LES Bites: SPQR Closes, Los Perros Locos Celebrates, Fatta Cuckoo’s Sunday Dinners

The dining room at SPQR, a Little Italy institution.

Today’s Lower East Side food notes:

  • Grub Street notes: longtime Little Italy restaurant SPQR, a neighborhood fixture for at least three decades, has closed.
  • Los Perros Locos, the Columbian-style hot dog joint at 201 Allen Street, is celebrating its grand opening today and tomorrow.  They’re offering special deals, entertainment and a raffle.
  • Fatta Cuckoo, at 62 Clinton Street, is debuting a new monthly Sunday supper series with guest chefs. Seth Gordon and William Huffman kick off the new night this coming weekend for the Oscars. The $45 menu includes 9 small plates and special cocktails.  Have a look at the restaurant’s Facebook page for more info.
  • Serious Eats is diggin’ the carnitas torta at Taqueria LES.


Clayton Patterson & Friends Celebrate Release of LES Jewish History Project

Clayton Patterson with co-editors and contributors at the launch of “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side.”

Last week, a group of people with a passion for the Lower East Side came to one of the neighborhood’s most magnificent spaces, the Angel Orensanz Center, for a celebration.  The occasion was the official unveiling of Clayton Patterson’s sweeping three-volume project chronicling Jewish life on the LES.

“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side,” was edited by Patterson, the neighborhood documentarian, and sociologist Mareleyn Schneider.  It consists of more than 1500 pages and 150 chapters, covering such varied topics as Jewish boxing, Allen Ginsberg, the destruction of LES synagogues and the 2nd Avenue deli. The books were published with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

Morning Reads: Spinning NYCHA’s Property Plan, Alphabet Plaza, Cycling Summit

NYCHA Chairman John Rhea, speaking about the agency’s vague property-leasing plan, says: “the reality is that the financing model for public housing in America is broken.” (NYT)

Lower East Side teen Devlynn Chen was keynote speaker at the Youth Bike Summit (Atlantic Cities).

A progress report from “Alphabet Plaza,” the new residential project on Avenue D (EV Grieve).

Local artist Nicolina Johnson has a new series of “portals.” (The Local EV).

Oh Land begins a residency at Rockwood Music Hall (Brooklyn Vegan).


Good Morning!

The Little Flower Playground on Madison Street.

Increasing clouds through the day with rain showers this afternoon and a high of 47.

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