Knickerbocker Village Power Fully Restored, Rent Rebates Reiterated

Knickerbocker Village.

We’ve just received word from the management of Knickerbocker Village that electricity has been restored to all 12 buildings as of 4 p.m. today. Workers on-site are still in the process of transferring the electrical systems off the temporary generators and onto the grid, meaning some residents in the 1,600-unit complex may experience temporary and brief outages, but overall, the power issues are solved, according to a lengthy and detailed memo sent by the management company’s public relations firm a short while ago. Management also restated a promise made at Tuesday night’s information session that residents will not be charged rent for the two and a half weeks they endured without basic utilities.

Click through to read the letter in its entirety.

“Give More, Give LES”: Support Local Businesses

We have details today about the benefit for local businesses we mentioned last week.

Hosted by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and promoted through Lucky Ant, the local crowdfunding company, the evening includes appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and DJ music, with proceeds funding grants to Lower East Side small businesses in need of assistance in the aftermath of the historic and devastating storm. The “Give More, Give LES” event will take place Nov. 27 at The DL, 95 Delancey St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Ticket prices range from $25 to $1,000 — swag such as tote bags, free yoga classes and T-shirts come with the larger ticket prices. The organizers have set a goal of raising $10,000.

Need Help Coping in Sandy’s Aftermath? Free Clinic Tomorrow

Thousands of Lower East Siders are still coping with the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy: damage from power outages, loss of wages, children missing school and other difficulties. To help address some of these needs, the Legal Aid Society, the NYC Housing Authority and local elected officials will sponsor a resources and information clinic tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vladeck Houses Tenant Association Room, 328 Madison St.

Local Gallerist James Fuentes – True to His Roots

James Fuentes at his new gallery at 55 Delancey St.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the November issue of our print magazine.

It’s all in the neighborhood for James Fuentes, whose past, present and future are colliding on the Lower East Side. Fuentes’ eponymous gallery, at 55 Delancey St., isn’t far from where he grew up on Madison and Jackson streets. He now lives in the East River Co-op with his young family.

“It feels very much like a homecoming,” he says of moving to Grand Street in May 2010 and opening the gallery in September of the same year. Before that, Fuentes lived in Chinatown at Canal and Allen streets and ran a gallery for more than three years at 35 St. James Place.

LES Bites: Mission Chinese, Pig & Khao, Thanksgiving Pies, Perfect Picnic Sandwiches


Union Market opened at the corner of East Houston and Avenue A yesterday.

As the weekend appears on the horizon, here’s a roundup of Lower East Side food and restaurant news.

  • Mission Chinese wins a Restaurant of the Year award. (Eater) Meanwhile, what’s up with chef Danny Bowien’s hair, anyway? (Refinery 29)
  • Clinton Street newcomer Pig & Khao lands on a “Five New NYC Restaurants to Try Now” list. (Fodor’s)
  • It’s time to order your Thanksgiving pies. Panade Puffs & Pastries on Eldridge Street has traditional pumpkin, pecan and apple, as well as banana cream, coconut cream and coconut key lime. If pie isn’t your thing, proprietor Yvette Ho is also offering bread pudding. Prices start at $22 and orders must be in by Monday for Wednesday pickup. Call 646-319-5816 or email
  • Perfect Picnic, formerly of Clinton Street, opens today in its new spot, a subterranean space at 123 Ludlow St. They still have picnic supplies, but the new focus is on mini-baguette sandwiches. Smoked duck with arugula and sour cherry compote, anyone?  (Thrillist)

F Train Station Attacker Sentenced to 15 Years

Following up on yesterday’s news that Raul Barrera will do 25 years to life for the murder of Sarah Coit, we have more news from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office this morning about another high-profile crime in the neighborhood.

Godfrey Molemohi, 54, was sentenced earlier this week to 15 years in prison on two counts of first-degree assault and two other lesser charges stemming from attacks on three victims — two women and a man who tried to intervene — in the F train station at East Houston Street and Second Avenue in September 2010, DA Cyrus Vance announced.

Morning Reads: BikeShare’s Sandy Woes, Yo! Bus Tries Again, Mars Bar Replacement Rises

  • The six feet of water Hurricane Sandy dumped in the Brooklyn Navy Yard swamped the already delayed BikeShare program. (NYT)
  • Victims of Hurricane Sandy can partake in free legal services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the East Village. (EVGrieve)
  • Yo! Bus service received a preliminary green light for a stop on Pike Street at a Community Board 3 subcommittee meeting last night. (DNA Info)
  • Mars Bar’s replacement, a residential building called Jupiter 21, tops out. (Curbed)


Good Morning!

Fairfield Inn, under construction at Pike and Madison streets.

Look for a high of 50 today and a low of 41 tonight, with partly cloudy skies. In case you missed it yesterday, catch up on our story about the impending hotel boom on the Lower East Side.

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