Left: Kimlau Square a week ago; right: Kimlau Square Sunday, Oct. 8. Photos by Lee Berman.

(Opinion) It’s Long Past Time For Our City to Give the Homeless the Resources and Compassion They Deserve

The following op/ed was written by Lee Berman, a Lower East Side district leader, regarding this past weekend’s shocking murders of four homeless men in Chinatown. …





The Bialystoker Nursing Home’s Next Chapter

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Good morning! Malki Sinensky took this photo of the old Bialystoker Nursing Home on East Broadway, which is being renovated as part of a larger development project. The building is a New York City-protected landmark.





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After Brutal Murders of Homeless Men in Chinatown, Mayor is Urged to Take Bold Action

The horrifying murders of four homeless men in Chinatown early Saturday are generating national news headlines and renewed pleas for a comprehensive strategy to …

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

Revised East River Flood Protection Plans Met With More Local Skepticism

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

In response to neighborhood opposition to the city’s plans for a …

Lower East Side Links

–The 14th Street busway finally made its debut on Thursday. [AM New York]

–NYC Ferry has been criticized as a waste of money that mostly serves affluent riders. But could steps be taken to make the ferry more accessible to a wider population? One expert observes of the Lower East Side stop, “you literally have to go to the far east side of the city where there’s actually not that much, you have to cross over the FDR Drive, which is not all that attractive, and then go to a dinky slip that is sort of isolated and dark, and doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence or safety.”  [City & State]

–The developers of Essex Crossing have selected a group of artists to paint a huge mural on the side of one of its buildings. [Patch]

–The New Museum has reached an agreement with its new union on a five-year contract. [Artforum]

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Metrograph Re-Releases “Downtown 81,” Starring Basquiat

The Metrograph is releasing a new 35mm print of the fabled Edo Bertoglio film, “Downtown 81,” featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat on a journey through the Lower East Side amid plenty of old school characters …

Lower East Side Links

–The publicly accessible plaza at Essex Crossing will be dedicated today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. The mega-project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area is seen by developers, “as a victory in an area where 165 million square feet of prime real estate laid fallow for roughly five decades.”  But Jonathan Westin, director of New York Communities for Change, disagrees: “This is another gentrification project… They’ll reap millions of dollars out of this project when the city should focus on working with non-profit developers to build truly affordable housing.” [Daily News]

–At the Alfred E. Smith Houses today at 11 a.m., U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez will unveil a proposal to pump billions of dollars into NYCHA buildings across New York City. [Daily News]

–The Lower East Side is now a million dollar neighborhood, according to a new apartment sales report. [Curbed]

–Opponents of the mayor’s borough-based jail proposal plan a protest march in Chinatown on Sunday. [Patch]

–Cops are looking for a suspect who stabbed a man outside a deli on Madison Street on Sunday. [Channel 7]

–Katie Rue of Reception Bar, the Korean cocktail lounge on Orchard Street, shares some of her favorite Lower East Side things. [Bon Appetit]

East Broadway Light

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Good morning! Here’s a recent photo from Pat Arnow.

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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property

FULLY RENOVATED GEM

Spacious two bedroom (largest layout) with huge great room and double exposures (eastern and western) for excellent cross ventilation …

Playing in the Park

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Good morning! @gguten took this photo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

A Preview of Community Board 3’s October Meetings

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up at Community Board 3 …

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Latest Desperate Ploy at One Manhattan Square: Rent-to-Buy

Here’s the latest evidence that all is not well at Extell’s One Manhattan Square.

The Real Deal reports that the developer is now offering …

Lower East Side Links

–Police released a new photo of a suspect wanted in a string of violent assaults on the Lower East Side. [Channel 2]

–Prosecutors say a suspect accused of beating a Lower East Side resident to death snapped because the man wouldn’t turn on the air conditioner. The suspect, Truman Delaney, met the victim and his wife through a CIA Facebook page, and had been living with them in an apartment on Henry Street. [New York Post]

–Local residents mobilized against the mayor’s resiliency plan for East River Park, but the City Planning Commission signed off on the proposal anyway. Next stop: City Council. [Patch]

–Suraj Patel will try again to unseat U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney. The congresswoman now has four opponents in the Democratic Primary. [BuzzFeed News]

–A police union president circulated video of someone tagging a cop car in Chinatown to, “illustrate the lack of respect for police officers.” [Daily News]

–Roberta’s Pizza is opening a location on Avenue A near East 1st Street. [Commercial Observer]

–Mark Israel toiled for six years to create his new sourdough doughnut at the Doughnut Plant. [New York Times]

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Activists Will Rally to Bury City’s East River Park Resiliency Plan on Saturday

Community activists are planning a rally tomorrow (Saturday) to protest the city’s resiliency plan for East River Park. From the organizers’ press release:

Demonstrators …

The former Rivington House nursing home.

Rivington House Building is Sold For $160 Million; New Owner a Mystery

Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co. and Adam America Real Estate have had enough. They have now sold the former Rivington House nursing home building to a mystery buyer for $160 million. …