More Bike/Car Collisions, Loathing the “Lion of the LES,” Pole Dance Greetings

  • A 16% spike in bike/car accidents — a new opportunity for the Post to rail against “arrogant riders.” (Post)
  • Census Bureau figures released today will reveal how many seats New York stands to lose in the U.S. House; Rep. Carolyn Maloney is among those in jeopardy (Politico).
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez quietly consolidates power, serving as a counterweight to Vito Lopez (City Hall News).
  • In a blog post, the Observer’s David Friedlander speculates: Andrew Cuomo is still itching to overthrow Sheldon Silver, “the Lion of the Lower East Side.” (Observer)
  • Christmas tree vendor hit with $1500 fine (DNA Info).
  • The artistic newspaper box swiped from a Lower East Side street (later turning up on ebay) has been recovered (Animal).
  • The dailies just can’t get enough of the Lower East Side’s greeting card/pole dancer (Daily News).

Election Night Shocker! LES Elected Officials All Victorious

State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblymn Brian Kavanagh.

Election night wasn’t exactly a nail-biter for the Lower East Side’s elected representatives. In Downtown Manhattan, there’s not much for Democratic candidates to fear once they prevail in their party’s primary.  But for the record, here are the results:

  • Daniel Squadron defeated Joseph Nardiello 86% to 14% in the 25th Senatorial District contest. Squadron returns to Albany to serve a second term, representing Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.
  • Brian Kavanagh beat Dena Winokur 84% to 16% in the 74th Assembly District race.  Kavanagh has represented the East Side, mostly above Houston Street, since 2007.
  • Sheldon Silver ran unopposed in the 64th Assembly District, a fact that drove the city’s editorial boards absolutely insane.
  • Carolyn Maloney defeated Ryan Brumberg 74% to 21% in the 14th Congressional District, which includes part of the LES.
  • Nydia Velazquez won over Alice Gaffney 92% to 7% in the 12th Congressional District, which includes another slice of the Lower East Side.

Good Morning: Aces and Eights Shuttered, Grand Street Construction, Garden Activists Meet

Photo by Jennifer Strom

If you’ve walked past the bar Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A, in the last couple of days, you might have noticed those tell-tale yellow signs indicating the business has been closed by “order of the Health Department.” Lo-Down contributing writer Jennifer Strom has been looking into what led to the closure. The chain of events she’ll detail later this morning makes for quite an illuminating story.

Sidewalk Story: the Long Wait For Repairs to Begin on Columbia Street

What does it take to fix a sidewalk in New York City? Quite a lot, it seems. For the past several years, local residents have been complaining about large holes in the crumbling sidewalk on Columbia Street, in front of Masaryk Towers.  The privately-owned affordable housing complex received $8 million in government money (from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.) to fix the problem and make other exterior improvements to the buildings. Residents were promised the work would be done last year. But still, no repairs are underway.