Due to Hurricane Sandy, our November print magazine was delayed, but you’ll find it in local cafes and other neighborhood businesses now. Or you can have a look at the PDF here.
Editor’s note: the following story was originally published in the September edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine:
For close to 20 years, the Essex Street Market building at the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets has been little more than a relic of the Lower East Side’s pushcart past. If the city has its way, the mostly vacant 1940 structure will face a bulldozer in the next few years, as the Seward Park area redevelopment project moves forward. This month, however, the building will come alive again, as the founders of the “Low Line,” the much-buzzed-about proposal to create a park below Delancey Street, stage a large exhibition in the rarely used space.
The big event, “Imagining the Low Line,” is a huge step for creators James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, who officially unveiled their bold idea one year ago. In the past several months, Ramsey and Barasch have gained the support of local elected officials, community organizations and potential financial backers. The exhibition and a series of events surrounding it are intended to answer several critical questions, including how much the project is likely to cost and whether it’s technologically feasible.
The July issue of our print magazine is now available. You can pick it up at the following locations, or read the online version here.
Today we’re excited to officially announce that The Lo-Down is starting a monthly print magazine. Like the web site, it will be full of Lower East Side news, arts coverage, food features, information about new businesses and event listings. Our first edition comes out May 1st. It will be mailed to 10,000 apartments below Houston Street and distributed to cafes, shops and community centers throughout the neighborhood.
So why are we going this seemingly “retro” route? It’s really pretty simple. Many of our readers, as well as advertisers, have asked for it. Our online audience is growing every month (it doubled in the past year), and more sponsors are coming on board all the time. But from the time we launched The Lo-Down more than two years ago, serving the entire community has been a major objective. We feel the magazine will enable us to reach a lot of new readers who aren’t in the habit of going online for news. At the same time, we think die-hard readers of the web site will enjoy the print magazine, too.