City Council member Margaret Chin questioned city officials during a hearing June 15.

City Officials Grilled on Two Bridges Mega-Towers During City Council Hearing

A hearing (watch the video) was held last week on City Council member Margaret Chin’s legislation that would require the city to notify communities when urban renewal areas are set to expire. …

Lower East Side Links

–Artists gather at the Bowery mural wall to protest “rape culture.” A controversial work by David Choe was recently painted over after statements by Choe resurfaced regarding sexual assault. [Hyperallergic]

–A rent increase forces San Loco to close its Second Avenue location after more than 30 years. [EV Grieve]

–Cervo’s, an Iberian-accented seafood restaurant, will open on Canal Street this week. [Gothamist]

–Ice Cream Alert: OddFellows Carnival at Chefs Club Counter opens tomorrow on Spring Street, complete with jugglers and stilt walkers. [New York Times]

–Designer Cynthia Koo has dreamed up, “Wonton in a Million,” cartoon-themed t-shirts inspired by her childhood memories at Chinatown dim sum restaurant, Oriental Garden, where her dad is the longtime manager. [World Journal via Voices of NY]

–Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown is back in Sara D. Roosevelt Park tomorrow. []

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Blood Drive to Be Held Wednesday on the Lower East Side

LoHo Realty and the New York Blood Center will be holding a blood drive tomorrow (Wednesday) in the community room of the Seward Park …

Good Morning!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Carol Anastasio took this photo after last night’s storm. | Weather: Partly cloudy today and windy with a high of 85. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, 60 Norfolk St.

Department of Buildings Declares Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Unstable

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, 60 Norfolk St.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has determined that the remains of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the historic Lower East …

December 2016 event at Basketball City.

Next Week’s NBA Show, Drake Performance Lead to Lockdown at Pier 36

December 2016 event at Basketball City.

Mark your calendar. Monday, June 26 (one week from today) will be an excellent day to stay far …

Many of the Wellness Council Members after Receiving the Award

P.S. 20 Recognized For School Wellness Initiatives

Here’s a dispatch from the parent association at P.S. 20:

Earlier this month, the school was recognized as the citywide winner of the 2016-2017 …

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Checking in on the Angel Orensanz Center

Yenta Laureate sent along some recent photos from the Angel Orsensanz Center at 172 Norfolk St. The former Anshe Chesed Synagogue, dating to 1850, …

Lower East Side Links

–After a controversy erupted around artist David Choe’s past statements regarding sexual assault, his Bowery mural has been painted over. Choe has come out with a letter of apology and Jessica Goldman Srebnick, representing the landlord, chimes in, as well. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor is coming to the Lower East Side for a town hall meeting this week. Here’s a look at how he prepares to face questions from locals at these types of events. [WNYC]

–The Post catches up to a story we reported May 30, the city’s decision to allow the luxury developers of Rivington House to do some exploratory work. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has written a letter to the Department of Buildings that says, “I am perplexed as to why my office did not receive direct notice from DOB regarding the change to the Stop Work Order on this property.” [New York Post]

–Five years after it was enacted, there are different opinions about an Upper West Side zoning ordinance meant to curtail big box stores. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the architect of the initiative, said she’s encouraged enough about the results to advocate for similar plans in the East Village. [AMNY]

–Jeremiah Moss, the anonymous local blogger, is unmasking himself so he can more effectively advocate for mom-and-pop businesses. [The New Yorker]

–Scenes from the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street. [NY1]

–Adam Platt enjoyed Hanoi House, the homey, inventive Vietnamese restaurant on St. Marks Place. [New York Magazine]

Good Morning!

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Monday, June 19, 2017 | You never know where our neighborhood hawk is going to land. Thanks to Alain Levitt for this photo, taken yesterday on East Broadway. | Weather: We’re expecting thunderstorms throughout the day today, with high winds at times, and a high of 86. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

208 E Broadway 1BR

Apartment of the Week, Sposored by LoHo Realty

Spacious 1BR Sublease w/Park & City Views – Near Subway! New to Market: 06-15-2017 No Pets, Please! You’ll love the open feel in this completely renovated space. …

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, 60 Norfolk St.

Demolition Application Filed For Fire Ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

There’s some sad but unsurprising news to report this morning about Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the Lower East Side synagogue destroyed in a May 14 fire. …

Lower East Side Links

–“A renewal project 60 years in the making.” Not much new in this primer on the Essex Crossing project. We do learn that 60,000 people have applied for 99 senior apartments on site 6 of the project. [New York Times]

–The MTA is going to add express bus service along 14th Street. It’s part of a plan to help commuters cope with the L Train shutdown, but the service will be permanent. [DNAinfo]

–The mayor is planning to hire a nightlife ambassador. [Daily News]

–Reliving “Needle Park.” A new interactive play revisits the drug-drenched Lower East Side of the 1960s. [Gothamist]

–Celebrate Juneteenth at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden tomorrow. [Facebook]

–ICYMI: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street Sunday. [The Lo-Down]

500 Grand St2BR

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property

Space and Location!

Spacious two bedroom with windowed eat-in kitchen on lovely block. Large living room can be opened lengthwise to the kitchen …

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Straus Square Renovations Detailed; Plans For Recycle-a-Bicycle Outpost Announced

Local residents will start to see changes in Straus Square during the next several weeks, as the neglected area at East Broadway, Rutgers Street and Canal Street begins to look more like a full-fledged pedestrian plaza. …