My LES: Victor Fung

 

Victor Fung photo by Traven RiceMy LES

For our regular feature spotlighting the people who live and work on the Lower East Side, we talked with gallery owner and muralist Victor Fung.

 

My LES: Michael Kelly (of House of Cards)

Michael Kelly of "House of Cards." Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Michael Kelly of “House of Cards.” Photo by Alex M. Smith.

My LES

 

Tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, Netflix debuts the second season of “House of Cards,” the dark and twisted political drama. We thought it would be a good time to revisit Michael Kelly, a Lower East Side resident who plays Doug Stamper, Francis Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey’s) chief of staff.  This feature was first published in September.

My LES: Carlina Rivera

This feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. This month, we are featuring Carlina Rivera, a community activist and lifelong LES resident.  This story originally appeared in the March 2013 version of our print magazine.

 

What do you do?

I manage programming at Good Old Lower East Side, serving and organizing seniors around the issues affecting their quality of life everyday. GOLES is an amazing nonprofit that does a little bit of everything in the name of social justice. I’m also a member of the community board.  

My LES: Roni-Sue Kave

This feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. This month, we are featuring Roni-Sue Kave, a very familiar face in the Essex Street Market.  This story originally appeared in the February 2013 version of our print magazine.

 

What do you do?

I own and operate Roni-Sue’s Chocolates in the historic Essex Street Market — i.e., I make candy for a living. Woo-hoo!

How long have you lived on the LES?

I opened Roni-Sue’s in October 2007, so I’ve been working down here for over five years. I just finally moved from East Harlem to the East Village in June, though, so at last I can walk to work.

My LES: Wilson Tang

This feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. This week, we are featuring Wilson Tang of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, who was appointed to Community Board 3 this spring. (Wilson was also featured in our print magazine this month). 

What do you do?

I run one of the oldest and coolest restaurants in Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street, aka “The Bloody Angle.” The street where gang violence was huge and now, not so much. It’s just a rad street with awesome dim sum and a post office.

How long have you lived on the LES?

I’ve lived on Allen Street between Canal and Hester since my childhood days [except for when] my folks moved me out of the neighborhood and into Queens. It had something to do with the gang violence back in the day, but I was back on Allen through college, when I attended Pace University for my undergrad. My ’rents still live there, but I live in FiDi now with my wife.

My LES: Chiun Ng

Chiun Ng. Photo by thelodownny.com.

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

What do you do?

I’m an architect. The firm I work at (Holzman Moss Bottino) does cultural and civic types of buildings. One of the first projects I worked on was Brooklyn Academy of Music. I loved it. I just completed a new theater in Ohio last year. Right now I’m working on a library renovation in Delaware. I am also a member of Community Board 3.

How long have you lived on the LES?

Eight-plus years. In 2003 I saw a listing in the paper and then I hiked to Avenue C to see it. I called my brother Chihou in Seattle right afterward. I told him that I fell in love with the neighborhood and I wanted to move here. He said to me, “Just do it!”  Here I am – I’ve been living in the LES ever since.

My LES: Marijke Briggs

Marijke Briggs, in East River Park, near the Williamsburg Bridge.

 

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

 

What do you do?
I am a full time art educator in a Southern Westchester K-12 public school.  I also work with local non-profits and charitable organizations through my company, Marijke Briggs Consulting. These organizations include: Little Missionary’s Day Nursery (the oldest continuously running non-sectarian nursery school in NY), The Lily Fund, Inc. (Dedicated to Bringing Hope and Happiness to Children with Brain Tumors), and CF on the LES (a Great Strides team raising money to fund medical research for Cystic Fibrosis).

My LES – Andrea DiFiore

Andrea DiFiore - photo by Tobi Elkin

 

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.


What do you do?

I’m a visual artist. I recently exhibited my artwork and sold 10 prints from my series, “Drowned Flowers” to the United Nations FCU.  My work will be on display as part of their permanent collection. I’ve also donated artworks to charity fundraisers for organizations  including God’s Love We deliver, The Kilimanjaro Initiative, TimeIn Kids and PS11.

My LES – Tommy Ho

Tommy Ho

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What do you do?

I’m an actor and an aquatic director. I am the founder of Seahorse Swim Club in Masaryk Towers.  I was working at a pool in Chinatown before that.  Once I found the pool at Masaryk (which hadn’t been open to the public in over 30 years) I had to wait and wait and kept bothering them to let me use it (and start teaching classes there).  I had to keep waiting to talk to the super, I had to get permission from the Board Director, he had to get permission from everyone else (this was about seven years ago) but finally I got permission.  And now, it’s doing great.  I teach the Chinese community, all the parents on Grand Street send there kids here, I teach the Jews from Williamsburg, everyone.  And now I’m hoping to find a second location.

My LES – Otis Kriegel

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What do you do?

I live two lives:  Educator and Artist.

Educator:  I teach 5th grade at PS 3 in the West Village.  I am also adjunct faculty at the Steinhardt School at NYU, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in education.  I also have a blog called The K5, aimed to provide parents of elementary school age children with tricks and tips. The bulk of the info is communicated via videos I created, but there are written posts as well.

My LES – Suhyun Pak

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

 

What do you do?

I help run the Hester Street Fair with my 3 other lovely partners. We started the fair in April 2010.  I think we saw a need for something fun and outdoors in the neighborhood, some place to gather with friends and family and spend a nice Saturday afternoon.  We looked for spaces for a while but couldn’t find anything that worked and kind of shelved the idea until we fell into the Hester space.   When we realized that Hester Street had a wonderful history and was once home to one of the largest outdoor pushcart markets, we knew we were in the right place.  I feel like the Hester Street Fair really is the modern day pushcart market.

How long have you lived on the LES?

6 years.

Favorite block in the hood?

Broome between Orchard and Ludlow.  It has beautiful tenements, nice small shops, and is never crowded.

My LES – Joseph Meloy

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.


What do you do?

I am an artist and an exotic dancer.  Actually I am not an exotic dancer, but I am an artist.  Really!  (Joseph currently has his first collection of work showing at Le Salon D’Art on Stanton Street – make sure to go by and check it out.)

How long have you lived on the LES?

I was born and raised in the LES (4th generation LES, no less!).  In recent years, I have split my residency between the LES and Downtown Brooklyn.

My L.E.S. – Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley in Gulick Park

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.

 

What do you do?

Currently, I’m a stay-at-home dad with my 7-month-old son; he came along at the right time, just as I was opting out of a philosophy doctoral program and academic life. So I do funny faces, funny sounds, and more generally help him explore his place in the world. To keep busy with ‘more adult’ things, I’ve been volunteering with The Friends of Gulick Park and with the core-group developing The Lower East Side Food Co-op.