Lower East Side Links

–Former City Council member Alan Gerson is thinking about running for Daniel Squadron’s state senate seat. [Tribeca Trib]

–The Post’s editorial board takes a swipe at former State Sen. Daniel Squadron, saying he bears responsibility for quitting too late to trigger a Democratic Primary.  “Instead of pushing arcane fixes to the campaign-finance laws, self-proclaimed ‘reformers’ ought to take up that challenge — or stop pretending they really want to clean up politics.” [New York Post)

–Several groups, including CAAAV and GOLES, will rally at the Department of City Planning today to “protect the Two bridges neighborhood” from mega-tower hell. Incidentally, City Council candidate Christopher Marte will hold a separate event this morning, blasting Council member Margaret Chin for her handling of the Two Bridges issue. [Facebook]

–The gallery, 47 Canal, is moving back to its original Canal Street space. [Artnet News]

–A tribute to Lam Zhou, one of the city’s best dumpling shops. The East Broadway hole-in-the-wall recently closed. [Eater]

–Danny Meyer’s casual pizza spot, Martina, opens on East 11th Street this coming weekend. [Grub Street]

–There’s a blood drive at the 7th Precinct today. [Twitter]





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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. | Weather: Thunderstorms this morning and then again in the afternoon with a high of 79. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.comor tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.





Tiffany Washington of I.M. Pastry Studio. Photo courtesy of Lower East Side Partnership.

I.M. Pastry Studio, Complete With Tequila-Infused Cupcakes, Opens in Essex Street Market

There’s a new arrival at the Essex Street Market. …

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Lower East Side Rat Reduction Plan – Public Meeting Tuesday Evening

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced a $32 million program to combat rats in several problem areas throughout the city. Good news/bad news: the …

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NYC Files Application For Corlears Hook Ferry Dock

The summer of 2017 isn’t over yet, but we’re already looking forward to the summer of 2018, when the city’s expanded ferry service will add a Lower East Side stop. …

Lower East Side Links

–State election law is under new scrutiny after it became apparent that local State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s replacement will be chosen by Democratic Party bosses, not the people-at-large. “Ethics watchdogs said Mr. Squadron should have finished his term or indicated his plans earlier to thwart the (county) committee-selection process.” In an interview, Squadron said the timing of his new job helping to elect Democrats to national office could not be helped.  “A more open process would have been vastly preferable had this opportunity to focus on changing the tide nationally allowed for it. It’s another sign that Albany needs to be reformed,” said Squadron. [Wall Street Journal/subscription required]

–Opinion: Brooklyn political club leaders highlight the fact that State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s successor could be picked by the chairs of his district’s county committees, rather than by the full membership of those committees. [Gotham Gazette]

–Here’s a ranking of City Council members based on attendance, number of bills introduced and enacted and responsiveness to constituent questions. District 1 Council member Margaret Chin is #22. District 2 Council member Rosie Mendez is #20. [City & State]

–A toll for the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges? Congestion pricing proposals are back on the table as New York’s transportation crisis intensifies. [New York Times]

–Abrons Arts Center releases its schedule for the new season. Highlights include a parody of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Elevator Repair Service. Abrons’ new creative director, Craig Peterson, noted, “Gun control, immigration and gentrification are central themes in the performances and exhibitions that will take over our stages and galleries in the coming months.” [New York Times]

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Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 | Lori Weissman took this photo on Eldridge Street. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with a high of 84. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Lower East Side Links

–City Council member Margaret Chin defends her first two terms in office during an endorsement meeting with Sing Tao Daily, the Chinese-language newspaper. [Voices of NY]

–The view from Brooklyn: Fears that State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s replacement will be chosen by party bosses, not the people. [Brooklyn Eagle]

–The healthcare workers’ union, Local 1199 SEIU, has not yet funneled campaign cash to Mayor de Blasio’s re-election fund, in spite of strongly backing him in the past. Documents recently obtained show that 1199 played a major role in the city’s decision to lift deed restrictions at Rivington House. While the union was elated at the time, one observer says the Rivington House debacle has likely become a sore point for the union. [NY1]

–Remembering Arlene Gottfried, “whose arresting images of ordinary people in New York’s humbler neighborhoods earned her belated recognition as one of the finest street photographers of her generation.” [New York Times]

–Looking back: I. Goldberg California Brandy — the East Broadway connection. [The Forward]

–Tonight in Chinatown: The city’s “Shared Streets” program comes to Mott Street. [Facebook]

Sen. Squadron at Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

A Few Words About State Sen. Daniel Squadron

Sen. Squadron at Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

After his surprising announcement earlier this week, Daniel Squadron is spending his last day …

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Suspect Arrested After Carjacking on Henry Street

Here’s the flyer that went up in a residential building on Henry Street after a carjacking that took place in broad daylight. …

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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 | Nicole Birmann Bloom took this photo in Corlears Hook Park. | Weather: Sunny today with a high of 81, and a chance of evening showers. Cloudy with afternoon rain expected tomorrow and a high of 82. Mostly sunny and 84 on Sunday. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Development and Events Firm Looks to Take Over Allen Street Bathhouse

Correction: This story was modified on 8/15/2017 to reflect that Upsilon Ventures does not currently operate the facilities at Bryant Park.

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A district 1 candidate forum was held in Tribeca earlier this year.

Here’s the Candidate List for the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary

A district 1 candidate forum was held in Tribeca earlier this year.

The basic contours of the Lower East Side’s upcoming City Council campaigns …

Lower East Side Links

–Video: An interview with Daniel Squadron about his decision to quit the state Senate. Speculation about his potential replacement: Reporter Zack Fink floats the names of Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and City Council member Margaret Chin. [NY1]

–“The process to replace (Squadron) involves obscure mechanisms that could empower old allies of Sheldon Silver.” [Crain’s]

–Editorial: “State Sen. Daniel Squadron just made a (decision) that will arrogantly deprive some 300,000 people in his Brooklyn and Manhattan district of a chance to decide who serves them. And deprive who knows how many would-be public servants of the chance to make their case to the voters.” [Daily News]

–“Few doubt (Daniel) Squadron’s intelligence or sincerity. He seemed to always want to do the right thing…. Yet his departure from the legislature is hypocritical, because the very anti-democratic machine forces Squadron railed against will determine who replaces him in Albany.” [Gothamist]

–The Landmarks Preservation Commission approves and expansion of the Anthology Film Archives building. [DNAinfo]

–A partner in the restaurant, Root & Bone, has filed a lawsuit against the chef/owners. [Eater]

–Saying so long to Easternbloc, “New York’s iconic gay dive bar.” [Out]

–The Lower East Side’s 100 Gates Project blows onto Staten Island. [Staten Island Advance]