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Gaia Italian Cafe Announces Last Day at 251 East Houston

Beloved Italian cafe, Gaia, has announced via Facebook that Sunday, July 26th, will be its last day at the restaurant’s current location on Houston …

The Community Fridge at Abrons Arts Center

Reimagining Creative Community in the Time of COVID-19

I recently checked in, over the phone, with Craig T. Peterson, Artistic Director of the Abrons Arts Center, to see how someone used to overseeing a vibrant cultural space that offers performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, is managing …

Evening Glow on the Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge Evening Glow

Mark Nazimova @marknazimova caught some beautiful end-of-a-summer day light as it was hitting the Willilmasburg Bridge.  If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

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Lower East Side Links

–Former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver will be sentenced for a third time Monday. Silver, convicted of public corruption, failed to convince a federal judge that his sentence should be further delayed due to COVID-19. [NY1]

–The race to succeed Margaret Chin is now in full swing. Here are the contenders for the District 1 City Council seat: Gigi Li, Jenny Lam-Low, Maud Maron, Christopher Marte and Denny Salas. [Gotham Gazette]

–The city is expanding the “open streets” initiative to make more room for outdoor dining. Among the new designated blocks: Rivington Street and Canal Street. [Gothamist]

–Another look at Vision Urbana’s efforts to feed the Lower East Side during the COVID-19 crisis. [NY1]

–High praise for MasalaWala, the Essex Street Indian restaurant. [Eater]

–Odessa Restaurant will not be shutting down for good but only closing temporarily for renovations. [Gothamist]

–Saying a final goodbye to Jimmy Webb’s rock ‘n’ roll boutique on Orchard Street. [EV Grieve]


265 East Houston St.

Former Assistant Charged in Murder of Tech Entrepreneur Fahim Saleh

Saturday morning in criminal court in Manhattan, 21-year old Tyrese Devon Haspil was charged with second degree murder, accused in the killing and dismemberment of tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, his former boss. …

Work by graffiti artist KATSU, featured in a new show at The Hole. Photo via  @theholenyc on Instagram.

Lower East Side Art Galleries Tackle Online Openings, Social Distancing and Outdoor Viewing

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, here in New York City, a few gallerists are slowly attempting to re-open, while creatively tackling safety and social distance guidelines. …


Restaurants Improvise to Survive and Step Up Campaign For Bailout

New York’s restaurants are in the midst of a fight for survival. With indoor dining prohibited for the foreseeable future, the situation is dire. …

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Lower East Side Links

–Jesse Malin predicts very few NYC nightlife venues will survive COVID-19 without government intervention: “We need real financial help from the federal government, like they just did in Britain with the $2 billion dollar bailout. The government needs to acknowledge that the arts are essential to our culture, community and growth.” [Rolling Stone]

–A co-owner of Beverly’s, the tiny Essex Street bar, talks about the reasons for closing the space as the COVID-19 crisis drags on. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Residents have been complaining about a growing homeless encampment on Monroe Street. [NY1]

–Real estate developer Jeffrey Wu files for bankruptcy, throwing the fate of several properties into question, including a commercial condo housing Hong Kong Supermarket on Elizabeth Street. [The Real Deal]

–Activists in Chinatown are cheering a short-term victory in their battle to stop a new jail complex, as the city’s financial woes force a postponement of funding to close Rikers Island. [Sing Tao Daily via City Limits]

–More virtual meetings are ahead from Community Board 3 next week. On Tuesday, staff from the Department of Transportation will answer questions about the new rules regarding outdoor dining. And on Thursday, there will be discussion at the Parks/Waterfront committee about the use of the Basketball City as a taxi staging area. [CB3]

–As restaurants fight for survival, new spots are still opening. Robert Sietsema visits Public Village on Essex Street, which is showcasing Dongbei and Sichuan cuisine. [Eater]

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New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents two exciting multi-day Virtual Animation Workshops, taught by acclaimed instructors from the New York Film …


(Photos) Outdoor Dining on the Lower East Side

Both customers and restaurant owners were eager to give outdoor dining a try this week. Some businesses had more elaborate setups than others, and …


Congressional, State Races in Limbo Until Absentee Votes Are Counted

COVID-19 has upended just about everything in our lives. It was no different in New York’s primary election this past Tuesday. Since so many …

Lower East Side Links

–After a January fire, demolition permits have been filed for 70 Mulberry. [New York Yimby]

–Inside the struggle to save artifacts from the Museum of Chinese in America. [Post Magazine]

–Outdoor dining: Pete Wells had trouble finding a table earlier this week on an escursion to the Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–A walk through the Lower East Side on the first day that outdoor dining was allowed. [Business Insider]

–City Council member Carlina Rivera co-authors an op/ed calling for the city to embrace Community Land Trusts. [Gotham Gazette]

–A day in the life of Veselka [Eater]

–Photos from the 26th Annual Drag March. [EV Grieve]


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