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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… …

Photo courtesy of the Tenement Museum 2017

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… …

Photo by The Lo-Down.

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 …

Photo via @TwoBridgesTower Twitter.

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

Photo via @katzdeli on Instagram.

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. …

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Bluestockings Bookstore Announces Search For New Home

Photo by The Lo-Down

Longtime activist bookstore, cafe and collective, Bluestockings Bookstore, has announced they are being forced to move from their location at …

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Gaia Italian Cafe Announces Last Day at 251 East Houston

Beloved Italian cafe, Gaia, has announced via Facebook that Sunday, July 26th, will be its last day at the restaurant’s current location on Houston …

Work by graffiti artist KATSU, featured in a new show at The Hole. Photo via  @theholenyc on Instagram.

Lower East Side Art Galleries Tackle Online Openings, Social Distancing and Outdoor Viewing

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, here in New York City, a few gallerists are slowly attempting to re-open, while creatively tackling safety and social distance guidelines. …

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"Running to Protest" participants head north along the East River. All photos by Kari Jensen.

Speaking Out for Racial Justice on the Lower East Side

As racial justice protests continue here in New York City, here is a look at one of the recent events that took place at the East River Park Amphitheater. …