Neighborhood Coordination Officers - 7th Precinct - at a recent community event.

7th Precinct “Sector A” Holds Neighborhood Safety Meeting Thursday Night

Earlier this month, we told you about the 7th Precinct’s new community policing initiative. …

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Lower East Side Voices: La Lucha Continua

In our continuing series, Lower East Side Voices, we turn our focus to the community mural, “La Lucha Continua” in First Street Green Art Park. …

Sonny Rollins on the Williamsburg Bridge in 1966.

Legislation to Name Williamsburg Bridge For Sonny Rollins Introduced in City Council

The campaign to name the Williamsburg Bridge for Jazz great Sonny Rollins has taken an important step. City Council member Stephen Levin of Brooklyn has introduced legislation to make the change. …

Brewer and Chin staged a rally in the Two Bridges neighborhood in July.

Brewer, Chin Request Zoning Text Amendment to Battle “Two Bridges” Mega-Towers

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin have filed a request for a zoning text amendment with the Department of City Planning (DCP) that would, if enacted, make it more difficult for developers to build three mega-towers in the Two Bridges area. …

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War on Rats Expands to Schools on the Lower East Side

During the summer, the city announced a $32 million program to get rid of rats in three problem neighborhoods, including the Lower East Side/Chinatown. …

St. Mary's Church.

Human Rights Arts Festival Relocates From St. Mary’s Church After Archbishop Objects to Gay Content

Organizers of the International Human Rights Arts Festival moved their event booked at St. Mary’s Church on Grand Street after Archbishop Timothy Dolan objected to two gay/transgender-themed performances. …

Lower East Side Links

–U.S Rep. Nydia Velazquez spoke out forcefully during a House hearing yesterday, strongly criticizing Donald Trump’s Puerto Rico tweet storm. [NBC News]

–U.S. Sen. Chuck …

Photo by Jac Zagoory.

SZA Attracts a Huge Crowd For Free Show at The Box Last Night

A huge crowd gathered last night on Chrystie Street outside The Box night club. …

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Lower East Side Voices: Mobilizing to Help Puerto Rico

Beginning today, The Lo-Down is bringing back our occasional series, Lower East Side Voices, which highlights stories from the neighborhood’s diverse communities. …

Photos by Alfonso Guerriero.

Tony Danza “Cha Chas” to Little Italy’s Past at Alleva Dairy

There are no movie directors yelling “cut,” or noticeable paparazzi with high-powered lenses in the vicinity. …

Original rendering of Essex Crossing/Warhol Museum space.

International Center of Photography Signs Contract For Essex Crossing Spaces

One question still remains just a few months from opening day: Who will occupy a 15,000 square foot cultural space at 242 Broome St.? …

City officials, elected representatives and Knickerbocker Village's owner gathered to celebrate the grant on Friday.

Five Years After Sandy, Knickerbocker Village Receives $33.5 Million For Resiliency Upgrades

Almost five years after Hurricane Sandy swamped Knickerbocker Village, city officials announced on Friday the allocation of $33.5 million for storm-related upgrades at the historic Lower East Side affordable housing complex. …

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Plea From the Two Bridges Neighborhood: Stop After Hours Construction Noise

For years now, residents in the Two Bridges area have been forced to endure ear-splitting noise and many other negative effects from the construction of Extell’s 80-story condo tower at 252 South St. …

Lower East Side Links

–The owner of Yep Tour Inc. doesn’t think Senator Schumer’s bus safety rating system will work. Jeremy Walker says,“To just give someone an A, B, …

Passengers board a Yep Tour bus on Pike Street; Sept. 25, 2017.

Schumer Demands Enforcement of Law Mandating Intercity Bus Safety Ratings

After a deadly intercity bus crash in Queens last month, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the federal government to fully implement a bus safety ratings system. …