Hundreds lined up in Lower Manhattan Sunday, waiting to shop on Century 21's final day before closing permanently. Photo by Kari Jensen

Making the Most of the Final Farewell to Century 21

Contributor Kari Jensen joined the hundreds of New Yorkers and others who shopped the final days at Century 21 this past weekend. Here’s her report. …

World Trade Center Spire Glows During the Day

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Sunlight reflected off the WTC spire created a daytime starlight effect last week. Photo by Rachel Friedland.

Lower East Side Links

–The fire department says faulty wiring in a neighboring building caused the fire that destroyed the historic Middle Collegiate Church. [1010 WINS]

–The mayor refuses to clarify his role in the firing of Ricardo Morales, a central figure in the Rivington House scandal. Morales’ attorney says de Blasio will eventually have to explain himself under oath. [The Daily News]

–What’s happening with the plan to build a new jail in Chinatown? The city has cut a half a billion dollars from its budget to construct new facilities in each borough. [The City]

–Community activists gathered this past week to defend a poster “depicting Council Member Margaret Chin as a rampaging monster.”  [AM New York]

–The Tenement Museum, in a fight for its survival, appoints a new president. Annie Polland, a familiar face at the Lower East Side historical institution, will take over in January. [The Forward]

–Another look at the nation’s Chinatowns in peril as the coronavirus enterers a deadly news phase and vulnerable neighborhoods prepare for a harsh winter. [Bloomberg City Lab]

–Even before the governor pulled the plug on indoor dining this week, some restaurants had already made the decision to close or shift their focus. One example is the Lower East Side restaurant Cervos, which has morphed into a neighborhood market featuring fresh fish, produce and other grocery items. [Eater]

–The beloved toy store, Dinosaur Hill, is closing, and Veselka will be taking over its space. The looming changes offer “glimmers of hope in the ever-evolving East Village.”  [The New York Times]

–Just say no to Amazon! In a roundup of hyperlocal shopping, a little love for two grassroots organizations supporting small businesses in Chinatown: Send Chinatown Love and Welcome to Chinatown. [The New York Times]

–Starting next week, there will be a bike lane detour above 20th Street due to East River flood wall construction. [EV Grieve]


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Morning Commute

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Joel Avery @wait_for_steady_light shared this photo of his morning commute across the Williamsburg Bridge. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

Charles Yu at Chatham Sq

Charles Yu, Author of “Interior Chinatown,” Featured in Conversation at Chatham Square Library

A free conversation and book talk with rising star and recent National Book Award winner, Charles Yu, will be online at Chatham Square Library …

RBG mural on 1st Ave. and 11th St., by street artist @ellestreetart. Photo by @jlovallo.

RBG Mural Soars Above First Avenue and 11th Street

A new mural honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by street artist ELLE, is gaining fans far beyond the Lower East Side. The mural, on the former Obey Giant wall at the corner of 1st Ave. and 11th Street, has become so popular, the street artist is now selling prints …

Photo via Sen. Chuck Schumer's Twitter feed.

Schumer Gets Behind Campaign to Save Arlene’s Grocery and Entertainment Venues Nationwide

CBS’s morning show on Saturday highlighted the plight of the country’s performance venues, who have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. …


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Tips for Traveling Safely on a Charter Bus in New York (Sponsored)

It’s still a good idea to stay home if you can, but at National Charter Bus, we understand that sometimes you need to travel …

Lower East Side Links

–Posters maligning elected officials for the East River resiliency plan have been denounced as racist. [AM New York]

–Remembering Miguel Algarín, the creative force behind the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. [New York Times]

–A fire broke out in an abandoned building Saturday, spreading to Middle Collegiate Church, heavily damaging the historic East Village building. [CBS News]

–The fire also displaced 22 residents of the Women’s Prison Association at Hopper House.  You can help with donations. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor has claimed he was ignorant of his administration’s shenanigans around the Rivington House facility. New court documents cast doubt of those claims. [The Daily News]

–After negotiations with its landlord stalled, Pearl River Mart announces the closure of its flagship store. But the owners say they have secured a new location. [Tribeca Citizen]

–The pandemic pushed Max Fish out of its latest perch, on Orchard Street. But its closure, we hope temporary, has more than a few longtime customers pining for the good old days on Ludlow, where the legendary art bar seemed like the center of the LES universe. [Grub Street]

–Anthony Mangieri says he plans to reopen Una Pizza Napoletana on Orchard Street at a date still to be determined. It’s been closed for the duration of the pandemic. The legendary pizza maker has parted ways with his partners from Contra/Wildair and has new investors. [Resy]

–Traveling through time to rediscover historic Chinatown. [The New York Times]

Photo via @nuyoricanpoetscafe

RIP Miguel Algarin Jr., Founder of Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Longtime Lower East Sider and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Miguel Algarin Jr. has died. He was 79. A poet, playwright, activist and professor who created the famous spoken word salon in his living room on the Lower East Side, Nuyorican Poets Cafe continues to thrive on East 3rd Street …

East Village Arts Festival

Fourth Annual East Village Arts Festival Offers Local Events Online

Tompkins Square Library is hosts the Fourth Annual East Village Arts Festival Friday, December 4 — Saturday, December 12, 2020. As with almost all …

Friends of Corlears Hook Hosts Tree Lighting on Sunday

Corlears Hook Holiday Tree

Friends of Corlears Hook Park announced a holiday tree decorating event for the whole family. They write:

Our holiday tree has arrived. Join us this Sunday from 4-5pm to decorate and light the tree. We will have giveaways for all kids in attendance. Find out more info on our website.

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