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Essex Crossing Park Begins to Take Shape

Thanks to Robert Cordero, Grand Street Settlement’s executive director, who sent along this overhead view of Essex Crossing Site 5. Workers this week have …

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How is Affordable Housing Threatened on the Lower East Side? New Report Offers Clues

Every year, the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) publishes a report, “How is affordable housing threatened in your neighborhood?” …

Lower East Side Links

–Target will open it’s new store on East 14th Street July 21. While it isn’t mentioned in this article, a spokesperson for Essex Crossing said …

Protest outside Signature Bank meeting, April 25, 2018. Photos courtesy of ANHD.

Local Tenants and Activists Demand Changes in Signature Bank’s Lending Practices

Activist groups in New York City have a long history of fighting back against landlords intent on pushing out rent stabilized tenants. …

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Here Are Fresh Photos and Renderings of the New Essex Street Market

The new Essex Street Market is starting to look like, well, a market. The Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has just made some construction photos available, as well as new renderings. …

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“Street Seats” Likely Coming to Orchard Street Adjacent to Cafe Katja and Dudley’s

The city’s Department of Transportation is working with two local businesses and the Lower East Side Partnership to create seasonal seating and expanded bike parking on a section of Orchard Street. …

Lower East Side Links

–Political columnist Errol Louis reviews Sheldon Silver’s “other offenses” [Daily News]

–Advocates want changes in the city’s proposed e-bike rules; “In case it isn’t obvious …

Doyers Street 2017; photo by @dimsumnyc.

Chinatown BID Seeks Art Proposals For Doyers Street Seasonal Plaza

You may remember this setup on Doyers Street last fall. The Department of Transportation and the Chinatown Business Improvement District teamed up to create temporary seating and activities on one of Chinatown’s most unusual blocks. …

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Followup: Sheldon Silver’s Second Conviction on Corruption Charges

On Friday afternoon, a Manhattan jury found Sheldon Silver guilty of federal corruption charges. …

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Tonight at St. Mary’s: Historical Talk, Tour, Refreshments

During the past three or four years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Grand Street has undergone a significant physical transformation. …

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Sheldon Silver Convicted on All Counts in Second Corruption Trial

A Manhattan Jury has spoken. Former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has been found guilty in his second trial on federal corruption charges. …

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Weekend Events: “CHARAS is Alive on Spaceship Earth”

On Wednesday evening, an exhibition opened at Loisaida Center, titled “CHARAS is Alive on Spaceship Earth.” Tonight and Saturday, related events will take place in the East Village. …

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“Ecological City” Procession Plays Out on the Lower East Side Saturday

Tomorrow there will be a six-hour procession “of visual art, giant puppets and costumes” through the Lower East Side. “Ecological City” is described as “a climate action, ecological urban pilgrimage and performance art event.” …

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Federal Jury is Deliberating Sheldon Silver’s Fate (Updated)

It’s the first full day of deliberations for the jury in the retrial of former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver. …

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Friday, May 11, 2018 | Benjamin Kanter from the Mayor’s Photo Office took this photo along the East River Esplanade. | Weather: A mix …