Whittaker Senior Center Begins Offering Kosher Breakfast & Lunch Next Week

Educational Alliance – Whittaker Center.

The Educational Alliance is putting the word out that starting this coming Monday they’ll be serving kosher breakfast and lunch at the Whittaker Senior Center. Meals will be served weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and noon, at 232 East Broadway.  There’s a suggested $1 donation for breakfast and a $1.50 at lunch.  The center is open to people over the age of 60. Members can take advantage of  preventative health and wellness classes, exercise programs, dance, arts and culture classes, and special events. Programming options will be expanded next fall when the Manny Cantor Community Center opens.


Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

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Here’s your weekend edition of our “keeping it local” holiday guide.  Remember: keep sending us your shopping, dining and event ideas to tips@thelodownny.com.

  • Tonight Fourth Arts Block is saying so long to its cafe by throwing a holiday party from 5-7.  Next year the space will become the “FAB Lab,” a shared creative workspace. They’ll be auctioning off cafe memorabilia and saying thanks to the staff.  The cafe is located at 75 East 4th Street.
  • The New Design High School has a pop-up shop in the Lower East Side Visitor Center (the BID), 54 Orchard Street, through 5 p.m. today. They’re offering holiday gifts made by the students.  You can pick up a cutom designed t-shirt or bag and support a great school.
  • Next Tuesday, the Museum of Chinese in America is holding an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, which benefits CAAAV, a community organization that was very busy in the past few weeks coming to the aid of residents left in the dark and cold due to the hurricane. There will be live music, spiked punch and, or course, an ugly sweater contest.  Admission is $20.  More details on MOCA’s web site.
  • You may have heard Saxelby Cheesemongers was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy. Their Essex Street Market stall is fine, but unfortunately Saxelby’s Red Hook refrigeration facility took a beating.  The regional cheese specialist will be back at the New Amsterdam Market this weekend, along with other LES vendors such as Pushcart Coffee.  The Seaport was obviously devastated by the storm, so they could really use your support. Click here for more info.


P.S. 42 Holds Holiday Fundraiser Tonight to Support Enrichment Programs

The administration at P.S. 42 let us know about their Benefit Winter Holiday Party, being held tonight in the school cafeteria.  Money raised will go towards enrichment programs in the arts and physical education.  There be be live music from David Cossin & Friends, a puppet show from the Wonderground Music & Art Program, plus food and lots of fun activities for the kids. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m., at P.S. 42, 71 Hester Street. Tickets are $5.

55-59, 61-63 Delancey Street Sold as Part of $50 Million Package Deal

61 Delancey Street

61 Delancey Street. Photo by Eden Pictures.

Crain’s reports that two Lower East Side buildings were cobbled together with several other downtown properties as part of a $50 million “package deal.”  Madison Capital sold 55-59 Delancey Street and 61-63 Delancey Street, along with buildings in Soho and the West Village for $49.9 million.  The Delancey Street properties have been a focal point of this neighborhood’s gentrification wars for several years.

Morning Reads: Con Ed’s $3 Break, “No Confidence” at NYU, Santacon Alert

  • After Hurricane Sandy, Con Ed is going to give most of us a $3 break (Post).
  • Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association schedules about 280 co-op closings this month (Villager).
  • A “no confidence” vote is held by faculty at NYU (Post).
  • Fear and loathing in the East Village as the dreaded Santacon targets a defenseless neighborhood (EV Grieve).
  • Construction containers on East 4th Street  that doubled as mural spaces will be going away (The Local).
  • Solange keeps it pretty low key at the Bowery Ballroom (NYT).


Good Morning!

Williamsburg Bridge. Photo by Noel Rockwood.

Sunny with a high of 49 today.  Partly cloudy tomorrow and 43.  Rain expected Sunday with a high of 46.

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