Hurricane Donation Drive at Sutra Until 4 a.m.

Check Out an Election Night Party on the Lower East Side!

Fun and games with AndrewAndrew at the Parkside. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

It’s been a tough few days on the Lower East Side and now there’s no shortage of anticipation about the outcome of tonight’s Presidential Election. So why not head out to a neighborhood bar or restaurant to watch the returns, relax a little and (most important) support those local businesses fighting to shake off the Sandy Blues?  Here are the election night parties we’ve heard about so far:

  • AndrewAndrew are DJ’ing an Election Night Party at the Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston) starting at around 7 p.m., or whenever they make it through the line at their local polling place. Parkside’s co-owner Chris Lee tells us there will be a burlesque show, “God Breast America,” at 9:30, plus dancing and of course gawking at the big screen for election returns.
  • If you’d like to laugh your way through the evening, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade will be featuring Anthony Altamanuik and Ryan Karels in the roles of liberal and conservative political pundits. The fun begins at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street) at 8 p.m.
  • SuperVegan is hosting a watching party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street). You’ll be able to see the results on the bar’s big screen while munching on organic treats and, of course, consuming drink specials.
  • Video the Vote is throwing a party at Culturefix (9 Clinton Street). After a long day monitoring poll-site shenanigans, they’ll set up two big projectors to watch the election coverage.  There will be drink specials all night long.
  • Libation (137 Ludlow Street) hosts a sound-up election night party on all three levels. They even have special drinks for the occasion: the Blue Hawaiian for Obama and the South of the Border for Romney.
  • The White Box Gallery (329 Broome Street) has an opening for “AmeriKKKa the Beautiful,” a group show. There will be live performances, streaming and a VJ until midnight.
  • At Mezetto (161 East Houston), the new tapas spot, you can watch the results while enjoying drink specials at the bar.


PHOTOS: Corlears Hook Park Clean-up

Lucie at the Dog Run. Photo by Andrea DiFiore.

Thanks to Lo-Down reader Andrea DiFiore for sending us her photos from the Corlears Hook Park clean-up effort this past weekend.  It looks like it may be a while before dogs (and dog owners) are able to use the dog run again.

Corlears Dog Run Clean-up. Photo by Andrea DiFiore.

Friday: Forum For Small Businesses Impacted By Hurricane

Local elected officials, Community Board 3 and the Lower East Side BID are planning an event on Friday morning to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  There will be an opportunity to apply for FEMA relief and emergency loans.  The Small Business Administration and the NYC Department of Small Business Services are also involved. The forum will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Houston Street Center, located at 273 Bowery.  U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez is sponsoring the event along with the BID, CB3, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Dan Squadron, City Council member Margaret Chin and City Council member Rosie Mendez. More info here.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Tuesday Morning Update

FEMA officials met with Sheldon Silver and other local elected officials yesterday. Photo: New York State Assembly.

Here’s the latest information we have gathered this morning concerning the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:

  • Unfortunately there’s not much new to report today regarding Con Ed’s efforts to restore steam to hundreds of buildings below 14th Street. Thousands of Lower East Side residents are still without heat and hot water four days after electric power was restored.  Some building managers hoped to have the heat back on yesterday, but now it’s looking as though Con Ed’s target date of November 11 (Sunday) might be more realistic.  Yesterday Governor Cuomo blasted Con Ed and other utilities for neglecting areas outside of Manhattan and for failing to communicate with its customers.   In the past 24 hours, local elected officials and non-profits have been knocking on doors of impacted buildings and handing out blankets supplied by FEMA.
  • A bit of semi-good news: forecasters are now saying a nor’easter expected to hit the region tomorrow night will likely not be as powerful as they originally feared. Some coastal flooding and high winds are still predicted, though.  The temperature will hover in the 30’s and low 40’s today and tomorrow. The storm will bring rain that will turn to snow on Thursday.

Morning Reads: Con Ed Criticism, Sandy Second Guessing, Anti-Silver PAC

  • Cuomo: Con Ed and other utilities have “not performed adequately.” (Daily News).
  • Tenants at Campos Plaza are still struggling after Sandy (WNYC).
  • Some residents say leaders of the Lower East Side’s Jewish community were AWOL during the hurricane (Failed Messiah).
  • A school custodian talks about his role as manager of the Seward Park shelter that housed more than a thousand people during the hurricane (Daily Beast).
  • A PAC has been formed to coordinate efforts to block Sheldon Silver’s re-election as Assembly Speaker next year (Post).
  • An update on “Alphabet Plaza,” the long delayed residential and commercial project coming to Avenue D (EV Grieve).


Good Morning!

Donations at Lost Weekend (I)

At Lost Weekend, on Orchard Street, collecting donations for hurricane victims in the Rockaways. Photo by Roey Ahram.

Right now it’s 31 degrees and partly sunny; another bitter cold night in New York as thousands of residents on the Lower East Side suffer through another day without heat or hot water.  But today the focus is on electing a president.  Polls are open until 9 p.m. If you need to look up your polling location click here.   And if you need a little something to get you in the mood, have a look at Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s fascinating piece recalling the Lower East Side’s pre-TV era Election Day rituals.  We’re looking for a high of 46 today with mostly sunny skies.