Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea Team Bring “Hester Flea” to Lower East Side

The team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea will soon debut a new venture, Hester Flea, on the Lower East Side, in the space …

Photo courtesy of Vision Urbana.

Vision Urbana Concludes Lower East Side Vaccination Pop-Up Campaign

There’s general agreement that community-led vaccination efforts are often the most effective, especially in neighborhoods in which there’s significant skepticism about Covid vaccines. One grassroots vaccination effort was led by the Lower East Side non-profit group, Vision Urbana. …

Lower East Side Links

–It’s been a rough road for the hotel business in the past year but Marriott and the Lightstone Group are preparing to open two new NYC hotels, one located at 145 Bowery. [The Real Deal]

–Philip Chong’s company owns a number of buildings in Chinatown and it opened the Canal Street Market. He says it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happened to treasured neighborhood businesses in the past year. [Grub Street]

–You’ve, no doubt, seen or at least heard of the viral video of the woman in the Essex Street Market who refused to wear a mask and then launched into a racist tirade against a Black employee of Davidovich Bakery. [Channel 4]

–Acclaimed cookbook author Grace Young became an activist during the pandemic, documenting the plight of devastated Chinatown restaurants. Now she’s donating items from her own family’s history to the Smithsonian. [Smithsonian Magazine]

–“Chinatown Beat:” In a new mini-doc, filmmakers follow Henry Chang through the streets of Chinatown, as he pays tribute to Corky Lee and the resilient neighborhood. [The New Yorker]

–As hate crimes continue to rise, Chinatown Block Watch could use a few new members. [Channel 2]

–Remembering Morris Dickstein, the literary critic and scholar, “among the last of the first generation of Jewish public intellectuals reared on the Lower East Side.” [The New York Times]

–Oat milk soft serve? Whipped Urban Dessert Lab is expanding its hours on Orchard Street. [The New York Times]

–Jesse Malin is ready to emerge from the pandemic with a  new album of, “survival and celebration, made during a time with heavy soul-searching, vengeance and gratitude.” [Rolling Stone]

Flying High Over the LES

Flying High Janis Redlich

This photo is by Janis Redlich. Redlich is a painter and photographer who lives in the neighborhood. Send us your Lower East Side photos at: or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Morning Light on The Lower East Side

Morning Light Janis Redlich

This photo is by Janis Redlich. Redlich is a painter and photographer who lives in the neighborhood.

Stanton Street CSA2

Stanton Street CSA Enrollment is Open For the Upcoming Season

The Stanton Street CSA, with distribution at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden on Rivington Street, between Forsyth and Christie, is currently taking members for the …

Sour Mouse Dream in Color

Sour Mouse Hosts “Dream In Color” Art Opening

There’s a fun art opening at Sour Mouse tonight: “Dream in Color” features a collection of artwork by two locally-based street-artists Stephanie Grajales and …

Hester Street Fair file photo.

More From the Seward Park Co-op on Change in Operators for the Hester Street Fair

Here’s a followup on last week’s news about a new direction for the Hester Street Fair. The Seward Park Co-op, which owns the space where the fair has been staged for the past 11 years, has chosen to go with a new operator. …

Spring Sunshine on Canal Street

photo by The Lo-Down

photo by The Lo-Down

Locals were eager to enjoy some sunshine and outdoor seating on Canal Street yesterday.

Lower East Side Links

–There was a big rally at Columbus Park in Chinatown today to show unity against attacks on New York’s Asian community. [1010 WINS]

–The NYPD has stepped up its counter-terror presence in Chinatown and other Asian enclaves in the city after the Atlanta shootings. [Channel 4]

–Asian owned businesses struggle to deal with fear and anxiety as hate crimes and violence escalate. [Eater]

–A profile of Leland Yu who is supporting his Chinatown community through running. [Runner’s World]

–A former city bureaucrat, Ricardo Morales, claims he was fired for raising questions about the de Blasio administration’s shenanigans around Rivington House. But a federal judge tossed his wrongful termination lawsuit. [Daily News]

–New York County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler is giving notorious landlord Steve Croman more time to pay $2 million he still owes tenants. [The Real Deal]

–The new documentary, “Wojnarowicz” is “an electrifying movie experience… a riveting recollection of an artistic eruption amid the crumbling ruins of New York City’s Lower East Side in the late 1970s..” [WBUR]

–A tribute to 52 restaurants that closed during the pandemic, including some on the Lower East Side. [Eater]

Hester Street Fair, October 2016.

Hester Street Fair is Bounced After Seward Park Co-op Goes in a Different Direction

The Hester Street Fair came to the end of its 10-year lease some time ago and now its landlord, the Seward Park Co-op, has decided to go with a different operator in the space alongside Seward Park. …

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Cops Investigate Attack on 66-Year-Old Asian Man as a Hate Crime

Since this morning, Detectives @NYPDHateCrimes have been investigating the following: On March 20, 2021 at 8:55 AM, at 196 Allen St, a …


Five Reasons to Visit Sour Mouse (Sponsored)

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Manhattan is Sour Mouse. A vibrant bar and game hall located just across the street from Essex Market. …

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A Year Later: Covid Restaurant Closures

Two milestones for the battered New York dining industry this coming week. …

Lower East Side Links

–A handful of community activists are talking up a plan to reopen Jing Fong, but the restaurant’s longtime owners say they have nothing to do with the proposal.  [AMNY]

–The loss of the massive Chinese restaurant Jing Fong, “highlights the economic plight of one of the country’s most celebrated immigrant neighborhoods. Chinatown… (which) has been pummeled by the pandemic longer and harder than almost anywhere else in the city.” [The New York Times]

–The Museum of Chinese in America cancels an exhibition showcasing the work of the artist collective Godzilla after 19 members of the group withdrew from the show due to concerns about the museum’s position on the proposed new jail in Chinatown. [Artforum]

–The first resale at 215 Chrystie St. (the residences above the Public Hotel) sold for $18 million, a million bucks less than it went for in 2018. The penthouse unit, “was most recently on the market as a $50,000 a month rental. While this price might seem high for the Lower East Side, one broker familiar with the building said it is quite popular with a certain type of buyer. “People love the Lower East Side and the East Village,” the source said. ‘The grungier the better. It makes them feel alive.'” [New York Post]

–Julian Baczynsk of the East Village Meat Market has died at the age of 98. [EV Grieve]

–The beloved old school lunch counter, Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop has closed, but there are at least faint hopes that it will be revived in some fashion. [Grub Street]

–The San Francisco-based chain, Beloved Cafe, is entering the New York market with an outpost at 196 Allen St. [Commercial Observer]

–Robert Sietsema checks out the new Lower East Side branch of Peppa’s, the Brooklyn-based jerk Chicken specialist. [Eater]