LES Shops, Restaurants Offer Holiday Deals Tonight

A more detailed version of an event we mentioned yesterday… the Lower East Side BID’s holiday shopping extravaganza.  Shops and galleries will be staying open late, and along with LES restaurants, they’re offering special deals, in-store entertainment and other perks.  “Shop More, Shop LES” takes place from 6-9 p.m. Click through to see the complete lineup.

Reminder: LES BID’s Post-Sandy Benefit For Local Businesses is Tomorrow Night

Here’s a reminder. Tomorrow night is the Lower East Side BID’s benefit to help businesses struggling to bounce back from Hurricane Sandy.  The event, “Give More… Give Less,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DL, 95 Delancey Street.  The special guest is Jill Zarin. There will be a live DJ and a silent auction.  Tickets (available at seven different price levels) are being sold through Lucky Ant. All proceeds will go into a Sandy relief fund for businesses on the LES.  Prizes include: a one-month pass to Bikram Yoga, dinner for two at Mission Chinese, a one-year membership at the New Museum and a weekend at the Hotel on Rivington. Click here for more info.


Coming Up Sunday: Lower East Side Pickle Day

Lower East Side Pickle Day is coming up this Sunday on Orchard Street.  This year, the Lower East Side BID is folding the event into its DayLife street festival franchise, which was started this past summer to reinvigorate foot traffic in the neighborhood’s legendary but struggling shopping district.

Guss’ Pickles, which fled to Brooklyn three years ago, will be back for the big event, along with the Pickle Guys,  Rick’s Picks and many others.  There will also be a Halloween costume contest, a home pickling contest, ping pong and street hoops sponsored by Basketball City and, apparently, some rapping grandmas and DJ’s in front of Tammany Hall.   Pickle Day takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on Orchard, between East Houston and Delancey. Click through for the complete lineup. 

Lower East Side BID Outlines Plans for Expansion

The Lower East Side BID officially moved forward with plans to expand its boundaries yesterday, holding two public meetings to explain the proposal to neighborhood property owners, business owners and residents.  The meetings, a mandatory step in the government-approval process, were held at the DL, a restaurant and bar on Ludlow Street.

In the months ahead, many more public hearings will be scheduled before Community Board 3, the City Planning Commission and the City Council.  Officials with the city’s Department of Small Business Services, who attended yesterday’s sessions, estimated that the process would take 9-12 months.

Since its inception in 1992, the business improvement district has covered a fairly small area on and around Orchard Street. As you can see from the map (posted above), the BID is proposing new boundaries roughly defined by the east side of the Bowery, East Houston Street, Clinton Street and Division Street. 

LES BID Publishes 2012 Neighborhood Guide

Now available: the Lower East Side BID’s 2012 Neighborhood Guide.  It’s full of information about LES shopping, food, nightlife and other attractions.

This year, actors Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk (a lower East Side native) are featured on the cover. The “How to Make It In America” stars are moving on after the canellation of the show a few months ago.  Rasuk will star in the Fox pilot “El Jefe.”  Greenberg will be the male lead in an untitled CBS comedy pilot.

The cover image was shot on the penthouse terrace of the Thompson LES Hotel.  Rasuk and Greenberg are wearing clothes from By Robert James, The Cast, Skunkfunk, Epaulet and Self Edge.  You can pick up a copy of the guide at the LES Visitor’s Center,  54 Orchard Street.  It’ll also be available in lots of shops and restaurants around the neighborhood.


Lower East Side BID Holds Annual Meeting

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with LES BID Executive Director Bob Zuckerman.

It seemed like most of the neighborhood was gathered inside Lina Frey, the bistro on East Houston Street, last night for the LES Business Improvement District’s annual meeting.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the special guest speaker. She told BID members what they wanted to hear: that she was committed to advocating for property tax reform and that small businesses need more help dealing with New York’s maddening city bureaucracy. There was plenty of applause as Quinn criticized the city’s byzantine restaurant inspection system. “We want to find a way to move away from enforcement that isn’t about quality and public health and public safety but is really about generating money,” she said.

Scenes From LES Apple Day 2011

It was a gorgeous fall day on Orchard Street yesterday–perfect weather for celebrating Apple Day on the Lower East Side . We’ve got coverage of the Apple Pie Eating Contest and some great photos after the jump:

Armory Arts Week Ends With a Spotlight on the LES

This year, the colossal fine art fair that is The Armory Show has launched an accompanying  series of public programming within different artistic communities around town.  Titled,”Armory Arts Week,” the focus is on a different neighborhood each day between March 3 and March 6; on  Sunday, the focus in on the Lower East Side.  There will be numerous gallery tours and studio visits to attend along with some special workshops and even an artistic dinner series, curated by an artist and happening at local restaurants. 

Scenes From the L.E.S. BID’s Grand Opening

L.E.S. BID Executive Director, Bob Zuckerman, Board President Mark Miller and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (and councilmember Margaret Chin in background)

The LES Business Improvement District officially unveiled their new headquarters (and Visitor Center) at 54 Orchard Street on Tuesday night. They celebrated the long-awaited new space with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from numerous elected officials who were on hand.

Pride Goes East to Host Week Long Shop-a-Thon

Pride Goes East, a collaboration between Fourth Arts Block and the Lower East Side BID, is wrapping up it’s month-long performance celebration with a Lower East Side “shop-a-thon” with special events during Pride Week beginning this Saturday. Participating business will offer special deals throughout the week and a portion of all purchases will be donated to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk School.