International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery.

International Center of Photography Opens at 250 Bowery on Thursday

A venerable New York City cultural institution is just about ready to swing open the doors of its new home on the Lower East Side. …

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Essex Street Market Dresses Up Exterior With Mural by Gera Lozano

The 76 year old Essex Street Market building received a bright and colorful face lift over the weekend. …

Owner-in-Training Mei Lum by Melissa Guerrero

A Conversation With Mei Lum, Part of a New Generation Returning to Revitalize Chinatown

25 year old Mei Lum is the new owner-in-training at one of Chinatown’s oldest shops, Wing on Wo. & Co. Founded by her great grandfather, Walter Eng, the store originated as a “Chinese-Japanese Fancy Goods store” at 13 Mott St. in 1890. It moved nearby, to its current location at 26 Mott St., in 1925. …

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Galerie Perrotin Takes 25,000 Square Feet in Beckenstein Building

Galerie Perrotin, presently based on the Upper East Side, is opening a huge new space in the Beckenstein Building on Orchard St. …

247 Cherry St. (right) alongside Extell's One Manhattan Square. Rendering by SHoP Architects.

Development Frenzy Leads to Pleas For Master Plan in Two Bridges Area

In response to a wave of new large-scale development projects, local Council member Margaret Chin and others are calling on the city to set in motion a master planning initiative for the Two Bridges community. …

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AndrewAndrew’s Lo-Down Chow Down: A Falafel-Off!

It’s always good to compare cheap eats in the neighborhood. AndrewAndrew decided to compare falafels from two local spots on Rivington Street. Here’s their …

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Memos Show Deputy Mayor Knew About Rivington House Deal

New evidence emerged over the weekend that a senior official in the de Blasio administration knew of the Rivington House deal long before the mayor’s office has previously admitted. …

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“Little Chair” Cafe Opens For Business Today at 47 Monroe St.

There’s a new option for coffee and a quick meal down in the Two Bridges area. The team behind Division Street favorites Forgtmenot and Kiki’s just opened Little Chair at 47 Monroe St. today. …

photo by Melissa Guerrero

Chico Debuts Mohammad Ali Tribute Mural

Celebrated street artist Chico memorializes the late Muhammad Ali in his most recent mural on E. Houston and Avenue B. Ali is seen clenching his gloved fists alongside a butterfly, inspired by his famous quote, with the city’s skyline in the background. …

Photo: Siouxside - Korben Dallas, courtesy LESFF.

It’s Here! Lower East Side Film Fest 2016

This year’s lineup offers screenings at the Sunshine Cinema (including a special 25th anniversary midnight screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, The Secret of the Ooze), the beloved “Gay Night Pool Pary and Dive-In Movie” at Sixty LES, and a Horror & Suspense Screenwriters Panel at the newly opened Ludlow House. …

Stanton Street Shul, 180 Stanton St.

Lower East Side Rabbis Speak Out Against Neighborhood Shuls For Hosting LGBT Event

Several Lower East Side rabbis, and a few from outside the neighborhood, are calling on two local synagogues to “publicly distance themselves” from a group pushing for acceptance of gay Jews in Orthodox congregations. …

Anne Saxelby, Feb. 2014.

Saxelby Cheesemongers Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Anne Saxelby admits she was a little bit nuts in 2006 to open a stall in the Essex Street Market focused on American farmstead …

Photo by Whitney Browne.

Photos: Lower East Side Community Hero Awards

This past Thursday night, the annual Lower East Side Community Hero Awards took place at University Settlement. They were presented as part of LES History Month. We were humbled to have been chosen this year among the honorees. …

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AndrewAndrew’s Lo-Down Chow Down: The Metrograph

We sent AndrewAndrew to The Metrograph, our new art house cinema on Ludlow Street (just above Canal), for dinner and a movie. Here is …

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RIP Essex Street Market Vendor Ron Budinas

The Essex Street Market is a close-knit community. So it hit especially hard a few weeks ago when a longtime member of the market’s family, Ron Budinas, suffered a fatal heart attack. …