Lower East Side Links

–At a public hearing, Lower East Side residents call for more community input into the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan. [Villager]

–At least some small Chinatown landlords think their buildings will fall into the hands of large private equity firms as a result of the new rent law reforms about to be enacted in Albany. [Patch]

–Charlie Bendit of Taconic Investment Partners, one of the Essex Crossing developers, is among those dismayed and alarmed about the pro-tenant legislation prevailing in Albany. [Bisnow]

–Look for the new 14th Street busway July 1. [EV Grieve]

–A new generation of chefs, some established in local restaurants, re-interprets Taiwanese-American cuisine. [New York Times]

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BIRDLINK, a Living Sculpture for Birds, Comes to Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Artist Anina Gerchick unveiled her latest BIRDLINK sculpture in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last Sunday. The living art sculpture made its way here after …

Warm Weather Vibes in Chinatown


Good morning! Here was the scene after the storm cleared out yesterday in Columbus Park.

Lower East Side Links

–After decades in Puerto Rico, Ruth Santiago moved back to the Lower East Side, renting a below-market rate apartment in the Essex Crossing project. [New York Times]

–Two council members, including local rep Carlina Rivera, get behind community land trusts. [City Limits]

–After yesterday’s Midtown chopper crash, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (who reps the Lower East Side among other neighborhoods), is calling for a partial helicopter ban in the skies over Manhattan. [Channel 2]

–Reminder: There’s an important land use meeting tonight on the city’s plan to demolish and rebuild East River Park in the name of resiliency. [The Lo-Down]

–The Manhattan Borough President is holding a public hearing tonight on the borough-based jail plan. It’s another chance to speak out about the mayor’s plan to build a huge new prison in Chinatown. [Facebook]

–The Zabar family has opened a new bakery on Broome Street. [New York Times]

–Tsismis, a Filipino bistro, opens on Orchard Street. [Eater]

Rendering: New Metro Acres Market on Clinton Street. For illustrative purposes only (signage design has not yet been approved).

Fine Fare to Be Replaced With Metro Acres Market

A new grocery, Metro Acres Market, will be replacing the Fine Fare at 175 Clinton St. The space, located between East Broadway and Grand Street, is owned by the Seward Park Cooperative. …

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“The Last Pig” Comes to the Lower East Side Film Festival for Closing Night

Emmy award winning director and producer Allison Argo’s documentary, THE LAST PIG, will screen as the closing night film at the Lower East Side Film …

In Bloom on Allen Street


Good morning , and happy Friday! The flowers on the Allen Street pedestrian mall are looking good.

Rendering shows Two Bridges waterfront with several proposed large-scale buildings. Credit: SHoP Architects.

Residents Win a Round in Court Over Two Bridges Mega-Towers

A big victory in State Supreme Court yesterday for local residents fighting to block four mega-towers in the Two Bridges area. The judge extended a temporary restraining order, …

Lower East Side Links

–A report from the Cooper Square Committee shows that the 2008 rezoning of the East Village/Lower East Side created only 55% of the below-market-rate apartments envisioned by city planners. [Curbed]

–The former director of Extell’s EB-5 Center has accused the high profile real estate developer of fraud. The cash-for-visas program has been used to finance, among other projects, the One Manhattan Square luxury tower on South Street. [The Real Deal]

–The city’s resiliency plan along the East River faces pushback. [Yahoo News]

–Amid rumors that pizza master Anthony Mangieri might once again flee New York City, Pete Wells reconsiders Orchard Street’s Una Pizza Napoletana. [New York Times]

–Gavin Brown’s Enterprise has decided to close its Lower East Side gallery space on Grand Street. [ArtNews]

–The developers of Essex Crossing sponsored an 8-week after school program on the Lower East Side. [Patch]

–Photographers James and Karla Murray are bringing back their workshop series to help locals document “mom-and-pop” businesses. [AM New York]


All Aboard


Passengers wait to board an intercity bus on Pike Street earlier this week.

Rendering: NYC resiliency presentation.

Land Use Hearings For East Side Resiliency Plan Happening This Month

There are a couple of opportunities this month to participate in the public review process for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. As you may know, the city’s plan to protect the Lower East Side from future storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy has been met with heavy criticism. …

Lower East Side Links

–The city is raising prices at municipal parking garages. In the Essex Street parking facility, monthly rates are going up from $300 to $500. [Channel 2]

–Ground floor and basement level food halls are becoming “the weapon of choice” as developers battle for renters in their glitzy new residential projects. Case in point: Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. But in some other large projects across the city, food purveyors have failed to survive, going out of business just a matter of months after opening. [New York Times]

–It’s crunch time in Albany as progressives push for sweeping reforms in New York’s rent laws. [City & State]

–A deliveryman in Chinatown won a $328,000 judgment from his former employer, a restaurant on Hester Street. But after the restaurant changed its name, Cai Shuang Chen was not able to collect wages he says he was owed. [Daily News]

–City Council members want the State Legislature to legalize e-bikes. [AM New York]


Groundbreaking at Seward Park: $6.4 Million Revamp Underway

All smiles this past Friday morning as Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Lower East Side community leaders celebrated the start of a major renovation …

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Shaina Feinberg’s Films Are a Family Affair (Interview)

A lot has happened since Shaina Feinberg’s first feature film, The Babymooners, won the Audience Award at the Lower East Side Film Festival in 2016. Not only is her second feature, Senior Escort Service, slated to kick off this year’s festival on Opening Night, but she’s since made the short film, Shiva, which screened at Tribeca in 2017, and a breakout six-part web series, Dinette, for BRIC TV. …