LES Bites: The General, Pig & Khao, Boulton & Watt

The General, 199 Bowery.

Here’s a roundup of recent Lower East Side food headlines:

  • Urban Daddy has the scoop on The EMM Group’s gigantic restaurant “The General” which opens tonight at 199 Bowery.  The Asian-themed eatery joins two clubs, Bow and Finale, in the nightlife megaplex.
  • Pig & Khao gets its “Tables For Two” moment in the New Yorker.
  • Pig & Khao and San Marzano got the initial okay from Community Board 3 last night for upgrades from beer/wine to full bar.  Ivan Orkin (who wants to open an artisanal ramen spot at 25 Clinton) was persuaded to downgrade to a beer/wine only permit.  An error in its application forced Piano’s to delay its plan to take over the Living Room’s space on Ludlow Street.  And CB3’s SLA Committee voted against a renewal for The Suffolk in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. We’ll have more on all of the liquor license follies tomorrow.
  • The Times mentions Boulton & Watt, which has taken over the “Nice Guy Eddie’s” space at 5 Avenue A. Yes things are changin’ in the neighborhood.
  • Malt & Mold just added Alphabet City Dizzy Brunette growlers.



The Lo-Down’s Magazine is Back in 2013!

Today we’re excited to announce that our monthly print magazine will return this year, bigger and better!   After launching The Lo-Down Magazine in May of last year, we received a great response from both readers and advertisers. Beginning with next month’s magazine, we’ll publish 10 issues in 2013.

We didn’t know exactly what to expect when we made the decision to start the magazine last spring.  Right away it became clear the print edition would allow us to focus on the kinds of topics that tend to get lost in the shuffle online.  The magazine has also made it possible for us to greatly expand our reach throughout the Lower East Side. Most important, it’s helping us create a sustainable model for hyperlocal news in our neighborhood.  So we’re looking ahead to another great year, both online and in print.

If you’re a local business interested in advertising, we’re offering special deals on annual sponsorship packages.  Our ad deadline for the February magazine is January 18. For more details, send us an email at ads@thelodownny.com.

175 Ludlow Street Sells For $5.3 Million

175 Ludlow Street.

December was quite a month for building sales on the Lower East Side. Here’s another transaction to pass along.  A five story tenement with ground floor commercial space, 175 Ludlow Street, sold to an unnamed party in Houston, Texas for $5,325,000.

The 8,000 square foot building, just below Houston Street, is on a rapidly changing block. Among other transformations, the new Ludlow Hotel (scheduled to open in the spring) is right across the street.

Jon Stewart Takes Aim at House Republicans Over Sandy Aid

As we noted earlier this morning, the hunt is still on for more Republican support for a $51 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package in the U.S. House.  GOP representatives are taking lots of heat for refusing to sign on to the emergency aid bill. Now proponents of the legislation have a new ally: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Have a look.


Morning Reads: Hurricane Aid, Utility Oversight, Low Line Questions

$51 billion Sandy relief bill still a few votes short (Daily News).

After Sandy, New York state weighs tougher oversight of utilities (Post).

Should the “Low Line” space be used for transit rather than a park? (2nd Avenue Sagas)

Coyote Ugly turns 20 (EV Grieve).


Followup: Raphael Ward Murder Investigation; Tributes to LES Teen

Still image from security camera video; persons wanted for questioning in Friday night’s murder.

The NYPD yesterday circulated security camera video showing four “persons of interest” wanted for questioning in the murder of Raphael Ward.

As the Times reported, cops declined to characterize what role the young men might have played in the fatal Friday night shooting on Columbia Street. The Daily News, however, went a few steps further.  Its provocative headline read, “Cops: Here are the four guys who killed Raphael Ward for his Marmot jacket.”

Later in the afternoon, the Post reported that police were already interviewing three other people.  “The threesome were not believed to have participated in the cold-blooded murder, but may have information that could help investigators solve the case,” sources told the tabloid.  Also yesterday, at least some police sources were waving reporters off the (widely reported) theory that Ward was killed for his jacket.

Two Pedestrians Injured in Fung Wah Bus Accident Last Night

Bowery near the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Gigi Li.

Two pedestrians were injured last night after being struck by an intercity bus near the Manhattan Bridge.  The Fung Wah bus was pulling on to the bridge on its way through Brooklyn at around 11 p.m. when the accident happened.  The victims are hospitalized;  a 57-year old woman is listed in stable condition; a 63-year old man is serious but stable.

Police say the driver is not expected to be charged with any criminal violation.  he was given a ticket for failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk. No passengers were aboard the bus at the time but traffic was backed up in the area for at least a couple of hours.

Good Morning!

Look (Lomo)

Delancey Street. Photo by Roey Ahram.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 48.

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