Weekend Kids’ Pick

This Saturday take the kids to the the New Museum’s First Saturday for Families, where Nicolás Paris will lead a hands-on drawing workshop. The program is recommended for kids aged 4 to 15 and includes free New Museum admission for two adults per family (children under 18 are always free). Workshops take place in the 7th Floor Sky Room, from 10 a.m. to noon. Get there early, as the tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more family friendly events, visit our kids page.

LES Bites: Family Recipe, Sauce, Gaia, Meatball Shop, Knishery NYC

Family Recipe on Eldridge Street is getting some blog love this week.

Some mid-week restaurant news around the neighborhood:

  • Examining the vegan and vegetarian options at Eldridge Street newcomer Family Recipe. (Fork In The Road)
  • Speaking of Family Recipe, it’s one of two LES venues highlighted as affordable, enjoyable alternatives to expensive hotspots. Sauce, Frank Prizinzano’s new Italian joint at Rivington and Allen, is the other. (Eater)
  • Gaia Italian Cafe on East Houston Street celebrates its first anniversary tonight; stop by to congratulate them and sample some goodies between 5 and 8 p.m. (TLD inbox)
  • The Meatball Shop’s Michael Chernow has a second career: modeling. (GrubStreet)
  • Donate to support Holocaust survivors; get homemade knishes. (KnisheryNYC)


Gouverneur Celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration, Gouverneur Healthcare Services.

We were at Gouverneur Healthcare Services yesterday, where a performance by the little ones from the Chinatown Daycare Center was a highlight of the skilled nursing facility’s Chinese New Year Celebration.  Seven centenarians were honored during the lively program, which also featured a traditional lion dance and a Buddhist prayer ceremony. The event was held in Gouverner’s brand new ambulatory care pavilion.  Among the invited guests: City Comptroller John Liu and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin. More photos after the jump.

51 Hester St. Sold for $2.2M; Work at Former Gertel’s Stopped

The five-story walk-up building at 51 Hester St. changed hands last week.

The five-story building at 51 Hester St., near the corner of Essex Street, has been sold to a new owner.

Land records dated in late December but just filed last week show that a corporation called Wan You Inc. with an address of 99 Canal St. bought the building from the Kadouri family for $2.2 million.

The building, which houses the boutique A NY Thing on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors, had been on the market since July 2010. Records show it had been in the Kadouri family name, under various corporate names, since the 1970s.

Morning Reads: Sol LeWitt, Church Closing, Gem Spa Still Open, Celebs on the LES

  • Celebrating the work of the late LES artist Sol LeWitt. (TabletMag)
  • A  poignant interview with Pastor Rick Del Rio, whose Abounding Grace Ministries faces eviction from an LES school due to a court ruling. (World Magazine)
  • Jonah Hill hit the red carpet at the SAG Awards Sunday night in a custom tux designed by Orchard Street’s By Robert James. (NylonMag)
  • Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine confesses to leaving a cinnamon tea light burning in her room at the Bowery Hotel, starting a fire. (Q Magazine)

Good Morning!

A perfect "LES-HENGE." Looking southwest from Grand Street. Photo by James Richards - jamesricharsdesign.com

We’ll have rain showers in the morning, then clearing. Cloudy with a high of 62. Happy February!