This feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. This month, we are featuring Joe DiNoto of Orchard Street Runners. This story originally appeared in the April 2013 version of our print magazine.
How long have you lived on the Lower East Side?
I’ve been in the area since 2006. I was on Sixth Street and First Avenue from 2006 to 2009, in Alphabet City from August 2009 through December 2009 and then on Orchard and Grand in the Pink Building.
Why did you move here?
By chance, in a way. After a breakup forced me to bounce around Alphabet City, moving into a different apartment month to month, I finally landed in the LES. A friend told me of an opening in a sick loft space in the Pink Building on Orchard and Grand. I took it and haven’t left the neighborhood since.
Photo via Orchard Street Runners' Facebook page.
No, your eyes were not deceiving you. There really was a competitive race being run through the streets of the Lower East Side (and a few Brooklyn neighborhoods) this past Thursday. The Orchard Street Runners pulled off the first unsanctioned Midnight Half Marathon, and more than 70 runners took part. OSR founder and co-organizer Joe DiNoto told us the race was “flawless.” DiNoto organized the race with David Trimble, who created the Red Hook Crit, which is an unsanctioned bike race and run in Brooklyn. DiNoto ran the first 4.5 miles to Red Hook and said, “it functioned perfectly, people taking different routes, converging at times…and some getting lost.” The after-party took place at Chrystie 141. Check out the story and a slide show on New York Magazine’s web site.