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Election Night Sunset on the Lower East Side

Susan Levinson Sunset

This was the sunset on election night, 2020, taken by Susan Levinson.

Lower East Side Links

–No surprises in New York’s down ballot races. Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney glided to victory. The same story for State Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou. [NY County Politics]

–See New Yorkers celebrating the election outcome from one end of the city to the other. [Gothamist]

–A board member of Rhizome resigns over the new media art nonprofit’s affiliation with the New Museum. [Hyperallergic]

–Caracas Arepa Bar is closing its East Village location after 17 years. [EV Grieve]

–Two more Chinatown favorites, Lan Zhou and Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food, close their doors, pointing to a problem that preceded the pandemic: there’s an unrealistic expectation that Chinese restaurants keep their prices ridiculously low. [Grub Street]

–A profile of restauranteur Moonlynn Tsai and actress/podcast host Yin Chang, the team behind “Heart of Dinner,” which is feeding Chinatown seniors. [Food & Wine]


Huge Crowd Converges on Lower East Side to Remember Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

An enormous crowd gathered on the Lower East Side Sunday morning to mourn a major figure in the worldwide Jewish community, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein.


Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Re-opening of Luther Gulick Park

A few weeks ago we told you about the re-opening of Luther Gulick Park, which had just undergone a $10 million restoration. This past Wednesday morning, there was an official ribbon cutting …

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Lower East Side Celebrates Biden Victory; See How Your Neighbors Voted

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris finally clinched Pennsylvania this morning and the Associated Press and the television networks declared the Democratic presidential ticket notorious, there were spontaneous celebrations across the city …

Lower East Side News

–The city is planning protected bike lanes along Avenue C and East Houston Street to accommodate bicyclists who sooner or later will be diverted from East River Park due to resiliency-related construction. [Streetsblog]

–At a recent community board meeting, city officials went over plans for yet another delay in the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. They said the new delay is meant to accommodate pleas for ample outdoor public space during the pandemic. [Bedford & Bowery]

–The city will be hosting virtual meetings to inform the rebuilding of 70 Mulberry Street, a community facility destroyed by fire.  [NYC.gov]

–A police officer who pressed his knee into the neck of a bystander during a social distancing arrest in the East Village, will retire rather than face a disciplinary hearing. [The New York Times]

–A national survey finds that small galleries like signs and symbols on the Lower East Side are especially vulnerable due to the federal government’s failure to approve more small business aid. [The Art Newspaper]

–The pandemic continues to rip through the fabric of the New York restaurant and bar industry. One of the latest casualties is the quirky LES cocktail bar, Nightcap. [NPR]

–A new pasta spot, Forsythia, opens on Stanton Street. [Eater]

–The legendary Astor Place Hairstylists is calling it quits due to COVID-19. [The New York Times]

–RIP Kid Lucky, East Village beatbox pioneer. [EV Grieve]

–Daily Paper, an Amsterdam-based clothing brand, has opened a store on the Lower East Side. [Vanity Fair]


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Community Board 3 Takes Up Outdoor Dining, Houston Street Bike Corral in November

If you’d like to tune into any of Community Board 3’s upcoming virtual meetings, here’s what’s coming up in November.

–On Wednesday, November 4, …

Kathleen Thomas, at left, and Susan King, at right,  voted early at the Campos Plaza Community Center on Sunday. Photo by Kari Jensen.

New Yorkers Flock to Early Voting Stations in Droves

Not known for sitting back, New Yorkers turned out in record numbers to vote this past weekend. …


Early Voting Begins; Long Lines on the Lower East Side

There are reports of long lines across New York City, the first day of early voting for the 2020 General Election. It’s definitely the …

Lower East Side Links

–The Strand, experiencing a catastrophic loss in business due to COVID-19, is asking for help. [Gothamist]

–Jing Fong, Chinatown’s largest restaurant, reopens for indoor dining. “But the elephant in the room, as it is with many restaurants around the city, is rent. While the Lam family (Jing Fong’s owners) placated the landlord with some of the restaurant’s Paycheck Protection Program money, they haven’t paid their rent in full for seven months, and there are no official discussions about waiving even a portion of it. That bill will come due at some point. Even if their business recovers with indoor dining as well as the Lam family hopes, the survival of Manhattan’s largest Chinese restaurant is uncertain.” [Eater]

–A new report illustrates just how devastating job losses have been in New York’s Asian communities. [NY1]

–Mission Chinese is gone from the Lower East Side but the controversy over the restaurant’s toxic work culture lives on.  Danny Bowien has gone public, addressing a multitude of allegations from former employees. [Eater]

–Police were investigating after the body of an 87-year-old man was found in an apartment on Grand Street. [AM New York]

–Even though the mayor has delayed the opening of new jails to replace Rikers Island, plans are moving forward for the design of a new Chinatown jail. [The City]

–Part of the argument for rezoning Soho is that it could lead to more affordable housing construction, but the truth is there are very few available building sites in the neighborhood. Here’s a look at what could be realistically built and where. [Curbed]

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A Reminder, On the Williamsburg Bridge

Elizabeth. Scaffidi Vote

An evening photo by Elizabeth Scaffidi from The Williamsburg Bridge reminds us to vote. Early voting in NYC starts tomorrow, Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020. You can find your pollsite here. If you’d like to submit a photo, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us, #lodownny, on Instagram here.

LES Cactus and Succulent Society

Lower East Side Cactus and Succulent Society Announces Fundraising Pop Up

A fundraiser to open up a funky new community space in the Lower East Side has popped up at the Dover Street Market. …