Little Puffy Clouds on the L.E.S.

Puffy LES Clouds by Pat Arnow

Photographer Pat Arnow (@patarnow) caught some gorgeous puffy clouds on the L.E.S. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Morning Moon Over Manhattan

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We’ve already said “good morning,” but let’s do it again!  This morning’s moon over Manhattan.

The Lower East Side in the Mist

The Fog by Bahram Forgoughi.

Here’s a great “misty L.E.S.” shot from this morning by photographer Bahram Foroughi.  You can see more from him on Tumbler here.

Good Morning!

Summertime Sun Rays on the LES. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa -

It will be warming up today with partly cloudy skies and a high of 76℉.  Tomorrow we’ll be close to 80℉ – enjoy the summer sunshine!


Good Morning!

The rose on the New Museum peeks out above spring blossoms on Stanton Street. Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-cope.

It will be sunny today with a high near 55℉.  Look for some showers beginning this evening and most of the day tomorrow.  It will be fairly cloudy and drizzly all weekend as we welcome in April.  Enjoy!

TLD Presents: “Strangers,” by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Delancey Street - from "Strangers" by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

If you’re a regular reader of The Lo-Down you’re probably familiar with the work of A. Jesse Jiryu Davis. From time-to-time, we feature his striking black-and-white photos depicting people on the streets of our Lower East Side neighborhood.

A few weeks ago, the LES BID invited Davis to show some of the photos he’s made on assignment for The Lo-Down. We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Jesse’s debut show, “Strangers,” which opens Thursday night, October 20th, at the LES Visitor Center.

Jesse, who lives in the neighborhood, has been a contributor since our debut in the spring of 2009. He trained at the International Center of Photography and has covered events, created editorial portraits and photographed landscapes for New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Buddhadharma Magazine, Der Spiegel (among others).

We hope you’ll join us for the opening reception on the 20th, at the Visitor Center, 54 Orchard Street (6-9 p.m).  You can watch a slide show of Jesse’s LES photos here.


Good Morning!

Chrystie and Rivington, Oct. 2011 - photo by Roey Ahram

It will be partly cloudy today with the temperature nearing 70℉. We are very excited about our CMJ Music showcase at Fontana’s tonight.  Our eclectic group of musicians all have ties to the Lower East Side. It’s going to be a lot of fun so be sure to join us – there will be great snacks and drink specials all night long. Check out our Calendar for more activities in the neighborhood and add your own local events, as well.

Good Morning!

Delancey street - photo by Robert Hudak

Thanks to Robert Hudak for sending along this gorgeous photo of Delancey Street. Some clouds this morning should give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon, with a high around 69℉. Coming up today, our popular feature, “My LES,” returns. CB3’s SLA committee meets this evening and be sure to join us for our CMJ Music Showcase tomorrow at Fontana’s. Enjoy your Monday!

Interview: LES Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff

Rebecca Lepkoff at her apartment in Washington Heights. Photo by Tobi Elkin

Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff  recalls a time when the streets of the Lower East Side were like a theater. “There was always something happening… life took place on the street,” she says.

Lepkoff, 95, grew up in a tenement at 60 Hester St. that no longer exists, and was always fascinated with the streets of her youth. Her black and white photographs depict scenes from a neighborhood that has all but vanished—girls skipping rope in the street; people gathered in front of the Loew’s Canal theater before a show; stoop-sitting and sharing gossip;  women hanging laundry on clotheslines strung between buildings.

Lepkoff’s photographs have appeared in numerous galleries and museum shows as well as in A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum; Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck; Street Gangs by Sandra Gardiner and Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950 by Peter Dans and Suzanne Wasserman. Watch a slideshow we prepared, highlighting some of some of her work by clicking on this link (the photos are courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery).

Renowned Photographers On Documenting the LES

Facing Change on the LES - photo by Alan Chin

The Performance Project at University Settlement is hosting a benefit evening to raise money for an important project, Change on the Lower East Side, that aims to document the current experiences of low income neighborhood residents.  They are teaming up with renowned photographers from Facing Change, Documenting America (FCDA) to create the intergenerational photo project with University Settlement seniors and youth.

On Saturday evening, a collective of critically acclaimed photographers and writers including co-founder Alan Chin (who grew up on the Lower East Side), Brenda Ann Kenneally, Andrew Lichtenstein and Anthony Suau will present an historical slideshow and lecture exploring 125 years of photography on the Lower East Side.  They will share their insights about past and present day photography from the area.  There will be a Q&A followed by an informal evening of cocktails. With enough support, the project will culminate in a public show and book.

The Performance Project is offering Lo-Down readers a free raffle ticket if they buy a $30 ticket to the event. Contact Alison Fleminger at or call: 212.453.4532  if you are interested.

Good Morning!

Bath House

The abandoned bath house on the grounds of the Laguardia Houses. Photo by Joel Raskin.

High winds today, with a high of 46. The clouds give way to sunshine this afternoon.

Good Morning!

Sunset on Grand Street by Pat Arnow

There is a lot of rain in the forecast today, but at least it’s warming up.  Look for a high of 57℉ with sunshine on the way tomorrow. (Hello March!)  Coming up later – a preview of tonight’s CB3 SPURA Committee meeting, the first gathering of the redevelopment panel since the passage of historic planning”guidelines last month.”

Good Morning!

Santa Sighting on Chrystie Street - photo by Stephen Spera

Special thanks to photographer Stephen Spera who sent us this aptly-themed photo. He writes, “Well, wouldn’t you know, I’ve spotted SANTA in our hood! He was in that red car he’s got up for sale….on Chrystie Street!”

Look for a high of 38℉ today, partly sunny and breezy. Christmas Day will be a little cooler with a high of 35℉ and there is a chance of snow flurries on Sunday.  Enjoy your holiday weekend!