Morning Reads: Flipping 190 Bowery, Seaport Tower Shrinks, Anti-Placard Parking Push

RFR Holdings is looking to flip 190 Bowery just two months after going into contract on the landmark owned by photographer Jay Maisel (Commercial Observer).

The Howard Hughes Corp. has agreed to reduce the height of a proposed Seaport tower from 52 to 42 stories (Crain’s).

A City Council hearing on a proposal to institute a 10 cent plastic bag fee turned contentious. Local Council member Margaret Chin is one of the sponsors (NYT).

The Chinatown Partnership speaks out against placard parking (Streetsblog).

Catherine Guerriero, who ran for public advocate, is the new president of La Salle Academy (Daily News).

Bushwick doesn’t want SantaCon either (AMNY).

Good Morning!

Trees near the Manhattan Bridge ramp in their full fall glory.

Trees near the Manhattan Bridge ramp in their full fall glory.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 43, but the temperature will dip down to 27 tonight.

St. Mary's Holiday Open House

St. Mary’s Church Hosts Holiday Gift Shop Open House

Our friends at St. Mary’s Church are hosting a Holiday Open House tomorrow at their gift shop in the rectory at 28 Attorney Street …

blood drive

LoHo Realty Blood Drive Today From 3-9 p.m.


Arrests Made in Gun Trafficking Operation That Used Chinatown Buses (Updated 3:10 p.m.)

Morning Reads: Bag Fee Push, Grand Street CVS Rat-Roach Haven, Chinatown’s “Off-the-Grid” Dance Parties

Margaret Chin and her Council colleagues advocate for a 10 cent plastic bag fee. A committee hearing will be held on the proposal at 1 p.m. (Daily News).

Councilman Rafael Espinal thinks the bag fee is a bad idea (Observer).

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is paying another $141,000 in legal fees associated with the Vito Lopez sex harassment scandal (Daily News).

At the CVS on Grand Street, health “inspectors found dead insects in candy boxes in the basement, another 60 dead flies, half a dozen dead roaches, and 110 mouse and rat droppings. They found either inaccurate thermometers or none at all in seven of the basement and retail level coolers and freezers.” (Channel 11).

A former East 10th Street dorm building is primed for a rental conversion (Real Deal).

The resident of a tenement on 2nd Avenue has a few things he’d like to tell Airbnb guests (EV Grieve).

Inside the dance party scene that unfolds in a Chinese restaurant under the Manhattan Bridge (Gothamist).

Good Morning!

Broome Street looking east near Orchard Street.

Broome Street looking east near Orchard Street.

Sunny today but cold and windy with a high of 32.

Mission Chinese Food, 171 East Broadway.

LES Bites: Mission Chinese Wire, El Sombrero, Petee’s Pies, Jewbano Sandwich at Comfort Diner

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council Instagram.

$10 Winter Produce Boxes Offered in Two Bridges Area

Morning Reads: Bob Marley Marijuana Brand, Pop-Up Gallery at Wing Shoon, Santacon 2014 Stays Clear of LES

Marley Natural, “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy of one of marijuana’s most devoted sons,” will be operated out of a loft space on the Lower East Side (USA Today).

Tenant advocates remain optimistic about strengthening the state’s rent law next year in spite of Republican Senate gains (Crain’s).

The Reena Spaulings Fine Arts gallery held a one-day show in the shuttered Wing Shoon Chinese restaurant space; “the gallery says it took three days of industrial cleaning to get the place looking respectable, and even then, one would be hard-pressed to say it was spotless.” Among those slumming it on the lower LES: Wendi Deng Murdoch, Eric Schmidt, Dasha Zhukova, Peter Thiel, Jack Dorsey, and Larry Gagosian (Vulture)

Community activists are hopeful about the prospects of saving Siempre Verde Garden (Curbed).

Santacon 2014 will terrorize Bushwick instead of the Lower East Side (Gothamist).

A list of endangered places in NYC (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

Good Morning!

After the rain on Clinton Street. Photo by Joel Raskin.

After the rain on Clinton Street. Photo by Joel Raskin.

No more rain today but it’s going to be cold. Sunny and windy with a high of just 34.  Tonight it dips down to 23.

The scene on South Street after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Virginia Jones.

Learning From Hurricane Sandy: LES Ready! Releases Report

Galli Restaurant, 98 Rivington St.

Galli Debuts Lunch, Delivery Options Today

Essex Crossing Park renderings by West 8.

New Essex Crossing Park Renderings Released; Timeline Set For Establishing Advisory Committee

Essex Street Market.

Essex Crossing Taps Into Tax Exempt Bonds, Groundbreaking Date Slides, Demolition Begins Next Month