz.  This weekend, we’ll begin to see whether the show, which includes a 102 foot slide,  will be a hit with museum goers.  As usual, there’s lots going on in the neighborhood on this Halloween-themed weekend. Check out our Calendar and see more photos from Carsten Holler: Experience, courtesy of neighborhood photographer Tim Schreier.

The Neighborhood School to Host Annual East Village Halloween Parade

Trick or Treaters from The Neighborhood School - (Halloween 2010) by Mark Reinertson

Our friends at The Neighborhood School will be hosting their Annual East Village Halloween Parade on Monday and the community is invited. To participate, join them in the recess yard at 4:30pm. Marching will commence at 5:15p.

Sponsored Post: Grand Street Apartment of the Week

Two Bedroom Balcony Value!

As you enter the front door this apartment just feels like home. First, you are ushered into an ample and welcoming dining foyer which then opens to an airy living room with huge south facing picture window and double exposures. Next, step outside onto your own private balcony to more fully appreciate the peaceful park views to blue sky, mature trees and lovely green space below. 

LES Bites: Orchard House, Forcella, Knish NYC

APL is becoming Orchard House.

Here’s your Friday afternoon Lower East Sde food/restaurant roundup:

  • APL, 146 Orchard Street, is being re-branded. Grub Street has the menus for version 2.0, Orchard House, opening November 11th.
  • Eater brings news of Forcella, the Williamsburg-based pizza parlor now open on the Bowery.
  • Peels has been open for a year – let’s reminisce!



Art Opening, Neighborhood Reminiscing at the LES Jewish Conservancy Sunday

Photo by Julian Voloj.

It should be an interesting day at the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy on Sunday. The organization, which established a Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street earlier this year, is planning a LES Art & Architecture Festival.

The event includes the opening of the center’s first gallery show — the photography of writer and photographer, Julian Voloj. The exhibit, titled, “If You Live in New York,” is an exploration of “Jewish heritage in the home of the world’s largest Jewish Diaspora.” The opening takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Then at 11:30 a.m., it’s the “Gals from the ‘hood” Tchotchkes & Jewelry Benefit Sale! This event features Hesta Fortgang, (co-owner of Tag-Along Estate Sales), Marilyn Guss Altman of Guss’s Pickles, Carol Schneider Margolin, daugher of the K’nish Ma,n and Carol Hordin, of Hordin’s Deli. They will all be present to share their stories and images from the Lower East Side, circa 1950-1975.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy, but the event is free.

The Conservancy is also offering historic neighborhood tours at 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Reservations are suggested for the tours. Visit the Conservancy’s web site for more information.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Julia Haltigan

JULIA HALTIGAN – Fri, Oct. 28 | 9PM at Rockwood Music Hall

Julia Haltigan has a sharply delivered, full bodied sound not all that dissimilar to other female retro-rockers like Amy Winehouse and Duffy, although Haltigan’s comes across a bit more voodoo vixen, than hotrods & high-waters.  Nestled somewhere in the middle of Wanda Jackson and early Roy Orbison,  Haltigan’s material gets lifted up by the shoulders of a stellar backing band and her own top-notch sepia-soaked voice. FREE//196 Allen St. 

Report: Goldman-LES Credit Union Tiff Tied to Federal Bailout Fiasco

Goldman Sachs’ decision to withdraw its support from the LES People’s Federal Credit Union has garnered a lot of media attention in the past week. Today in the Guardian, there’s an interesting follow-up to the story — an investigation by journalist Greg Palast for “Democracy Now.”

Morning Reads: Silver on Millionaire Tax, Bookshop Battle, Critiquing Carsten Holler

  • Sheldon Silver says letting the millionaire tax lapse amounts to a tax cut for the rich (Capital).
  • Police arrest a man wanted in a series of downtown robberies, including an early morning hold-up at a bodega on Avenue A and 3rd Street (DNA Info).
  • More on the plight of the St. Mark’s Bookshop; the Cooper Square Committee says of the store’s landlord: “We had hoped Cooper Union would play a role in stabilizing and preserving the character of the Lower East Side, and are saddened that it seems to be choosing to help destroy it.” (EV Grieve)
  • Jeremiah Moss proposes a boycott of any business that might replace the St. Mark’s Bookshop, in the event that the beloved store were to close (Jeremiah).
  • Art critic Karen Rosenberg assesses the new Carsten Holler exhibition at the New Museum (NYT).


Good Morning!

Corlears Hook

Photo by Joel Raskin.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 52.  We could get a blast of winter over the weekend. A high of only 42 on Saturday and a chance of rain mixed with snow. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high of 48. Have a good weekend!