Lower East Sideways

This month’s editorial cartoon from Evan Forsch, first published in the November issue of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.


Arts Watch: Reid Farrington’s Christmas Carol Returns to Abrons

Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol. Photo via Abrons Arts Center.

“Bah Humbug!” As much as I hate it when Christmas arrives in November, (can’t we just enjoy Thanksgiving?) it’s hard not to highlight downtown theater legend Everett Quinton’s turn as our favorite holiday curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, in Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol at Abrons Arts Center.

Given his background in new media (a la the world-renowned Wooster Group), Farrington’s Carol conjures up Dickens’ memorable ghosts of the past, present and future in a “Victorian-era phantasmagoria” that promises to mash together over one hundred years of film history with live theater. Thirty-five different film versions of A Christmas Carol are projected on stage using a “modern-day version of the magic lantern, colliding and combining with the live performers.” Watch out for images of your favorite Scrooge including cameos from Mr. Magoo, The Muppets and Bill Murray.

Tache Artisan Chocolate Born From Christian Vautier

Aditi Malhotra named her new venture “Tache” (French for “smudge”) in honor of the way her white chef’s coat usually looks when she’s working — covered in chocolate.

Malhotra, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and Switzerland’s Glion Institute, recently took over from her former partner, Christian Vautier, as sole proprietor of the chocolate shop at 254 Broome St. Opened in March under the famed Parisian chef’s name, the small shop still offers fabulous confections in all stripes, including  Malhotra’s signature spiced chai truffle in dark chocolate.

Morning Reads: City Council Redistricting, Selling Chinatown, Rustic LES Reviewed

  • City Council redistricting map leaves District 1, encompassing the LES and most of Lower Manhattan, intact (NYT).
  • Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer drops out of the race for mayor and decides to run for City Comptroller instead.  One elected official who won’t be backing Stringer: LES/EV Council member Rosie Mendez. She’s already endorsed fellow Council member Dan Garodnick for the job (Daily News).
  • Brokers talk up Chinatown as a new residential hot spot, even though they’re a bit fuzzy about where it ends and the LES begins (WSJ).
  • The “Mary Spink Apartments” planned on an East 11th Street parcel (EV Grieve).
  • A Times’ reviewer and her companion bravely venture to the end of the earth (Ridge Street) and discover Rustic LES (NYT).


City Releases Brochure Announcing “Unprecedented Opportunity” to Develop Seward Park Site

The city won’t release the “Request for Proposals” (RFP) for the Seward Park development site until January.  But the NYC Economic Development Corp. is already getting the word out that the “unprecedented development opportunity is Manhattan” is about to be on the table.   In an email blast this morning, the EDC officially announced the project, and detailed the basic land use program, which was approved by the City Council last month.

A community-oriented task force has convened to go over the details of the RFP, which encompasses one-thousand units of housing and a large amount of commercial space on nine parcels adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.  The meetings were delayed due to Hurricane Sandy, but city officials say the RFP will be released on schedule, shortly after the new year.

Good Morning!

Under the Williamsburg Bridge.

Partly cloudy with a high of 51 today.

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