Oh Blue, You’re Getting Some Company

Renderings: ODA Architecture

Blue is getting  a little brother.  Here are the first renderings of the hyper-modern condo building soon to rise above 100 Norfolk Street, right across the street from the Lower East Side’s most controversial glass tower.

ODA Architecture is building the 12-story, 38 unit residential complex, which will loom over Delancey Street.  The low-rise building currently on the development site was formerly a refrigeration facility for the famed Jewish deli, Ratner’s, which closed in 2002. JMH Acquisition bought the property last year, Crain’s reported, for $8.8 million. 

Looking at the LES’s Presidential Connections

George and Martha Washington’s mansion at 3 Cherry Street. Source: New York Historical Society.

Editor’s note: Today we’re kicking off a new LES history series with Eric Ferrara, the founder of the Lower East Side History Project.  In honor of President’s Day, Eric looks at the enduring allure of this neighborhood to occupants of the White House from the nation’s earliest days. 

From the ambitious political architects of our fledgling nation to the most powerful heads-of-state of the 21st century, the Lower East Side has hosted some pretty interesting presidential history.

Former Continental Army Commander George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States during a ceremony at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan on April 30, 1789. After what I’m sure was a night on the town that would make Sean Combs envious, the nation’s earliest Commander-in-Chief retired to his residence at 3 Cherry Street on the Lower East Side.

The elegant, yet publicly accessible mansion was leased by Congress for $845 a year and served as Washington’s home base for the first ten months of his presidential term. With a home office on third floor, Washington soon found it difficult to work with the entire city knocking on his door, so bi-weekly “levees”—or greeting sessions – were established to satisfy public interest.

Arts Watch: New York Gypsie All-Stars Light Up the Stage at DROM

The New York Gypsy All-Stars

DROM on Avenue A and 6th street has become quite the local nightlife hot spot for Global Music. With musical tastes that run the gamut—on any given night you’ll find jazz, rock, electronic, soul & funk to hip-hop or international music—DROM programs a fresh selection of live music desperately needed in our current New York nightlife scene. DROM has also become an unofficial home for many established local bands, among them the New York Gypsy All-Stars.

Lunar New Year Parade Snakes Through Chinatown!

Photos by Tim Schreier.

It was cold and windy yesterday afternoon, but that didn’t stop New Yorkers from coming out to watch the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade.  Crowds lined the streets in Chinatown and the Lower East Side to celebrate the Year of the Snake.  Tim Schreier got some great shots of the parade and of the bundled up parade-goers.

Muriel Guepin Gallery Opens at 83 Orchard Street

83 Orchard Street.

Another day, another gallery set to open on the Lower East Side.  Muriel Guepin made the move from Brooklyn to a 750 square foot storefront at 83 Orchard formerly occupied by the boutique Kaight.  There will be a grand opening Friday, March 1, when a new exhibition featuring artists Anne Geoffroy and Isabel Brito-Farre will debut.

The Muriel Guepin was founded in Cobble Hill in 2008.  According to the gallery’s web site, Ms. Guepin has a “special interest (in) artists who embrace new technology and innovative art practices” and in making art more accessible.  In an interview last fall with Art Fag City, she acknowledged that hopes of an expanding art market on the LES lured her across the bridge, adding “there’s a bohemian kind of feeling in the LES. At the same time it’s an art destination for collectors.”  Guepin said her clients often groused about making the trek to Brooklyn.

The March 1 opening takes place from 6-8 p.m. You can read more about the artists here.

Morning Reads: College Student Death, Alec Baldwin vs. the Post, Centre-Fuge Project

A 19-year old student, with a heart condition, died in the lobby of an East 12th Street building, after a night of drinking (Post).

Oh the drama! Alec Baldwin says he was assaulted outside his East 10th Street home by a New York Post staffer (Post).

Cooper Union will soon decide whether to charge tuition to undergraduate students (NYT).

Street Art Watch: The new Centre-Fuge debuts (GammaBlog).

Edith Zimmerman found her oracle at Max Fish (NYT).


Good Morning!

At the 2013 Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Happy President’s Day.  Sunny and windy today with a high of 36.  Here’s one image from yesterday’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown – lots more photos to come later today!

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