Woman Attacked in East River Park; Police Search For Suspect

Police are searching for a man who attacked a woman in East River Park this morning.  It happened on the running path at East 6th Street around 11:45 a.m.

The victim was jogging when the suspect came up from behind and threw her to the ground. He tried to pull off her clothes but she fought back and screamed, at which point the man fled.  The woman. 41, had some minor cuts and bruises. She was taken to Beth Israel.

When cops arrived at the scene the victim had made it to FDR Drive and Delancey. They are now looking for a teenager who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and green pants.  He has a stocky build and facial hair. The 9th Precinct is taking the lead in the investigation, with assistance from the 7th Precinct.

New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side – Part 2

Queen Esther & the Hot Five/myspace.

We just posted part 1 of our last minute guide to New Year’s Eve. Now here’s part 2.  If you are feeling particularly joyful, you can begin a day early, on Sunday the 30th, at The Salon’s annual New Year’s eve party at the DL on Delancey Street. With a spectacular lineup of more than 40 performers, including the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Queen Esther & the Hot Five, Gelber & Manning, and DJ Flouer and Ron Sunshine & Band, plus artisan cocktails and a rooftop lounge with a view of the Lower East Side, this party should get you nice and warmed up for the next night’s festivities.

On New Year’s Eve beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Public Theater has a host of events in its newly renovated space to help usher in 2013, including dinner and dancing in the new The Library restaurant, and music and comedy in Joe’s Pub, featuring singer-songwriter Willie Nile, and the twisted humor of Sandra Bernhard.

New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side – Part 1

Times Square, New Year’s Eve 2012.

The Lower East Side might not be the center of the universe on New Year’s Eve, but it’s a safe bet our nightlife-centric neighborhood will be plenty packed on Monday night.  It would be impossible to run through every bar, club and restaurant celebrating the dawn of 2013, but here are a few options that have been brought to our attention.  We’ve broken this mini-guide up into two parts. Here’s part 1:

  • At the Parkside Lounge, you’ll be treated to “Corn Mo’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Magic,” DJ Mas, an open bar and dinner.  You get top shelf liquor for $75; beer and wine for $50.
  • Sons of Essex will have three seatings, a DJ plus a live feed from Times Square.  Menu options include skirt steak, lobster pot pie and baby short ribs.  Prices start at $65 with the option of adding a premium open bar. The late seating is already sold out but earlier times are available. The restaurant will also be open New Year’s Day for brunch starting at 1 p.m.
  • Libation is hosting a triple-decker New Year’s Eve celebration with dj’s, a five-hour open bar, party favors and balloons. Tickets cost $125.
  • For $175, Beauty & Essex has a premium open bar, passed appetizers, party favors and DJ Neil Jackson and DJ Cheapshot.   There are limited tables available.  Sister restaurant Stanton Social is offering a family-style meal, a champagne toast, DJ’s and party favors for $125.
  • Jazzy rockers Great Cesar will be at Arlene’s Grocery at 10 p.m. Your $40 ticket also gets you an open bar for two hours.
  • Family Recipe, the homey Japanese spot at 231 Eldridge Street is featuring a $65 pre fixe menu starting at 9:30 p.m.  It includes vegetarian  options. There will be traditional soba noodles as midnight approaches, a sparkling sake toast and entrees such as arctic char with an umeboshi sauce, lamb meatballs and lamb chop and a cauliflower steak with olive relish.
  • Fatta Cuckoo, the sliver of a restaurant at 63 Clinton Street, is offering two seatings, at 7 and 9:30.  Owner Leah Tinari tells us there will be a special menu, priced at $65.  The evening begins with passed appetizers, you’ll get two glasses of champagne and entrees such as a mustard crusted pork chop, a rib eye steak or lobster claw and tail tempura over squid ink pastina.  Check out Fatta Cucko’s web site for more details.
  • Still need more inspiration? Quite a few restaurants still have availability on Open Table, including: Tre, the Fat Radish, Bacaro, Antibes, Alias, Schiller’s (8 p.m. only), Salt Bar and SakaMai.


Street Art Group Says Little Italy Mural Painted Over By “Grinch”

If you walked past 118 Mulberry Street (where Umberto’s Clam House is located) over the weekend, you might have noticed  this creation, “Christmasaurus,” from Philly street artist NoseGo.  It was part of a larger collaboration between the Little Italy Merchants’ Association and the Little Italy Street Art Project.  But the mural did not last long.  It’s now been crudely painted over.

75 Orchard Street & 81 Orchard Street Sold For $26 Million

75 Orchard Street. Image via Streeteasy.

Two Orchard Street buildings are part of a $158 million real estate transaction just completed.  According to the Real Deal, the Dermot Company sold ten buildings in it portfolio to the Parkoff Organization.  Among the properties changing hands: 75 Orchard Street and 81 Orchard Street, two six-story buildings, each with 30 apartments and four retail spaces.  Parkoff paid $26 million for the LES holdings.

Parkoff, based in Great Neck,  declined to comment when contacted by the Real Deal other than to say the buildings were bought for “investment purposes.”

The buildings are located on Orchard between Broome and Grand streets.  Although this particular block has seen a big influx of restaurants and boutiques in the past decade, a number of retail establishments have shuttered in recent years. Kai D called it quits at 75 Orchard in 2009.


Morning Reads: Synagogue Saga, Missing the Old LES, Tom Cruise Dating Beauty & Essex Manager

  • Before the holiday, we broke the story that Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the landmarked synagogue at 60 Norfolk Street, is seeking to demolish its building, making a deal with a developer for space in a new condo complex.   Members of the 16th Street Synagogue, facing eviction, have a cautionary tale to tell (WCBS).
  • A record low murder rate in New York City this year (Daily News).
  • Returning to the Jewish Lower East Side and finding that it has mostly vanished (The Jewish Week).
  • Tom Cruise is dating Cynthia Jorge, a manager at Beauty & Essex.  He met her there earlier this month and a few days later took her to Le Baron in Chinatown (In Touch).


Good Morning!

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A red tailed hawk makes a return visit to the Seward Park area. Photo by Bahram Foroughi.

More rain, plus windy conditions, through midday — then we’ll see clearing.  Look for a high of 40.

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