extell construction site

Could Rezoning Block Two Bridges Mega Towers? Unlikely, Some Community Leaders Say

The Two Bridges area is already a major construction zone. As Extell Development’s 80-story luxury tower rises on Cherry Street, at least three more large-scale projects have been added to the drawing board. …

Lower East Side Links

–This weekend’s closure of Other Music is a sign of the times: “The prevailing trend of our time is, it seems, a disburdening of the past. Things that once appeared immovably vital are now relics to be examined, mourned, and recast as affectations.” [New Yorker]

–Going into exile: The hardcore/punk scene at ABC No Rio will soon fade away, at least temporarily. [Village Voice]

–Parents at the Neighborhood School are really unhappy about the 3-year-long renovation project on East 3rd Street. [EV Grieve]

–Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is the ice cream shop “that defines Chinatown.” [Vice]

–Praise for the Lucky Bee, where the menu is both “quirky and confident.” [Village Voice]

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katz's deli

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on Ludlow Street, outside Katz’s Deli. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with possible rain showers in the afternoon and a high of 76. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Natalie Bookchin

ICP Museum on the Bowery Opens With Exhibition, “Public, Private, Secret”

The show examines various concepts of privacy today, in relation to the need for public visibility and self-validation in our “post-internet,” age. …

159 Orchard St.

Going Out of Business Sale: Belraf Fabrics Closing After 33 Years on the LES

Belraf Fabrics will be closing its Orchard Street store on June 30 after 33 years on the Lower East Side, and the owners are offering bargain prices until then. …


University Settlement Appoints Eric Weingartner as New CEO

A big transition is taking place this summer in the leadership of the Lower East Side’s oldest settlement house.

After 28 years, Michael Zisser …

Photo: Steve Nash Foundation.

Tonight in Sara D. Roosevelt Park: Steve Nash’s “Showdown in Chinatown”

Tonight’s the night in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Steve Nash’s annual celebrity soccer tournament, Showdown in Chinatown, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. …

Lower East Side Links

–Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting at the Lillian Wald Houses earlier this month. [DNA Info]

–Rapper Troy Ave will be arraigned today in connection with the May 25 shooting inside a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza. [Channel 7]

The idea of rooftop bars is great but, in reality, they are the “absolute worst.” At “Mr. Purple,” in the Hotel Indigo, “the 15th-floor view is, admittedly, pretty great.”  But on one recent evening, ‘a gaggle of girls… entered screaming, “None of us are over 21!.'” In the bar, “most of the patrons seemed more interested in staring at their iPhones than taking in the sights.” [New York Post]

–Tomorrow, “conceptual artist Terence Koh is planning a response to the massacre (in Florida) and will read the names of the Orlando victims aloud during a performance at Andrew Edlin Gallery.” [Observer]

–Jim Power’s restored mosaic light poles have returned to Astor Place. [EV Grieve]

–Living In: NoLIta. The Gray Lady’s regular feature focuses on the “hip and historic” area formerly known as northern Little Italy. [New York Times]

–Gay men, including 27-year-old Daniel Aubry (who works at Tra La La in the Essex Street Market), love Hillary Clinton. [US News]

–“Always shirtless” fashion model Franco Noriega opens his Peruvian restaurant on Allen Street this weekend. [New York Post]

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lower manhattan skyline

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | Carla Mueller submitted this photo of the Lower Manhattan skyline via Instagram. | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a high of 88. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Croman tenants rally outside the Manhattan Supreme Court

Tenants Make Themselves Heard as Croman Case is Pushed Back

Two controversial landlords who own a number of Lower East Side buildings were confronted by their tenants Tuesday morning. …

Family Portrait 2004, from The Lams of Ludlow Street, by Thomas Holton

Photographer Thomas Holton Brings “Lams of Ludlow” to Chinatown Tomorrow Night

Photographer Thomas Holton began taking pictures of the Lam family in 2002 and continued to do so, on and off, for 13 years. …

Image via Creative Time

Simone Leigh’s “The Waiting Room” Opens Tomorrow at the New Museum

Featuring a new installation, a series of “care sessions” and underground public programs, The Waiting Room aims to shift the preconceived ideas of medicine. …

make music ny

Make Music New York on the Lower East Side Today!

We’re now officially into the summer season, and it definitely feels like it in NYC today. Throughout the city, the sounds of summer will …

International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery.

International Center of Photography Opens at 250 Bowery on Thursday

A venerable New York City cultural institution is just about ready to swing open the doors of its new home on the Lower East Side. …

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allen street pedestrian mall

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | Here’s the Allen Street pedestrian mall at Broome Street | Weather: Thunderstorms this morning and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon with a high near 90 | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.