Al Orensanz. Photo from the archives of the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

Reminder: Al Orensanz Memorial Service Takes Place Tomorrow Night

Orensanz will be remembered during an event at the Angel Orensanz Center. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Department of Buildings rarely revokes after hours permits. [The Real Deal]

–The Kansas Gallery on Rivington Street is closing. [Artforum]

–Some people are questioning whether business improvement districts have outlived their usefulness. [Crain’s]

–L Train angst grips New York. A look at some conventional and unconventional solutions to the looming shutdown of the tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn. [Newsweek]

–The Lenin statue, which has been perched on top of the Red Square residential complex on East Houston Street since 1994 was removed last night.  [EV Grieve]

“War in the Neighborhood,” described as “one of the strongest works of graphic non-fiction to date and an engrossing first-hand document of the housing battles of the Lower East Side at the end of the 20th Century,” is coming out with a new edition. There’s a crowdfunding campaign to support it. [Comics Beat]

–Returning San Gennaro to its roots: From the Times’ Lens blog, photos from Little Italy in the years before “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos.” [New York Times]


(Sponsored) Watch the First Presidential Debate at Donnybrook

The crew at Donnybrook (35 Clinton St.) is hosting a “Let the Games Begin” debate watching party on Monday, Sept. 26. Grab your friends …

Good Morning!


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo at Orchard and Delancey streets. | Weather: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 84. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


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Mark Podwal at the opening of "Kaddish for Dabrowa Bialostocka." Photo by Kate Milford.

Museum at Eldridge Debuts New Art Gallery With Mark Podwal Exhibit

The Museum at Eldridge debuted their brand new gallery space, the Michael Weinstein Gallery, with an inaugural exhibition by artist Mark Podwal last night. …

Lowline rendering; courtesy of Raad Studio/James Ramsey.

(Exclusive) Here’s Your First Look at the Lowline Underground Park Proposal

We are publishing the full application submitted to the Economic Development Corp. earlier this year. …

Lower East Side Links

–Experts suggest possible steps to accommodate a quarter of a million daily commuters when the L Train tunnel shuts down in 2019. Among them: a dedicated bus lane on the Williamsburg Bridge. [Daily News]

–Neighbors continue to battle a rooftop bar/restaurant at the Delancey Street Holiday Inn. The community board will take up the issue tomorrow night. [DNA Info]

–Reviled landlord Steve Croman is back in court tomorrow. Is a plea deal in the works? [EV Grieve]

–Adam Gopnik offers his thoughts on the new book, “Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs.” [New Yorker]

–A new gallery is opening at the Museum at Eldridge Street. [New York Times]

–Reminder: A memorial will be held for Al Orensanz, longtime director of the Angel Orensanz Center, Wednesday evening. [The Lo-Down]

Good Morning!


Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 | Sara Sekine took this photo of a rainbow over Delancey Street last week. | Weather: The rain will continue through the morning before we see some clearing, but thunderstorms expected this afternoon. Look for a high of 77. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


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Kareem Hamady, Julian Plyter at the Hester Street Fair in 2011.

Hester Street Fair Celebrates Home Grown Businesses on Saturday

You might recognize these guys — Kareem Hamady and Julian Plyter of Melt Bakery. …

Lower East Side Links

–The city has released a Request for Proposals for affordable housing on the Elizabeth Street Garden site. Local residents are vowing to fight the plan, which has been championed by City Council member Margaret Chin. [DNA Info]

–17 cyclists have been killed by motorists in New York City this year. People in some communities say the de Blasio administration is not doing enough to make the roads safe. [Daily News]

–A profile of Lower Manhattan’s likely new Assenblywoman: “(Yuh-Line) Niou, an ebullient conversationalist who speaks between torrents of roaring laughter, is refreshingly candid and relentlessly upbeat.” [Vogue]

–Here’s Jenifer Rajkumar’s perspective on the battle for the 65th Assembly District. She came in second Tuesday to Yuh-Line Niou. [News India]

–“Me, My Grandfather and Citizenship Day;” Federal Judge Denny Chin recounts his grandfather’s American story, which began in Chinatown. [New York Times]

–Walter Robinson, a stalwart of the 1980s Lower East Side art scene, finally gets a New York retrospective. [New Yorker]

–P.S. 110’s Lauren Bakian Aaker teaches with dance parties and emojis. [Chalkbeat]

Good Morning!


Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 | Alan LeNoble took this photo of the moon coming up over the Lower East Side. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 74. Partly cloudy and 78 on Saturday. Sunday we’ll see cloudy skies with afternoon rain showers and a high of 82. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Followup: Proposed Delancey Street Bike Lane + Bike Parking Facility

Cyclists were overjoyed to learn yesterday about the city’s plan to create a protected bike lane on Delancey Street. The news was first reported …

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Walk Canal Street, Point Out Ideas For Improvement Tonight From 5-7

Here’s a reminder. The Lower East Side Partnership is holding a neighborhood visioning event on Canal Street between 5 and 7 tonight. A section …