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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lower East Side BID is out with its 2013 neighborhood guide. On the cover: Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of the Meatball Shop. Click through for some photos from the BID’s launch party the other night. You can pick up a copy at the LES Visitor Center, 54 Orchard St.
Artists have a chance to put their mark on SPURA before the Lower East Side landscape changes forever. The Lower East Side BID has extended a competition to design a 400 foot expanse along Delancey Street until May 1. The BID operates two parking lots that will become part of the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project in the years ahead. In the meantime, however, the organization is creating a Lower East Side Tribute Wall, paying homage to the neighborhood’s creative and cultural institutions.
The competition is being run through ArtHere.org. The winning artist or artists will receive a stiped/budget of approximately $5000. The installation is meant to cover two separate fences, each 200 feet long. The high-traffic area was recently turned into a pedestrian plaza. The BID plans to program the space on the southern side of Delancey Street this summer with entertainment and food vendors.
Click here to read more about the art project and check out the submission guidelines.
Coworking is all the rage these these days and the Lower East Side is getting a new shared office space. The Yard, which is already ensconced in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, plans to open a new location at 85 Delancey Street (Orchard) in the next few months. Yesterday the organization put out the word that applications are now being accepted for the LES facility.
The Brooklyn headquarters offers a few options for entrepreneurial firms including a “virtual office” setup with conference room access ($95/month), shared workspace ($195/month) and private offices (starting at $1195/month). On the LES, similar options are expected; there will be 80 private office suites, a street level cafe and a rooftop atrium. The Yard promotes its spaces as ideal environments to “inspire creativity, collaborations and connections.” You can find out more on the company’s web site, and also fill out an online application.
The Lower East Side Business Improvement District held its annual meeting Monday night at Finale, the glitzy new night club/restaurant complex at 199 Bowery. The evening marked a change in leadership for the organization. Mark Miller (pictured, fourth from the right) stepped down as board president. His successor is Michael Forrest (pictured, second from the left), a local property owner.
Miller served in the top post for five years, hiring the current BID staff, presiding over the creation of the Orchard Street Visitor Center and starting several new events, such as LES Apple Day. Miller said he was feeling a bit nostalgic but was looking forward to staying involved with the BID in the years to come. As someone whose family goes back four generations in the neighborhood, he told guests that the continuing diversity and increasing vibrancy of the LES were gratifying to see. Staff and fellow board members praised Miller for his tireless work and his enthusiasm, and his dedication to guiding the BID through rocky economic times.
Back in November, the Lower East Side BID held a benefit for businesses hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. This week the BID announced the recipients of recovery grants made possible through the program. $10,000 was raised during the fundraiser, held at the DL restaurant on Ludlow Street. The recipients are: Saxelby Cheesemongers, Goodfellas, Congee Village, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, Melt Bakery, Boubouki, Heritage Meats, Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar and The Living Room. A news release from the BID stated that the “selection process was based on objective a set of evaluation criteria.” Bob Zuckerman, the organization’s executive director, said “Sandy caused many businesses to suffer in myriad ways… We know that every little bit counts which is what encouraged our creation of the Sandy relief grant fund.”
We have details today about the benefit for local businesses we mentioned last week.
Hosted by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and promoted through Lucky Ant, the local crowdfunding company, the evening includes appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and DJ music, with proceeds funding grants to Lower East Side small businesses in need of assistance in the aftermath of the historic and devastating storm. The “Give More, Give LES” event will take place Nov. 27 at The DL, 95 Delancey St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Ticket prices range from $25 to $1,000 — swag such as tote bags, free yoga classes and T-shirts come with the larger ticket prices. The organizers have set a goal of raising $10,000.