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Nonprofit Group, Not on My Watch, Explains Plan For Homeless Facility at 100 Orchard St.

A Bronx-based nonprofit, Not on My Watch, is expected to open a homeless facility in the Blue Moon Hotel, 100 Orchard St., in the …

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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 …

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. …

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. …

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NYC COVID Test Rates Stay Below 3%, While Lower East Side Infections Remain Low

New York City parents got a reprieve, at least for another day or two, after the mayor announced Saturday that the coronavirus 7-day positivity …

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International Center for Photography Announces Reopening

Now that city-wide COVID-19 public gathering restrictions are slowly easing up, the International Center for Photography (ICP) plans to re-open their new space at …

Mission Chinese Food, 171 East Broadway.

Mission Chinese Calls it Quits on East Broadway

The popular restaurant Mission Chinese Food has announced they will close their East Broadway location at the end of September. In a note on their Instagram feed, they posted: “During this pandemic, restaurants have experienced challenges unlike any other industry. We have had to fight to save our businesses and jobs while making the case for our very existence… …

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Creativity in the Time of COVID-19

Roger Bultot sent along this photo from Sara D. Roosevelt Park. COVID-19 isn’t stopping these art enthusiasts.



Dah Shop, at 134 Division St. Photo by Alain Levitt

Dah Shop To The Rescue!

From the Inbox: Local resident and Lo-Down reader, Cass Lilien, wrote us an uplifting note — “Hoping to share a story about why I love my neighborhood and Dah Shop…My bike and main source of transportation was run over while parked in front of my apartment on Orchard Street… …

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Tenement Museum Announces Re-Launch of Walking Tours

As local museums begin to re-open after months of COVID-19 closures, the Tenement Museum has announced a phased re-opening plan… …

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Seward Park Library Re-Opens, Announces Community Conversation Programming

Seward Park Library is back open for “grab and go” service to return or pick up your reserved books (holds). Masks are required for entry. Meanwhile their programming is amping up online …

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Party Boat Promoters Arrested at Pier 36 After Illegal Cruise

The New York Times called it, “yet another symbol of reckless socializing during the pandemic.” Last Saturday night, August 1, a party boat known as “The Liberty Belle” departed Pier 36 on the Lower East Side in violation of city and state COVID-19 regulations. …

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Employee Shuttle Service Now Available in New York City (Sponsored)

Top 3 Perks of Employee Shuttle Service in NYC

Booking long-term employee shuttle service in New York City for your business can set …

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Katz’s Deli is Now Offering Local Direct Delivery, Waiving Fee For First 132 Customers

Katz’s Delicatessen has launched local delivery, directly from its website — the owners of the iconic Lower East Side restaurant concluding they can offer a better deal than third party delivery companies like Seamless and Grubhub. …

Doughnut Plant on Grand Street, NYC.

Doughnut Plant Closes Stores, Posts a Call to Action

In a troubling sign of the times, the popular dessert shop Doughnut Plant announced their decision to close all of their shops, “at least through August,” this past week. …