Pop-Up Queer Bookstore Hosts Edmund White Reading

Edmund White with BGSQD owners Donnie Jochum and Greg Newton. All photos by Lee Brozgol.

“I wanted to call this book ‘Paris Gossip,’ but my editor won’t let me,” Edmund White explains, smiling at a packed house before reading an exclusive preview of his soon to be published Paris memoirs. The renowned author, world traveler and one of the first to write about gay culture candidly and for a mainstream audience, White chose the perfect Lower East Side venue to launch his latest work. BGSQD (The Bureau of General Services Queer Division) is a pop-up bookstore, gallery and event space hosted by Strange Loop Gallery at 27 Orchard Street.

Thank You to Our 2012 Sponsors

As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the businesses and non-profit organizations who sponsored The Lo-Down this year, either online or in our new print magazine.  Whether they came on board as annual sponsors or placed an ad for a single month, they helped put The Lo-Down on a path toward long-term sustainability on the Lower East Side.

Abrons Arts Center
Altagracia Unisex Salon
American Apparel
Broome Lampshades
City Council member Margaret Chin
Chinatown Restaurant Week
Chinatown YMCA
Community Education Council, District 1
Comprehensive Kids Development School
*Cowboy Pizza
Dr. Shu Ping Rong/Dental
Dr. Steven Kamel/Dental
East Broadway Pizza
East Side Home Improvement
*Educational Alliance
El Maguey Y La Tuna
Erin Rodriguez/Fenwick Keats Real Estate
Espy Display
*Fine Fare
*Fontana’s Bar
Frank’s Bike Shop
Friends of Gulick Park
Grand Street Construction
James Richards Design/Architect
Jonathan Medows CPA
Juicy Lucy Juice Bar
*Halstead Property
Henry Street Settlement
Hester Street Fair
*LES Business Improvement District
Lower East Side Montessori
Lumber Liquidators
Malt & Mold
*M&M Environmental
Morris Faitelewicz
M. Schames & Sons Paint
Museum at Eldridge Street
New Amsterdam Market
*New Museum
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
One Fine Stay
*Pushcart Coffee
*Renaissance Economic Development Corp.
Saxelby Cheesemongers
Seward Park Liquors
Stanton Street Yoga
Steven Lazarus/Mortgage Banker
Ted Glass Design
Unique Hair & Nail Salon, 202 Clinton Street
University Settlement
*Village Zendo
Zarin Fabrics

If you’re interested in learning about becoming a TLD sponsor in 2013, send us an email at ads@thelodownny.com.

*annual sponsor


Morning Reads: $18 Million For 157 Suffolk Street, Gun Legislation, Hating 7-Eleven

$18 million deal; 157 Suffolk changes hands for second time in two years (Real Deal).

Sheldon Silver says microstamping won’t be part of Albany gun legislation (Daily News).

Neighbors hate the idea of a new 7-Eleven on Avenue A (EV Grieve).

The Infamous Stringdusters play the Bowery Ballroom (NYT).


Roumanian Synagogue Buiding, 70 Hester, is Sold

70 Hester Street.

Every old building on the Lower East Side has a few stories to tell.  70 Hester Street has more than most.   It was built in 1860 as the original synagogue of the First Roumanian-American Congregation.  For the past 45 years, it’s been the home (although in recent years not the primary residence) and studio of artists Thomas Nozkowski and Joyce Robins.  Now, the New York Times reports, the building has been sold and its occupants have been given eviction orders.

Good Morning!

Delancey street #lowereastside #les #nyc #newyorkcity

Allen and Delancey streets. Photo by Bahram Foroughi.

Mostly cloudy today with a high of 36.  We might see some flurries around the time the ball drops at midnight.  Happy New Year!

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