Lower East Side Links

–The Parks Department is facing criticism for its dealings with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, which is set to lose its composting site in East River Park. [Politico]

–Work permits indicate plans for new condos on the Church of the Nativity and LaSalle sites. [EV Grieve]

–A visit to a beloved local spot, Punjabi Deli, which recently reopened. [Gothamist]

–How pizza shops, including Scarr’s on Orchard Street, are reinventing themselves during COVID-19. [Washington Post]

–Community Board 3’s September meeting agendas. [CB3]

Photo courtesy of the Tenement Museum 2017

Tenement Museum Announces Re-Launch of Walking Tours

As local museums begin to re-open after months of COVID-19 closures, the Tenement Museum has announced a phased re-opening plan… …

Developers' vision of the Two Bridges waterfront with four new mega-towers.

Appeals Court Sides With Two Bridges Developers; Two More Cases Still Pending

A state appeals court ruled this week in favor of developers seeking to build four mega-towers in the Two Bridges area, but construction will not be starting any time soon. This is because two other lawsuits against the projects must be resolved first. …

Twilight at East River Park

East River Park Twilight Leslie Laurence

This shot of a gorgeous twilight sky above East River Park and the Williamsburg Bridge is by Leslie Laurence @leslielaurence. 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.


Silver Begins Serving 6 1/2 Year Prison Term in Otisville

In the past week, former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver began serving a 6 and 1/2 year prison sentence. Back in 2015, he …

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New Museum Plans Sept. 15 Reopening; Union Files Labor Complaint

In the past week, the New Museum announced that it will be reopening, with limited capacity, on Sept. 15.

In accordance with city and …

Lower East Side Links

–A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Phased construction is expected to begin in East River Park next month. [The City]

–City Council member Carlina Rivera demands disciplinary action against a police officer who was seen during an incident in May kneeling on Donni Wright’s neck after he was observed allegedly violating social distancing guidelines. [AM New York]

–State Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou are proposing legislation that would offer  relief to struggling commercial tenants and tax breaks to landlords who work with them to lower rent. [Eater]

–The mayor says he did not turn his back on a Chinatown bakery owner, saying, “…nowadays, everyone wants to be offended by everything… It’s just not fair. That’s not what happened at all.” [Daily News]

–The city is dragging its feet on requests to utilize public space for outdoor learning. “On the Lower East Side, school administrators were told… that they would not get an answer for their plans to use space on public streets until late October — more than a month into fall.” [The City]

–The Lower East Side nonprofit, Vision Urbana, will be getting an upgraded food pantry facility in the NYCHA Seward Park Extension complex, thanks to funding from City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. [Channel 11]

–The owner of a Hester Street boutique is trying to do her part for voter registration. [Vogue]

–The operators of an East Village pandemic party spot are suing the State Liquor Authority after its liquor permit was revoked. [Gothamist]

–Russ & Daughters and Jake Gyllenhaal team up to help independent restaurants. [Forbes]

–The new Clinton Street restaurant, Omar’s Kitchen, is making the best of a bad situation through COVID-19. [Channel 7]

–The former Gem Spa space is now for rent. [EV Grieve]

–A message from the owners of B & H Dairy about the state of restaurants in this neighborhood and all over the city:  “B&H, like many, if not all restaurants, large or small, remains at risk of closing. That is a fact. Anyone who is under the impression that because a restaurant ‘open,’ all is ‘back to normal,’ is not grasping the reality of the pandemic and its consequences.” [Instagram]


Essex Crossing Kicks Off Luxury Leasing, as Rental Market Falters

The developers of the Essex Crossing mega-project recently kicked off leasing for their last large batch of luxury rental apartments.

There are 142 market …

Good Morning Lower East Side

LES Sunrise Chris Castillo

Chris Castillo sent along this gorgeous sunrise this morning, with the note, “Good morning, NYC.” 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.

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Seward Park Library Re-Opens, Announces Community Conversation Programming

Seward Park Library is back open for “grab and go” service to return or pick up your reserved books (holds). Masks are required for entry. Meanwhile their programming is amping up online …

88 Lan Zhou during its previous temporary closure at the height of the pandemic.

88 Lan Zhou Will Be Open at Least a Little Bit Longer

If you’re a fan of 88 Lan Zhou, as we are, you have at least a small reprieve. The Fujianese-style hand-pulled noodle and dumpling spot previously announced it would be closing for good at 40 Bowery. …

Lower East Side Links

–As a Chinatown bakery owner pleads with Bill de Blasio for help, concrete steps to assist struggling local businesses, the mayor turns his back and walks away. [Gothamist]

–An early look at the race to succeed District 1 City Councilwoman Margaret Chin. [Gotham Gazette]

–Remembering Fay Chew Matsuda, a steward of the Chinese American immigrant experience and a driving force behind the Museum of Chinese in America. [New York Times]

–Marking  one month since the brutal murder of Fahim Saleh in his Lower East Side apartment, his sister posts a heartbreaking video and internet tribute. [Medium]

–An argument led to the stabbing of a man near Avenue D and East 5th Street. [Daily News]

–The owners of Plado in the East Village say it’s a matter of survival, but the city is so far refusing to move a Citi Bike station adjacent to the restaurant. [Channel 2]

–Howl! Happening reopens with an exhibit called, “Bringing Back Bowery: Public Art as Protest.” [EV Grieve]

–A roundup of three group shows in Lower East Side galleries that, “speak of the diversity and durability of art, an affirmation that is especially needed after months of inactivity, isolation and uncertainty.” [New York Times]



Hester Street Fair Announces Opening Day

The Hester Street Fair will be up and running “IRL” this Saturday, August 15th, 2020. As with most businesses and venues, it has been …

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Bluestockings Bookstore Finds a New Home on the LES, Continues Fundraising

Bluestockings Bookstore reports, via their Instagram account, that they have found a new home in another Lower East Side location, at 116 Suffolk St., after announcing they would have to move from their longtime home at 172 Allen St. …