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Police Warn of Lower East Side Car Break-Ins

You may have seen the electronic sign on Essex Street: Cops are dealing with a wave of car break-ins on the Lower East Side. …

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volleyball seward park athletic field

Monday, July 18, 2016 | Joshua Wind submitted this photo. It was a blistering weekend for a volleyball tournament at the Seward Park athletic field. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 95 and a slight chance of an afternoon rain storm. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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(Sponsored) LoHo Realty Apartment of the Week


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Followup: City Approves Lowline Proposal For Former Trolley Terminal

Almost five years after they went public with a headline-grabbing plan to create the world’s first underground park in an abandoned trolley station on the Lower East Side, founders of the Lowline have cleared a major hurdle. …

Original Ludlow Guitars sign

Ludlow Guitars Owner Predicts Brighter Future In Brooklyn

Although sorry to leave their Ludlow home, the shop’s owner, Kaan Howell, predicts a prosperous future for his shop and is finding ways to extend its reach beyond sales. …

Lower East Side Links

–A report released yesterday revealed that de Blasio administration officials were warned that Rivington House could fall into the hands of luxury condo developers if deed restrictions were lifted. “The report appeared to contradict statements by Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, who suggested that the city had been duped by Allure Group.” [New York Times]

–De Blasio blames an “old policy” he inherited for the Rivington House debacle. [Observer]

–City Council member Rosie Mendez is pushing for a law clarifying a right that already exists — the right to videotape police officers. [NY1]

–A judge throws out a lawsuit filed by two Lower East Side musicians against Kanye West and Damon Dash over the use of the name, “Loisaidas.” [Daily News]

–Is it time for artists to completely give up on New York City? [Brick Underground]

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(Sponsored) Halstead Property Apartment of the Week


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east river park flowers

Friday, July 15, 2016 | Instagram user @denizsec submitted this photo. The flowers are in full bloom at East River Park. | Weather: A heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today. A mix of sun and clouds expected with a high of 92. Partly cloudy and 91 tomorrow. Mostly sunny and 91 on Sunday. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Richard Tam at the Allen St. location

10 Below Ice Cream Opens on Allen Street Tomorrow

Rolled ice cream is coming to the Lower East Side. Known for its Thai-inspired, hand rolled ice cream prepared on cold metal plates and mixed with a variety of different toppings, 10Below opens a new location tomorrow at 132 Allen St. …

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Rivington House Investigation: No Corruption, But Plenty of Incompetence

The city’s Department of Investigation has found no corruption by the de Blasio administration in its handling of the Rivington House matter. …


Cake Shop is Trying Once Again to Find Business Partners

The Ludlow Street music venue, Cake Shop, has struggled to stay afloat in recent years. Those struggles continue. Here’s the pitch that landed in our in-box a short time ago from co-owner Nick Bodor: …

Lower East Side Links

–The Lowline team must raise $10 million in the next 12 months to fulfill one of the city’s requirements for leasing the underground space to the not-for-profit organization. Co-founder Dan Barasch says, “We’ve had a whole range of potential private donors who said they were interested in contributing, but wondered how viable it was, and if city would get behind it.” Now, the fundraising efforts have received a big boost. [Inc]

–Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen says of the Lowline, ““Anyone who thinks this is about gentrification, it’s not… What’s happening above ground is happening. This is about bringing an acre of open space to a neighborhood starving for it, and they’re starving for it because there’s nowhere to build it anymore. Except now we’ve found somewhere.” [New York Magazine]

(We’ll have a full report from last night’s community board meeting later today, with more details about the Lowline’s agreement with the city and comments from those opposed to the project. The Lo-Down first reported this story last night at 6:30 p.m.)

–Five Brooklyn bodegas were raided yesterday following a wave of K2 overdoes. A supervisor at the Bowery Mission said K2 was a problem around the Lower East Side homeless shelter this past winter before the organization changed its policies to minimize people gathering outside. [New York Times]

–Two Orchard Street restaurants were burglarized. [DNA Info]

–The Bowery Market opens today. [EV Grieve]

–Albert Trummer (yes, the guy who likes to light drinks on fire) has opened a bar called Sanatorium on Avenue B. [New York Times]

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Average Condo Sale Price Drops on LES, Increases Citywide

While the average sale price of a condo unit on the Lower East Side plummeted between the first and second quarters of 2016, it rose citywide during the same period, according to a Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) report released this week. …

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eldridge and canal

Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Here’s a recent shot from the corner of Eldridge and Canal streets, in the late afternoon, after Cup & Saucer closed for the day. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning, followed by afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 89. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Lowline rendering by James Ramsey.

Breaking: Lowline Underground Park Proposal Wins City Approval

New York City officials tonight are announcing the initial approval of the Lowline underground park proposal in an abandoned former trolley site below Delancey Street. …