Talking With the New Man in Charge at The DL

"The DL," 95 Delancey Street. Photo credit: The DL.

One of the neighborhood’s bigger soap operas in recent months has revolved around Ludlow Manor, the triple-decker nightlife venue at 95 Delancey Street.  The involvement of Luc Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, plus multiple clashes with Community Board 3 and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) generated all kinds of negative PR.  Earlier this month, the club announced it was changing course —  re-branding and bringing in new management.  Earlier this week, we stopped by “The DL” (which is what they’re calling Ludlow Manor now)  to talk with Paul Seres, who’s now charged with day-to-day operations.

The club, opened by the operators of The Delancey” (168 Delancey Street), obtained a liquor license for a ground-floor tapas restaurant last year but did not have authority to serve on the second and third levels.  The venue was forced to close temporarily amid allegations from the SLA that booze was allowed on the upper floors, and that no prepared food was available (a condition of the state license). CB3 declined to support the new liquor permits, saying the applicants had repeatedly misrepresented what was really happening at Ludlow Manor.

Follow-up: East Broadway Train Incident

F Train entrance, Rutgers Street and East Broadway.

We have received a number of emails from readers seeking more information about the incident that happened on Tuesday afternoon in the East Broadway train station.  As previously reported, a person was struck by an F train and transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

A lot of people obviously saw what happened, and many others have been left to guess about the circumstances behind the traumatic episode.  Here’s what we can add.  The victim remains hospitalized today with very serious injuries.  It is clear that the man, 21 years old, jumped in front of the train in an intentional effort to harm himself.

Sources tell The Lo-Down the man has a long history of serious mental illness and had received services from a number of social service and medical institutions on the Lower East Side.

Emergency teams appeared on the scene moments after the accident happened, around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. It took them about a half hour to get the man off the tracks and into an ambulance.


Born & Raised on the LES, Hoping to Go to Outer Space!

Savan Becker with sons Tristan and Kiran.

Savan Becker is a Maryland resident but he’s got deep Lower East Side roots, which means he’s the local favorite to win the 2012 Space Race Contest. In celebration of the Seattle Space Needle’s 50th anniversary, they’re sending one lucky contestant 60 miles into space. The other day, we heard from Savan’s parents, longtime Lower East Side residents. The contest is taking place through Saturday on Facebook. There are 20 semi-finalists. The final five will go to Seattle to compete for the grand prize (right now Savan is in fourth place). Click here to vote and check out Savan’s video after the jump.

Morning Reads: Albany Deal-Making, Pier 17 Do-Over, Bushwick Arts Space Comes to LES

  • Pretty much everything is coming to a head in Albany today, and of course, Shelly Silver is right in the middle of all of it (WSJ).
  • State Senator Daniel Squadron says the Republican Majority put 14 of his bills on ice (Daily News).
  • Plans to revamp the Pier 17 shopping/recreational area earn generally good reviews from Community Board 1 (Downtown Express).
  • Max Fish “good for now;” no immediate plans to leave Ludlow Street (EV Grieve).
  • Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff found creative inspiration (and possibly liberation) right outside her door on the Lower East Side (NYT).
  • Arts Watch: “Pocket Utopia” – born in Bushwick – moves to Henry Street on the Lower East Side (Hyperallergic).


Good Morning!


Signs of spring in Luther Gulick Park. Photo credit: Friends of Gulick Park.

It won’t be quite so warm today but still nice. Mostly sunny with a high of 54.