Good Morning!

Delancey Street, date unknown. Photo by H. Spencer Young.

Delancey Street, date unknown. Photo by H. Spencer Young.

A chance of showers this morning before we see some clearing this afternoon and a high of 72. Thanks to H. Spencer Young for today’s photo.

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Arts Watch: Queer New York International Arts Fest Kicks off on Wednesday

This Wednesday, the Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYIAF ) returns to New York for its third year. Abrons Arts Center serves as festival hub and home base. Performances take place at multiple venues around town. This year’s line-up features twelve U.S. premieres and new performance works by artists from around the world. …


Avalon Chrystie Place is Sold For $365 Million

178 Ludlow St.

Police Look For Suspect in Craigslist Apartment Scam at 178 Ludlow St.

Coffee is roasted on-site at Creffle, a new cafe at 115 Stanton St.

Now Open: Creffle Cafe at 115 Stanton St.

Move over, cronuts and bruffins. …

Morning Reads: Cuomo & de Blasio Check Out San Gennaro, LES Galleries Still Strong, “Bendy Tree” Prayers

The mayor and governor visit San Gennaro (NY1).

If the Democrats take control of the state Senate, Mayor de Blasio will seek to take control of the city’s rent regulation destiny. Not so fast.  A source in Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office says: “We’ve always stood for the strongest rent regulations… (But) the question is whether (the Assembly is) willing to cede the oversight of that” to the city.” (Daily News)

Opinion: Rent vouchers could help solve the “poor door” dilemma (Crain’s).

Three young architects are floating the idea of using parking spaces as a way of leveraging more affordable housing (NYT).

The Manhattan Borough President announces a partnership with CUNY to help community boards mine city data (Gotham Gazette).

Critic Jerry Saltz was impressed during a recent visit to Lower East Side galleries (Vulture).

Reverend Billy stops by Tompkins Square Park to say a prayer for that doomed “structurally unsound” tree (EV Grieve).

Good Morning!

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Looking downtown with Knickerbocker Village in the foreground; June 2014. Photo by ribonyc.

Sunny skies today with a high of 73.

Firefighters Respond to Dumpster Fire at Vladeck Houses

Fire at the Vladeck Houses. Photo from @cooperativelyyours.

Fire at the Vladeck Houses. Photo from @cooperativelyyours.

Firefighters worked this afternoon for more than an hour to put out a fire that had been set inside a dumpster at the Vladeck Houses.  The dumpster is located in a courtyard at the public housing complex, between Water and Madison streets. No one was injured, but the smoke could be seen throughout the neighborhood.

The Martin Keehn shop on Essex Street

Shop Talk: Moo Shoes, Martin Keehn, Dear Rivington and More

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

We love Moo …


Sneak Peek: Comfort Diner Construction Progresses

There are milkshakes in the short-range forecast at 399 Grand St. …

Birds & Bubbles, now open on Forsyth Street. Photo by Donny Tsang, courtesy of the restaurant.

LES Bites: Birds & Bubbles Debuts, Patacon Pisao Opens at Last, Bar News

A Friday food and drink roundup. …

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Public Forum to Explain Deferred Action Immigration Program

Morning Reads: Chinatown Hotel Boom, Funeral Home Sued After Cremation, Heshy Jacob’s 9/11

A hotel boom has hit Chinatown (Observer).

Budget cuts impacting the federal Section 8 rent voucher program are putting a big squeeze on New York City tenants (NYT).

A look at some new Manhattan condo projects, including the ultra-modern 12-story tower at 100 Norfolk St. that’s being marketed to “scenesters and trust fund kids.” (Daily News)

The Wah Wing Funeral home on Mulberry Street has been sued by the family of a woman who was accidentally cremated (Post).

Grand Street’s Heshy Jacob, a board member of the Hatzolah ambulance service, tells his 9/11 story (The Jewish Week).

Good Morning!

Photo by Chris Castillo.

Photo by Chris Castillo.

It will be mostly sunny today with a high of 77. Afternoon showers tomorrow and 77. Sunny and 74 on Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Rivington House.

VillageCare Seeks to Sell Rivington House to a “For-Profit” Health Care Operator