Get Weird With Arto Lindsay at the New Museum

Arto Lindsay performs at the New Museum on Friday.

“Anti-New Wave, No Wave, Punk Jazz, Noise Rock...” Ah, the good old days on the Lower East Side. The 1980’s: when experimental music was commonplace and groups like the Lounge Lizards, DNA and Ambitious Lovers (born of the neighborhood) could be seen playing on any given night in any given dive bar or club. If you are nostalgic for this period, are a music aficionado, or just want to hear some really cool sounds, Arto Lindsay, a member of all three of the aforementioned groups, will be performing selections from his entire career this Friday as part of the New Museum‘s “Get Weird” series. The performance is also in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989.”

Struggling After Sandy, Chinatown & Little Italy Businesses Hope Saturday Events Draw Big Crowds

Last year’s East Meets West Christmas Parade.

There’s always been a close relationship between adjacent neighborhoods Chinatown and Little Italy.  One of the most visible demonstrations of these ties occurs during the East Meets West Christmas Parade (Dec. 22 this year), a joint celebration that’s taken place during the past several years.  This year, however, groups in the two communities are trying to form even closer bonds — in an effort to save local businesses struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Ralph Tramontana, head of the Little Italy Merchants’ Association, told us this morning he fears up to 30% of the small shops and restaurants in the two neighborhoods could be forced to shutter by early spring. At his own business, Sambuca’s Cafe on Mulberry Street, Tramontana estimated losses from spoiled food could total $20,000.  Given the very small profit margins at most Little Italy and Chinatown restaurants, he said, “it’s very tough to pay a month’s worth of bills with a week’s worth of business.”

Red-Tailed Hawk Reminiscing!

Still image from video. Courtesy: Max Nova.

Ah, yes — post some photos of a red-tailed hawk and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a reaction.  After we published some images of a hawk hanging out near Seward Park, Max Nova recalled this drop-in guest on the roof of his apartment at East 2nd Street and Avenue B three years ago.  This video was captured during a fashion shoot Max was directing.  Have a look.

Hurricane Aid Clinics Set up on Lower East Side This Week

Photo by Virginia Jones.

Here’s some information about a couple of clinics for Hurricane Sandy victims. First, FEMA has a disaster assistance center set up at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, 415 East Houston Street, today through November 30.  Today the center is open until 5 p.m; tomorrow’s hours are noon-6:30 p.m.  Call 212-673-2290 if you have questions or click here for details about government loan programs.

Also, MFY Legal Services is offering a free legal clinic for anyone in need of Sandy-related advice.  You can get help applying for FEMA benefits, dealing with food stamp issues, filing for unemployment or coping with rent problems. The center is open tomorrow at the United Fujianese American Association building, 17 East Broadway,  from 1-5 p.m.

Thanks to Community Board 3 for passing this info along.


Reminder: LES BID’s Post-Sandy Benefit For Local Businesses is Tomorrow Night

Here’s a reminder. Tomorrow night is the Lower East Side BID’s benefit to help businesses struggling to bounce back from Hurricane Sandy.  The event, “Give More… Give Less,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DL, 95 Delancey Street.  The special guest is Jill Zarin. There will be a live DJ and a silent auction.  Tickets (available at seven different price levels) are being sold through Lucky Ant. All proceeds will go into a Sandy relief fund for businesses on the LES.  Prizes include: a one-month pass to Bikram Yoga, dinner for two at Mission Chinese, a one-year membership at the New Museum and a weekend at the Hotel on Rivington. Click here for more info.


My LES: Jessica Perez

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What do you do?
I’m a flight attendant with a regional airline based out of Laguardia Airport. I get to fly to a bunch of places that no one cares about ( j/k). I’m also a day time dreamer and a music listener.

How long have you lived on the LES?
Six years. I moved to the big city almost eight years ago. Started in Harlem, then Bushwick, a.k.a. “East Williamsburg,” and then the LES. It’s my favorite area. Everything I want is right here. Anything else is not too far away.

Favorite block in the hood?
Doyers Street. It’s a cool little block. You take a short walk through it and think, “Where am I?” Then you make a left on Pell Street, then a right and left on Bayard Street and you run into this park where there’s a flood of Asian elders playing dominos and exercising. And you think again, “Where am I?” I enjoy getting lost so it’s a good feeling. And (I like) Orchard Street below Delancy. The Tenement Museum is there and it’s got an old time vibe. That’s where my first LES apartment was. They’d have farmers’ markets outside my apartment during the summer. I loved it.

Photos: Red-Tailed Hawk on the Lower East Side

Near Seward Park. Photos by Bahram Foroughi.

Over the weekend, Bahram Foroughi spotted a red-tailed hawk hanging out near Seward Park.  These photos were taken at East Broadway and Clinton streets.

Morning Reads: Silver Testifies, Flood Protection, the Cult of Danny Bowien

  • State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver testified before the state ethics board regarding his role in the Vito Lopez harassment scandal (Daily News).
  • Mayoral candidates toss around ideas for protecting New York City from future hurricanes (City & State).
  • A couple of buildings in the East Village are part of a city-wide $73 million deal (EV Grieve).
  • Clayton Patterson: the gangs of the Lower East Side (Vice).
  • Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food is helping to define New York’s “post-locavore moment.” (NYM/Grub Street).


Good Morning!


A view of the SPURA development parcel in the foreground with the Blue Building and the Hotel on Rivington in the distance. Photo by Joel Raskin.

Partly cloudy with a high of 48 today.  Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow but we’re not expecting more than a dusting.