35 Cooper Square Rally, Bed Bug Report, Times Loves NuMu Show

  • There will be a rally later today to save 35 Cooper Square (EV Grieve).
  • Six percent of NYCHA apartments have bed bugs (Villager).
  • Ellie Krieger, Food Network host/dietitian, whips up healthy meals at P.S. 63/P.S. 163 (DNA Info).
  • Pizza joint eyes old Kebab House space at 144 Orchard (Bowery Boogie).
  • Holland Carter loves George Condo’s new exhibition at the New Museum (NYT).

Chinatown BID Campaign Marches On, Congestion Pricing Redux, Kanye Parties with NuMu

  • Chinatown BID backers appear before City Planning Commission (WSJ).
  • Brokers are high on the LES (Post).
  • Price drop: resale in Norfolk Street’s Switch Building (Curbed).
  • Congestion pricing is back — our representatives in Albany poised to play pivotal roles (Daily News).
  • Tom Robbins pontificates about SPURA, urges CB3 to bring peace to the Middle East (Village Voice).
  • New York’s Conservative Party targets Sheldon Silver in robocall (Capital Tonight).
  • Rapper Saigon teams up with the Bowery Mission to provide blankets to the homeless (Boom Box).
  • Kanye rocks the New Museum’s “Mental States” opening (Guest of a Guest).
  • The war on the San Gennaro Festival (Jeremiah).
  • Red-tailed hawks discover what humans already knew: the food on the Lower East Side is superior (DNA Info).
  • Josh Yuter: the Stanton Street Shul’s tweeting rabbi (Tablet).
  • Secret Lower East Side bar throws in the towel (Grub Street).

George Condo’s “Mental States” Come to the New Museum

Jesus, 2002. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in (91.4 x 91.4 cm). Collection Nancy and Robert Magoon.

We stopped by the New Museum’s latest show, “George Condo: Mental States,” yesterday.  The exhibit, which opens today, is the first major American survey of Condo’s work, comprised of over 80 paintings and sculptures created throughout the last thirty years.  It takes up the third and fourth floor of the museum and is definitely worth going to see.

Clearly, Condo has officially crossed over in to the “main stream.” There were a lot of questions about Kanye West (Condo was commissioned to make five paintings for the cover of Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and everyone wanted to know if P. Diddy and Beyonce would be coming to the opening night party. 

World’s Strangest Chocolates, Condo & Kanye, Verifying Crime Stats

  • A Berkeley law professor offers independent corroboration of NYPD crime stats (WSJ).
  • “From Caravaggio to Kanye,” Calvin Tomkins discusses George Condo’s work (his show opens at the New Museum today) and the controversial cover art he made for Kanye West’s most recent album (New Yorker).
  • Some great photos of Lower East Side “Crocheting Queen,” OLEK, who is currently teaching a crochet sculpture class at the Educational Alliance (NYDN).

Good Morning!

Essex Street near Canal. Photo by Bridget Bosworth.

Thanks to L.E.S. resident Bridget Bosworth for this update on the crowd-pleasing snowman in front of the fruit stand at Essex and Canal. He just keeps growing! You’ll want to have your umbrella with you today – it will be cloudy, with a wintry mix of rain and snow beginning early this afternoon.  Look for a high of 37℉ with similar temps tomorrow; we should see some sun tomorrow afternoon.

The City Planning Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed Chinatown Business Improvement District this morning and we’ll check in on the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Board meeting.