Community Board Panel Wants City to Make Pedestrian Safety Improvements Around P.S. 110

Cabs Collide at Eldridge and Broome Streets (Updated 10:45 a.m.)

Eldridge and Broome streets.

Eldridge and Broome streets.

There was a bad accident earlier this evening at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome. The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom reports it involved two cabs — a sedan and an SUV. 

Tree Trouble, Essex and Broome Streets

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Man Shot and Killed Outside Forsyth Street Barber Shop

Forsyth and Broome streets. Photo by

This morning police are searching for several suspects in the fatal shooting last night outside the Jose Beauty Salon and Barber Shop at 110 Forsyth Street.   An NYPD spokesperson says officers were called to the scene, at Forsyth and Broome streets, at 9:30 p.m.  The victim had already been transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses said an argument began in the barber shop and continued on the street. The victim was 32 years old. Police are withholding his identity until family members are notified.  An employee at the Don Juan Bodega, located in the same building, said he heard the shots and then saw several young people fleeing in every direction, but he didn’t get more than a glimpse at any of them.

No description of the suspects from police yet; we’ll update when there are more details.

 UPDATE 10/7/2012 10:17 p.m. Police have identified the victim as 29-year old Charles Fernandez of Mott Street.


Good Morning!

Night on Broome Street. Photo by Roey Ahram:

Bring your umbrella with you today. There will be a bit of sun this morning, but it will turn cloudy with rain and drizzle this afternoon. Look for a high of 48℉. Have a good day!

Fashion Show Turns Broome Street into a Runway

A model shows off a multi-colored metallic dress from boutique A. Turen on Stanton Street.

On Saturday afternoon, there were more than the usual number of beautiful people on Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow. The Lower East Side Business Improvement District staged an outdoor fashion show featuring clothing from local designers and boutiques. Models moved among four small stages in the middle of the closed-off block, accompanied by techno music and followed by many amateur and professional shutterbugs. Click through to see more photos.

Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in Chinatown

To kick off the Year of the Rabbit, there was a colorful (and loud!) celebration in Sara D. Roosevelt Park today. The Chinese Lunar New Year Firecracker Festival attracted a big crowd and a lot of local dignitaries. The Better Chinatown Society sponsored today’s event and is coordinating Sunday’s New Year parade through the streets of Chinatown. City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron attended today’s celebration. Judy Rapfogel, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, presented organizers with a state proclamation.See more video and several photos after the jump.

Rosie Mendez Releases Statement on SPURA

Councilwoman Rosie Mendez has released this statement regarding last night’s vote to approve the Seward Park redevelopment guidelines:

“Although the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area is not in my Council District, I want to add my voice to the many others in praise of a process that has resulted in guidelines for the land’s redevelopment.  Anyone who has been involved in the Lower East Side community during almost half a century was aware of the controversy that left a huge parcel of highly valuable land standing idle for far too long.  Over the years, very disparate opinions have sometimes been expressed with anger and a lack of respect, and it was not easy for all of that to be overcome.  But the process which Community Board #3 began and which was open to broad participation by all aspects of the community, and was aided by City agencies and facilitated by a skilled urban planner, has resulted in a compromise.  I join with many others who wish we could get even more affordable housing from the site, but salute all who were able to agree to find a middle ground to move a process forward.

Real Estate Expert Jonathan Miller on SPURA

SPURA surface parking lots line Suffolk Street from Broome to Delancey.

Over the last several months, as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area planning process chugged forward, we’ve sat through countless community board meetings, interviewed dozens of local residents and decision-makers and published op-eds from various players invested in the proposed residential and retail project. As the guidelines face a vote this evening, we’d like to offer some observations from an expert, NYC real estate analyst Jonathan Miller.

Miller, the president and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm, is widely respected across the industry for his comprehensive data collection and reporting and his market insights.

Orchard Street Sidewalk Reopens; Mark Miller Says More Improvements On the Way

Orchard Street in front of the Mark Miller Gallery

You might have noticed the scaffolding that has been in front of Orchard Street’s Mark Miller Gallery for many months has finally come down.  We checked in with Miller this morning for an update on the gallery’s ongoing transformation. It’s no ordinary sidewalk that’s been installed alongside 92 Orchard, the 1901 tenement building that’s been in the Miller family for many years.