Location Change For Monday’s Seward Park RFP Info Session

There’s been a change of location for Monday afternoon’s information session regarding the “Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Seward Park Mixed Use Development Project.  Last month, the city released the RFP for the 1.65 million square foot residential and commercial project.  Developers have until May to submit their applications. The info session is designed to address any questions and clarifications applicants might have/need but anyone is welcome to attend.

We’re told the location was changed because of overwhelming interest in Seward Park, the largest city-owned development site south of 96th Street.  The meeting will now take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, at 2 p.m.  Anyone attending should enter through the museum’s ground floor entrance; there’s a security checkpoint.

Click here to read our previous coverage of the Seward Park project.

LES Bites: Wise Men First Look, An Choi New Year Feast, Malt & Mold Mardi Gras Tasting

Vietnamese New Year at An Choi.

Grub Street has a first look at Wise Men, a restaurant/bar opening on the Bowery next week, which is “a nod to old-school New York meat and cocktails.”

In Box: This Sunday An Choi on Orchard Street is celebrating, Tet, Vietnamese New Year with a special $40 prix fixe menu.

In Box: Sons of Essex has a special Chinese New Year menu Monday-Wednesday of next week.

For Mardi Gras next Tuesday, Abita Beer is hosting a special (free) midday tasting at Malt & Mold, 221 East Broadway, 2-4 p.m. Check here for details.

Serious Eats tells you everything you need to know about the new cocktails at Mission Chinese Food.

David Sax and Josh Ozersky debate the merits of “old school” vs. “new school” delis.



Winter Storm Hits New York: Not Many LES Cancellations Yet

Widespread hysteria is gripping New York City, or at least local news media outlets, as a blizzard of allegedly “historic proportions” descends the Northeast.  Depending on which forecast you believe, we could get anywhere between 6 inches (not such a big deal) to 15 inches. The brunt of the storm is expected after about 7 o’clock tonight.

Amtrak is suspending service out of Penn Station to Boston and other northern locales effective midday.  At the moment, the MTA has no plans to cut service.  Hundreds of flights out of New York’s airports have already been canceled this morning.  Not much in the way of LES cancellations yet, but here’s what we know:

  • All NYCHA senior centers will close at 3 p.m. Community centers close at 7 p.m.
  • The Stanton Street CSA has rescheduled its distribution from Saturday to Sunday.
  • All public school after school programs are canceled.


  • Munch Gallery has postponed the opening of Bubi Canal’s solo show scheduled for this evening. It will now take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 7 – 9 pm.


  • All Dixon Place events scheduled for tonight, Februry 8th, have been cancelled.
  • Henry Street Settlement’s Good Companions Senior Center will be closed Sunday.
  • The Houston Street Center closes at 5 p.m. – reopens tomorrow at noon. All Saturday am classes cancelled.


  • Museum of Chinese in America closes at 4, and will be closed tomorrow.
  • The Tenement Museum will not open until noon tomorrow.





Morning Reads: CBGB Festival, “Shop Life” Observations, 1993 on the LES

The CBGB Festival will be back in October (Brooklyn Vegan).

At the Tenement Museum’s new Shop Life exhibition, “historical understanding is found in the details.” (NYT)

Ahead of next week’s big opening at the New Museum, artist Walter Robinson remembers/fails to remember 1993 on the Lower East Side (Gallerist).

Richard III is coming to Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (NYT).

A two-part excursion to the galleries below Delancey Street (Art Fag City).


Good Morning!

Bowery near Stanton Street.

As you no doubt are aware, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the city through tomorrow at 1 p.m. They’re predicting 12-18 inches of snow with winds gusting to 45 mph.  Today we’ll see a high of 37.  Be careful out there!

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