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“Fort Pitt” Rescue Dog, Ashley, Becomes an Instagram Star

Photo of Ashley from her Instagram feed.

A firehouse on the Lower East Side has made a media star. Today in the New York …

Luis Arce Mota. Photo by Alex M. Smith, 2015.

La Contenta Owner Luis Arce Mota Talks About a “Day Without Immigrants”

Several Lower East Side restaurants participated in yesterday’s, “A Day Without Immigrants,” a protest of Donald Trump’s policies and vitriol. One local business that attracted a lot of national attention for its decision to close for the day was Norfolk Street’s La Contenta. …

Essex Crossing construction site as seen from Hotel on Rivington, February 2017.

Changes Announced in Essex Crossing Affordable Housing Plan

The developers of Essex Crossing last night announced changes in their plan for the large Lower East Side project, including the addition of 61 affordable apartments and more units for low-income seniors. …

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Former “Fort Pitt” Firefighter Dies From 9/11-Related Illness

Friends and family gathered on Long Island yesterday to remember a firefighter who worked at Ladder 18 on the Lower East Side for 40 years. …

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Why Keep Fighting for the Return of Rivington House? Local Activists Have An Answer

Here’s an anniversary no one on the Lower East Side is celebrating. It was one year ago today, Feb. 11, 2016, that the Slate …

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Elevated Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at NEST+m

Elevated levels of lead have been found in the drinking water of several New York City schools, including NEST+m, the Lower East Side school …

Rendering of proposed tower at 247 Cherry St., as shown at a late April community meeting. SHoP Architects.

HUD Supports Relocation Plan For Seniors in Two Bridges Building; CM Chin Voices Outrage

We have new information this afternoon about the potential relocation of senior residents to accommodate the construction of a thousand foot rental tower in the Two Bridges neighborhood. …

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Squadron Quizzes Mayor About City’s Unwillingness to Sue Former Rivington House Owner

During a budget hearing in Albany yesterday, State Sen. Daniel Squadron questioned Mayor de Blasio about the Rivington House fiasco. Specifically, the senator wanted …

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Hundreds Rally at Tompkins Square Park Against Trump

Hundreds of people showed up in Tompkins Square Park last night for a protest against Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The “Lower East Side Rally …

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Essex Street Market Debuts Historical Mural

If you visited the Essex Street Market this past weekend, you probably noticed this new historical mural celebrating the legacy of the 77-year-old public …

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Michael Che Has a Message For Belligerent Trust Fund Kids on the Lower East Side

You probably know that Saturday Night Live comic Michael Che grew up on the Lower East Side. …

Saturday's scene at JFK Airport; photo via nycmayorsoffice Instagram.

“Rally Against Hate” Will Be Held in Tompkins Square Park Monday Night

After yesterday’s dramatic events at John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports across the country, the fight against Donald Trump’s immigration policies comes to the Lower East Side Monday evening. …

Essex Crossing site 5; aerial view from the northeast, looking down on Broome and Clinton streets.

How to Prepare For Upcoming Essex Crossing Affordable Housing Lotteries

In the not-too-distant future, the city and developers of Essex Crossing are expected to open applications for the first affordable apartments in the large mixed-income project now rising in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. …

Lower East Side Links

- A Nor’easter is headed our way. Here’s what you need to know about coastal flooding. [NYC.gov]

– Developers will ask the city for permission …

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82-Year-Old Man Suffers Serious Burns in Fire at Baruch Senior Houses

An 82-year old man was badly burned in a fire at the Baruch senior apartments at 72 Columbia St. late last night. …