Lower East Side Links

–The city’s controversial plan to build a huge new jail at 80 Centre St. has been scrubbed, “mainly over difficulties relocating all the existing tenants in the building, which houses state offices and is used as the city’s marriage license bureau.”  They’re now reverting to an earlier proposal to renovate/expand the existing jail facility at 125 White St. [Daily News]

–Local elected officials react to the city’s change of plans. [Villager]

–The mayor and his deputies are moving ahead with plans for four mega-towers in the Two Bridges neighborhood: “The City Planning Commission is gearing up to vote on the project as early as next week, after stymying a separate effort by two Manhattan politicians to stall construction and require more government input.” Local activists are planning to file a lawsuit in a last ditch effort to stop the projects. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said yesterday: “I am disappointed that the Department of City Planning and the de Blasio administration for some reason do not believe they should go through a public review given the enormity of the project and how it will impact the community.” [Politico- full story by subscription only]

–The City Council pushes to legalize e-bikes, setting up a potential confrontation with the mayor. [Channel 2]

–A mini-Spike Lee fest at the Metrograph with the filmmaker in attendance on Sunday. [Gothamist]

LES Arts Week

Lower East Side Galleries Push for More Visitors

Hoping to encourage more foot traffic, gallery owners Leslie Heller and Bart Keijsers Koning recently kicked off the inaugural L.E.S. Art Week, featuring exhibits …


Manhattan Nightlife Town Hall Meeting Happening Tonight

Via Community Board 3, here’s a notice about a “Manhattan Nightlife Town Hall,” happening tonight (Wednesday) in Midtown. According to the Mayor’s Office of …

Chillhouse offers CBD in NYC

CBD is Served Hot, Baked or Over Ice at Chillhouse

Here’s a look at Chillhouse, a wellness cafe at 149 Essex St., from Ivan Flores with New York City News Service. This is part of our continuing collaboration on the “Lower East Side Voices” video series. …


One Killed, Others Injured After Driver Hits Pedestrians on Forsyth/Canal Streets

A terrible traffic accident last night at Forsyth Street and Canal Street left one person dead and several others injured.

It happened just before …

Fall 2018 on the Lower East Side


Good morning! Today’s photo is by Alain Levitt.

Photo Credit: Patty Boutin

Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, November 24

The Lower East Side Partnership wants to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition, backed by American Express, that celebrates small businesses across the nation. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without Lower East Side locals joining in. …

Sidewalk Scenes

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Good morning. @gguten took this photo somewhere in Chinatown.

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Continuing a Neighborly Thanksgiving Tradition at Sugar Sweet Sunshine

If you are staying in town for a quiet Thanksgiving holiday, there are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood that are cooking up turkey dinners, but this story of a special tradition among friends caught our attention. …

Lower East Side Links

–Jared and Joshua Kushner have apparently scooped up the Hotel on Rivington. The 20-story property was developed by Paul Stallings, who has operated the hotel as an independent brand since its opening in 2005. THOR is likely set for a major renovation. [Page Six].

–Essex Crossing has refinanced its completed building at 145 Clinton St. Wells Fargo is backing the rental housing in “The Rollins” for $93 million, while Goldman Sachs’ commercial mortgage-backed securities group has provided a $63 million loan for the commercial portion of the building. More Essex Crossing news: Spectrum Electronics has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet in the same building, which also includes Trader Joe’s and Target. [New York Post]

–The Parks Department finally agrees to relocate staff and equipment in the Stanton Street Park building, a modest but important step in returning the structure to the community for local uses. [Villager]

–A rent hike has prompted Nick Morgenstern to close El Rey, his popular cafe on Stanton Street. [Eater]

–Remembering Jimi Zhivago, East Village musician, producer and composer. [EV Grieve]

Catherine Slip, Mid-November 2018

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Good morning. David Sierra took this photo at the Catherine Slip pedestrian mall.

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Grand Re-Opening New Location – 45 Years In Business, Sponsored by Seward Park Liquors

We’re celebrating our grand re-opening after 45 years in business. Seward Park Liquors is now at 53 Ludlow Street, between Grand St. and Hester …


Malaysian Coffee Shop, Kopitiam, is Bustling on East Broadway

We are continuing our collaboration with New York City News Service for our Lower East Side Voices video series. Here’s a look at the …


Early Snow Brings Fallen Branch Hazards

Yesterday’s wet snow brought down a whole bunch of tree branches. They are covering sidewalks and streets throughout the Lower East Side. Be careful …

Photo: NYC DOT.

New Delancey Street Bike Lanes Make Their Debut

Before the snow hit the city yesterday, elected officials rode across the Williamsburg Bridge, ending up on the Lower East Side to unveil new protected bike lanes on Delancey Street. …