Lower East Side Links

–Reminder: Tonight Mayor de Blasio and City Council member Rosie Mendez host a town hall meeting at P.S. 188. Full Story on The Lo-Down.

–Two Chinatown associations face questions over their use of money raised to support former police officer Peter Liang’s legal defense. [World Journal via Voices of NY]

–The frenzy over a Chinatown revival continues: “Restaurants don’t often come back from the dead. Those that do tend to be ones that loom large in the minds of New Yorkers — like Hwa Yuan.” [Grub Street]

–A big crowd turned out for the opening of Round Two on Stanton Street, a streetwear brand that opened its first retail store in Virginia four years ago. [High Snobiety]

–Here’s the early word on Club Cumming, Alan Cumming’s new bar on East Sixth Street. [New York Times]

–More from SZA’s Lower East Side surprise concert, which the singer announced on Instagram: “The result was nothing short of mayhem; fans flocked to the street hours ahead of the scheduled show time to claim a spot in line, desperate for a chance to see the TDE signee (very) up close and personal.” [Billboard]


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Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 | Here’s a recent photo from the Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: Rain showers this morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon and a high of 65. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Lower East Side Voices: Rooftop Legends Returns

Here’s another installment of our series – Lower East Side Voices. …

Lower East Side Links

–The New Museum has selected high profile architect Rem Koolhaas to design its new annex on the Bowery. [New York Times]

–Settlement Housing Fund and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, “failed to apply for funds through the city’s Build it Back program.” Now they’re floating the idea of flood protections for their low-income buildings on South Street, if a mega-project from JDS Development Group is allowed to move forward. [DNAinfo]

–An environmental group hosted a harbor boat ride to demonstrate the flood risks in Lower Manhattan five years after Hurricane Sandy. [AMNY]

–Steve Cuozzo celebrates the return of Hwa Yuan, the legendary Sichuan restaurant that recently reopened in grand form on East Broadway. [New York Post]

–Pete Wells is not very impressed with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest restaurant, Public Kitchen, in Ian Schrager’s new Public Hotel. [New York Times]

–The Lower East Side’s Mission Chinese is the test case for a new urban farming startup that wants to grow exotic mushrooms in local restaurants. [Bloomberg]

Photo by Jac Zagoory.

SZA Attracts a Huge Crowd For Free Show at The Box Last Night

A huge crowd gathered last night on Chrystie Street outside The Box night club. …

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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 | Tamra Maher took this photo Saturday evening at Henry M. Jackson Playground. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning followed by rain showers in the afternoon and a high of 74. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Rapist Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison For East River Park Attack

A 30-year old man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for brutally raping a female jogger in East River Park two years ago. …

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Lower East Side Voices: Mobilizing to Help Puerto Rico

Beginning today, The Lo-Down is bringing back our occasional series, Lower East Side Voices, which highlights stories from the neighborhood’s diverse communities. …

Lower East Side Links

–More on International Center of Photography’s move to Essex Crossing. The venerable institution has struggled to attract museum visitors since opening on the Bowery. Visitorship has actually dropped from 165,000 in 2014 to 100,000 now. ICP execs are optimistic that reuniting the museum and school under one roof will further the goal of attracting a younger audience focused on digital storytelling. [New York Times]

–The new owners of Webster Hall will outline their renovation plans at an upcoming community board meeting. [EV Grieve]

–ESPN is taking 19,000 square feet for new studios at the South Street Seaport. [The Real Deal]

–A look at the District 1 City Council race. While Christopher Marte hammers Margaret Chin over her stance on the Elizabeth Street Garden, Chin says, “I was elected to make tough choices, and it might have cost me some votes – but it was the right thing to do.” [NY1]

–Elected officials with Puerto Rican roots, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, have been leading the charge against the Trump administration’s sluggish response to Hurricane Maria. [New York Times]

–A woman said she was groped by a Sudanese diplomat while at a bar on Third Avenue. The suspect fled but was later caught by police from the 9th Precinct. They were forced to let the man go, however, because he has diplomatic immunity. [Daily News]

–Passengers confront a man yelling racist slurs on the L Train, toss him off at Bedford Avenue and throw soup on him. [Daily News]

–Here’s the first part of Nightline’s new series, A Murder on Orchard Street.  [ABC News]

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Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 | @gguten took this photo in Columbus Park. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 83. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

International Center of Photography at Essex Crossing. Rendering by Moso Studio.

International Center of Photography Confirms Plans to Move Museum & School to Essex Crossing

Now it’s a done deal. Just a few days after sales contracts hit public records, the International Center of Photography (ICP) has confirmed it is moving both its museum and school to Essex Crossing. …

Photos by Alfonso Guerriero.

Tony Danza “Cha Chas” to Little Italy’s Past at Alleva Dairy

There are no movie directors yelling “cut,” or noticeable paparazzi with high-powered lenses in the vicinity. …

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Ai Weiwei Installs Another Art Work — This Time at 248 Bowery

Before the weekend, we put up some photos from the Essex Street Market, where artist/activist Ai Weiwei installed one of the site specific pieces …

Lower East Side Links

–Editorial: Bill de Blasio should begin paying attention to the people who put him in office, even as he heads for certain re-election next month. “Any victory will be Pyrrhic if the very people he claims to champion continue to flee their neighborhoods and their city for want of the boldest action possible to reimagine solutions to the city’s affordable housing crisis.” [Daily News]

–In November, voters will be asked to decide whether judges should have the power to strip pensions from corrupt elected officials. Former state lawmakers, including Sheldon Silver, have been able to keep their pensions after criminal prosecutions. [Times Union]

–Launching today — an organization former State Sen. Daniel Squadron helped create to back progressive candidates for political office nationwide. [BuzzFeed]

–It’s a time of significant change for downtown dance institutions, including at the Abrons Arts Center. [New York Times]

–Another look at the Tenement Museum’s new exhibition, Under One Roof. [City Lab]