Lower East Side Links

- Art critic Jerry Saltz has only high praise for LES gallery CANADA and its current exhibit, “Make Painting Great Again,”  but worries for its (and other local galleries) ability to thrive in the dog eat dog world of art fairs.  [Vulture]

– Lower East Side eatery Estela (okay, maybe more like NoLita, but it’s on E. Houston Street) has been recognized as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. They share the honor with only three other NYC restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. [AMNY]

– Patrick Cappiello, operating partner and wine director of New York-based Rebelle and Pearl & Ash restaurants (also a L.E.S. resident) offers his picks of the best “hipster” wineries currently staking their claim on New York restaurants’ wine lists. [The Drinks Biz]

– LES Shakespeare Company, a classical theater company founded last year, will present ANTIGONE later this month. A portion of LES Shakes ticket sales will go to benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. [Broadway World]

– The owners of Russ & Daughters were honored for contributions of past generations and the perpetuation of community and traditions into the future “At Cheers and Shmears to 20 Years.” Mark Russ Federman was the guest speaker. [NJJewishNews]

– Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature announced a change in New York liquor laws that will allow stores and restaurants to sell drinks at 10 a.m. instead of noon. [AMNY]