Under the Radar Festival 2020 Kicks Off on January 8th

Under The Radar theater festival at The Public opens its 16th season on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The international line-up confirms the downtown festival’s …


Ernesto’s Makes Its Debut at 259 East Broadway

Ernesto’s, an ambitious restaurant featuring the cuisine of Spain’s Basque region, opened just before the new year at 259 East Broadway.

It’s the first …

Lower East Side Links

–A recap of the City Planning Commission hearing for the large new complex to be built on the rubble of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. [Cityland]

–A good question: Why is New York continuing to build so aggressively along the waterfront? [Curbed]

–Ridership is up 23% on the Lower East Side ferry route this past fall compared with the fall of 2018, right after the new route launched. [AM New York]

–The new Trader Joe’s on East 14th Street near Avenue A opens on Monday. [EV Grieve]

–Robert Sietsema is impressed with the New Orleans-style bar food at Canary Club on Broome Street. [Eater]

The Jarmulowsky Building’s New Spire Revealed


Good morning! The other day, we finally got our first look at the new 50-foot spire on top of the Jarmulowsky Bank Building. It’s been surrounded in scaffolding since being hoisted into position this past summer. The newly fabricated lantern replaces the original version, which was unceremoniously removed in 1990. A boutique hotel is set to open in the restored bank building in the future (the latest estimate is summer of 2020).

Lower East Side Links

–It has become increasingly difficult to hold government accountable as large media outlets slash their local news budgets. While smaller news sites have tried to fill the gap, they often are not sustainable financially. This article highlights The Lo-Down’s coverage of the Rivington House scandal, noting that hyperlocal news publications, “at times play a pivotal role in the larger news ecosystem in New York City.” [City & State]

–Praise for local City Council Member Carlina Rivera, who pushed through legislation to deter construction companies that take over bike lanes. [Streetsblog]

–The governor vetoes legislation that would have legalized e-bikes. One advocate for delivery workers, who lobbied for the legislation said, “Governor Cuomo, a supposed champion for immigrants and the working poor, has failed to protect 40,000 low-wage, mostly immigrant workers in New York.” [New York Times]

–The share of Chinese restaurants in major American cities is falling, in part because the children of restaurant owners are “pursuing professional careers that do not demand the same grueling labor as food service.” [New York Times]

–A look behind the shadow economy carved out by can collectors on the streets of New York City. [New York Times]

–What’s the secret to Russ and Daughters’ delicious latkes? Co-owner Niki Russ Federman told all on last weekend’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning. [CBS News]


City View

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Susan Levinson took this photo the other day as the sun set in New York City.

Kim Katzberg Dad in a Box

Kim Katzberg’s “Dad in a Box” Returns for One Night Only at Wild Project

Downtown performer Kim Katzberg brings her multimedia solo play, “Dad in a Box,” to the Wild Project for a one-night-only encore of the award-winning …

477 FDR Drive

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Happening at Community Board 3 in January 2020

We’re shifting into holiday mode, but soon 2020 will be here and it will be time to turn our attention back to Community Board …

Lower East Side Links

–An analysis released by the city shows that the new 14th Street busway is boosting ridership and cutting commuting times without snarling traffic. [Daily News]

–Erica Tishman, a prominent architect, was killed by falling debris in Times Square. She was a longtime board member at the Lower East Side’s Educational Alliance. [Channel 4]

–There’s speculation about when and where Apple will choose to establish an office in New York City. The company reportedly looked at Essex Crossing in the last couple of months. [Bloomberg]

–Robert Sietsema lists his top 10 dishes at the new Essex Market/Market Line and makes a few observations about the glitzy new space: “Yes, a couple of good cheap options remain among the upstairs market stalls, including a fishmonger and a pair of vegetable stands. But at most of the new counters, the average price of goods has soared, and the bargain aspects of the old market have largely vanished.” [Eater]

–The sled dog, Togo, is now a Disney star, but thanks to a monument installed in Seward Park in 2001, Togo was already a local legend. [New York Post]


“Pachinko” and “Crazy Rich Asians” Were Top Library Checkouts on the LES in 2019

At this time each year, the New York Public Library shares the top checkouts systemwide and in branch locations across the city. Let’s take …

When You Have the Williamsburg Bridge All to Yourself


Good morning! Local photographer Daniel Root took this photo of a deserted Williamsburg Bridge.

Lower East Side Links

–Students stage a walkout at Pace High School to protest a lack of sports resources for black and Latino youth. [Daily News]

–NYCHA once again makes the Public Advocate’s list of the worst landlords in New York. [Gothamist]

–Affordable housing advocates launch a campaign to end the 421-a tax break program, calling on New York State to redirect funds to fixing public housing. [Daily News]

–City Council Member Carlina Rivera is proposing legislation to create new city offices to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. She’s also calling out elected officials who are too often seen in an SUV rather than on a bicycle. [Daily News]

–Q & A with Paperboy Prince, a Bushwick rapper and subway entertainer in “a red cape and glittery shorts,” who’s taking on U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez in the June 2020 Democratic Primary. [City & State]

Togo, the sled dog, has new prominence in Seward Park. Photo by Roger Bultot.

Seward Park Facelift is Complete

The Parks Without Borders $6 million dollar facelift at Seward Park has been completed. The project touts lower fences, a new library stone courtyard, an expanded garden, ampitheatre seating and new fitness equipment – not to mention lower fencing around the entire periphery. …

Randalls Pastrami

Randall’s Barbecue Offers New Winter Happy Hour Menu

Randall’s Barbecue (359 Grand St.) is boasting a new happy hour menu featuring $20 beer buckets and $10 cocktails, plus $3 tacos and $5 …