Sunrise Flight Over the East River

sunrise flight by Kari Jensen

Kicking off our new year on a peaceful note, Kari Jensen caught this sunrise flight over the East River.





Downtown 2021

“Downtown 2021″ Opens at LaMaMa Galleria

“Downtown 2021,” a new show curated by Sam Gordon at La MaMa Galleria opens tomorrow. A collection of work by local artists who have …





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January Meetings at Community Board 3

New year, a new slate of virtual meetings hosted by Community Board 3. Here are some January highlights:

–On Thursday, January 7, the human …

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Hester Street Fair Moves Gift Shop to 22 Ludlow Gallery Through January 10th

Hester Street Fair is moving their online Gift Guide to the brick and mortar gallery at 22 Ludlow for an extra week of New …

Silver Films

Remembering Joan Micklin Silver, Director of “Hester Street” and “Crossing Delancey”

A trailblazer for women in Hollywood, director Joan Micklin Silver, died this past week at her home in New York City at the age …

Happy New Year, Lower East Side!

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Rosemary Dery caught some fireworks in Tompkins Square Park the other night.

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Red Winter Sunset on the East River

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Susan Levinson caught the red, red sunset, on the East River, a few nights ago. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Lower East Side Links

–“There were two things customers could be pretty certain about any time they walked into Army & Navy Bags. Henry Yao would be there, and he would be kind.” It’s one of the reasons customers rallied around Henry during the worst days of the pandemic and why his business has at least a fighting chance of surviving Covid. [The New York Times]

–Christmas is usually one of the busiest days of the year in Chinatown. The pandemic, of course, put a damper on business. A survey shows that around 10% of Chinatown’s 300 restaurants have closed in the past year, with operators desperately trying to hang on through the winter. [Channel 2]

–Damage from high winds — just the latest obstacle facing B&H Dairy, which is crowdfunding for its survival. [EV Grieve]

–A grass roots campaign and a boost from Will Smith helps locals light up Mott Street. [Channel 2]

–The Lower East Side takes its turn in the Times’ “Living In” spotlight. Brokers say apartment prices have only fallen about 5% during the pandemic, less than other downtown neighborhoods. [The New York Times]

–Another take on Sweet Pickle Book’s, the Lower East Side’s new used bookstore. [Eater]

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Chain Stores Take a Hit in NYC, Including on the Lower East Side

Each year we’re interested to read the Center for an Urban Future’s report, State of the Chains. Mostly, our readers are not fans of …

Kevin Felton out front at Nick and Son Clothing Inc. in the Lower East Side. Photo by Kari Jensen

Retailers Aim to Uplift Spirits After Downtrodden Year

Local retailers are helping boost the spirits of beleaguered New Yorkers by offering festive settings and quality customer service, as a year tarnished with pandemic-related loss draws to a close. …

Holiday Cheer in Corlears Hook Park

Corlears Hook Park Holiday Cheer

Some holiday cheer courtesy of Friends of Corlears Hook Park, after their tree-lighting festivities.

 

Monthly ceremonial fires, organized by Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet at Abrons Arts Center will continue this spring,  centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge with guest artists and activists.

Abrons Arts Center Announces Spring 2021 Season

Monthly ceremonial fires, organized by Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet at Abrons Arts Center will continue this spring, centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge with …

Lower East Side Links

–Small businesses knew they got shortchanged by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal government’s Covid relief initiative. A new analysis supports that conclusion, showing that a little more than half of NYC micro-businesses (with 10 employees or less) received loans. On the Lower East Side, 47.7% of small businesses secured loans. The analysis shows that more affluent neighborhoods got a larger share of PPP loans. [The City]

–Second generation Chinese New Yorkers are stepping up to help devastated Chinatown businesses but there’s widespread agreement that the only thing that will save most local small businesses is a massive federal bailout. [WNYC-Gothamist]

–The city is moving forward with the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project but the debate rages on about plans for East River Park. [City & State]

–The city has awarded tax credits to 7 new housing projects, including a development on Broome Street that will result in 115 apartments for low-income seniors. [New York Yimby]

–Designer Sandy Liang does not stray far from her Chinatown/Lower East Side family roots in opening a new store on Orchard Street. [Paper]

–The Amsterdam fashion brand Daily Paper signs a lease for a 6,000 square foot NYC flagship store at 18 Delancey St. [Real Estate Weekly]

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Chinatown’s Giant Snowman Returns!

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This week’s snowstorm meant a return of everyone’s favorite, Chinatown’s Giant Snowman. We missed him last year, because it was such a mild winter. Photo by Carol Anastasio.  If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.