Audience of One by Andrea DiFiore @andreadifiore62

Snow Days on the LES

The snow continues to fall in NYC after our biggest storm since the record setting blizzard of 2016. This weekend’s snow is wetter and should only be 4-8 inches, but it’s enough to keep the Lower East Side blanketed (and slushy). Here’s a round up of some great shots from our readers and Instagram followers. …

Partybus Bakeshop Baking Classes are now virtual.

Valentine’s Day Specials, Virtual Baking Classes & More, at Partybus Bakeshop (Sponsored)

Temperatures outside may be frigid, but things are heating up at Partybus Bakeshop this winter! In addition to our regular offerings of breads, pies, pastries, and cookies, we have some specials in the works – including a Valentine’s Day “Red Wine Red Velvet Cake for Two.” …

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Julia Testa Florist is a Local Favorite (Sponsored)

Julia Testa has specialized in events and flower delivery since day one. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn and parts of Queens.

They create some of …

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Send Flowers To Show You Care (Sponsored)

We could all use some cheering up and Julia Testa is NYC’s best local, privately-owned and operated florist.

They offer contactless local delivery throughout …

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Hester Street Fair Moves Gift Shop to 22 Ludlow Gallery Through January 10th

Hester Street Fair is moving their online Gift Guide to the brick and mortar gallery at 22 Ludlow for an extra week of New …

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. …

photo via @sweetpicklebooks Instagram

Sweet Pickle Books, a Used Books and Pickle Store, Comes to Orchard Street

Sweet Pickle Books, a used bookstore and pickle shop, opened at 47 Orchard Street this week. Offering used books and homemade pickles, the shop also “buys books, libraries, records and weird things …

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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New Specials and Classes from Partybus Bakeshop, Your Lower East Side Bakery! (Sponsored)

Howdy from Partybus Bakeshop, your Lower East Side Bakery!

As fall approaches, we want to take a moment and say thank you to everyone …

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Hester Street Fair Announces Opening Day

The Hester Street Fair will be up and running “IRL” this Saturday, August 15th, 2020. As with most businesses and venues, it has been …

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

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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 …

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Breads, Cookies, Pies, Oh My! Partybus Bakeshop Now Open on Essex Street (Sponsored)

Partybus Bakeshop is a new(ish) artisan bakery and cafe located on the Lower East Side. We started as a pop-up at the Hester Street Fair, but we parked the Partybus on Essex Street in November 2019 and we’re here to stay! Come see for yourself why Food Network included us on this year’s list of… …