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Red Empire State Building Honoring Lives Lost to COVID

Thanks to Susan Levinson for sending this photo from last night. The Empire State Building was pulsing red to honor the 400,000 Americans who …

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Activism on the Lower East Side

A visual reminder that the LES has always been a place of activism. Ben Meyers sent us this photo, taken yesterday, across from Seward …


DOT Orders Yopparai Ronin to Shut Down Outdoor Dining Pods

Sometimes it feels as though the city is trying to do all it can to drive endangered small businesses to the brink of extinction.

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Winter Amphitheater

photo by The Lo-Down

The East River Amphitheater was cold and quiet at dusk one evening last week. If you would like to share …


Community Meeting on Homeless Safe Haven at Blue Moon Hotel Rescheduled for Next Month

Last week we mentioned that Community Board 3’s health and human services committee was set to hear a proposal for a “safe haven” facility …

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Open Restaurants/Open Streets Town Hall January 12

Do you have questions or concerns about the city’s Open Restaurants/Open Streets program, or do you just want to have a better understanding of …


Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Location, But Hopes to Relocate

Earlier today we mentioned the speculation around the fate of Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, the legendary Lower East Side spot famous for giant slabs of …

sunrise flight by Kari Jensen

Sunrise Flight Over the East River

Kicking off our new year on a peaceful note, Kari Jensen caught this sunrise flight over the East River.

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Remembering Joan Micklin Silver, Director of “Hester Street” and “Crossing Delancey”

A trailblazer for women in Hollywood, director Joan Micklin Silver, died this past week at her home in New York City at the age …

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Happy New Year, Lower East Side!

Rosemary Dery caught some fireworks in Tompkins Square Park the other night.

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Red Winter Sunset on the East River

Susan Levinson caught the red, red sunset, on the East River, a few nights ago. If you would like to share a photo with …


Chain Stores Take a Hit in NYC, Including on the Lower East Side

Each year we’re interested to read the Center for an Urban Future’s report, State of the Chains. Mostly, our readers are not fans of …

Kevin Felton out front at Nick and Son Clothing Inc. in the Lower East Side. Photo by Kari Jensen

Retailers Aim to Uplift Spirits After Downtrodden Year

Local retailers are helping boost the spirits of beleaguered New Yorkers by offering festive settings and quality customer service, as a year tarnished with pandemic-related loss draws to a close. …

Corlears Hook Park Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer in Corlears Hook Park

Some holiday cheer courtesy of Friends of Corlears Hook Park, after their tree-lighting festivities.


Hundreds lined up in Lower Manhattan Sunday, waiting to shop on Century 21's final day before closing permanently. Photo by Kari Jensen

Making the Most of the Final Farewell to Century 21

Contributor Kari Jensen joined the hundreds of New Yorkers and others who shopped the final days at Century 21 this past weekend. Here’s her report. …