Businesses, Residents Help Shape an Orchard Street Master Plan

Scenes from Last Night’s Essex Street Market Tasting

Orchard Street Visioning Meeting Happens Tonight

orchard street flyer

Here’s a quick reminder about tonight’s workshop to solicit feedback from businesses and residents about a master plan for Orchard Street.  It’ll include a 16-foot 3D model to help facilitate a discussion about traffic flow, streetscape design and safety. The Lower East Side BID event begins at 6:30 p.m.  You can read the whole story here.


Lower East Side BID Launches Orchard Street Redesign Process

An Evening at the Essex Street Market February 20

City Approves Grant For LES BID’s Division Street Art Project

Former Lower East Side BID Director Has a New Job

Back in September, we noted that Bob Zuckerman had stepped down as executive director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District.  Now he has a new job.

Friday is Deadline For Division Street Public Art Submissions

Time is running out to submit proposals to re-envision the asphalt triangle at Division and Canal streets.

Bob Zuckerman Steps Down as Head of Lower East Side BID

This afternoon, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District announced a change in leadership.  Bob Zuckerman is moving on after four years as executive director.

Photos: DayLife on Orchard Street

It was a perfect fall Sunday for a street festival.  Here are a few photos from DayLife, the Lower East Side BID’s extravaganza on Orchard featuring food, entertainment and fashion.

Photos: Fall Fashion Show on the Lower East Side

As previously mentioned, the Lower East Side BID is gearing up for Sunday’s latest edition of DayLife, the organization’s Orchard Street festival.  But before this week gets away from us we wanted to share some images from this past Sunday’s BID-sponsored extravaganza, “Opening Night.”  For the second year in a row, art galleries and LES boutiques came together to kick off the fall season.

Lower East Side Galleries, Boutiques Stage “Opening Night” on Sunday

New York Fashion Week gets underway today and art galleries are preparing their first shows of the fall season.  For the second year in the row, the Lower East Side is combining fashion and art for an opening night celebration.

Lower East Side Celebrates Fall Art, Fashion September 8

It’s still summer for awhile, but fall is right around the corner.  So we wanted to mention that it will soon be time to celebrate the autumn art and fashion seasons on the Lower East Side.

LES BID Selects “Babel Blocks” For Delancey History Fence

Rendering: "Babel Blocks Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Rendering: “Babel Blocks” Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Several months ago, we told you about a design competition from the Lower East Side BID for a Delancey Street History Fence.   Through a 400 foot art installation, the organization, which operates two parking lots along the busy thoroughfare, was looking to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s diverse cultural legacy.   The BID has now made its choice.

A selection committee recently notified the LES-based design firm, Boym Partners, that its proposal for a “Babel Blocks Fence,” celebrating the varied “races, religions and cultures” that make up the Lower East Side,” had won the competition.  Babel Blocks, a series of wood figures, were created by Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym in 2007, loosely based on their Lower East Side neighbors.  They were included in “Design & the Elastic Mind,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and won the National Design Award in 2009.

Katz’s Pastrami Eating Contest Comes to DayLife June 2

DayLife on Orchard Street, earlier this summer.  Photo: LES BID.

DayLife on Orchard Street. Photo: LES BID.

DayLife, the Orchard Street festival from the LES Business Improvement District, will be back Sunday, June 2.  This season’s main event: a pastrami eating contest in celebration of Katz’s 125th anniversary!  The summer-kickoff party will also feature LES hot spots such as Mission Chinese, the Meatball Shop and the Fat Radish.  DayLife, staged on a three block stretch between Delancey and East Houston streets, will also include live music at Tammany Hall programmed by the Living Room.  The pastrami eating contest is being run by Major League Eating. The 10-minute “all-you-can-eat” spectacle includes $7500 in cash prizes.  You can enter the contest here.  DayLife, complete with pushcarts and backyard-style furnishings, is an initiative from the BID to reinvigorate the Lower East Side’s shopping district.  The full vendor list is on the BID’s web site.