Mechanics Alley, October 2018

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David Sierra took this photo in Mechanics Alley over by the Manhattan Bridge.





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Community Event Seeks to “Knit Together Old and New” on Former SPURA Site

A new Trader Joe’s, Target and hundreds of new apartments (some luxury, some below-market rate) are the most obvious signs that the Lower East …





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Police Search For Suspect in Robbery at Delancey Street McDonald’s

The 7th Precinct has released security camera images showing a suspect wanted in a robbery that happened Monday night at the McDonald’s at 114 …

Afternoon Light – Straus Square

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Here’s a shot from Straus Square, taken this past Friday evening.

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LES 5K Revel Run, In Remembrance of Pavel Lempert

Nearly 200 Lower East Siders came together Sunday for the first annual LES 5K Revel Run, which was formed in the memory of Lower East Sider Pavel Lempert, who passed away in August of 2017 at 52 from complications of laryngeal carcinoma. …

Lower East Side Links

–The City Council finally held a hearing yesterday on proposed legislation to give commercial tenants some lease renegotiation rights. Property owners refer to the proposal as commercial rent control. [AM New York]

–The de Blasio Administration testifies in opposition to the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. [New York Post]

–Local elected officials are urging the mayor to jump start negotiations with the owner of the former P.S. 64 building. [Villager]

–The Boys’ Club is pushing through its sale of the Harriman Clubhouse on East 10th Street, setting an Oct. 30 deadline for bids. [EV Grieve]

–Chinatown Arts Week gets underway tomorrow. [Facebook]

Spring Street Stroll

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Good Morning! Joel Raskin took this photo of the graffiti-adorned 190 Bowery (Spring Street), the former Germania Bank Building.

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Crowdsourcing the Grand Opening of Trader Joe’s on Grand Street

From the looks of things, your neighbors took Friday’s opening of Trader Joe’s on Grand Street very seriously. Laurie Gwen Shapiro reports that her …

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Lower East Side Trader Joe’s is Open

Here’s a look inside the new store, which opened this morning at 8am. There was a line to get in, but it wasn’t the …

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Trader Joe’s, 7:15 a.m.

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No line outside the new Trader Joe’s on Grand Street yet! The 30,000 square foot store in the basement of the Essex Crossing building known as “The Rollins” opens this morning at 8 o’clock. We’ll be checking back later today…

Lower East Side Links

–“How a garden for the poor became a playground for the rich.” The residents of a Section 8 building on Stanton Street try to adjust to life in the shadow of the Public Hotel. [New York Times]

–Opponents of three mega-projects in the Two Bridges area came out in force at a City Planning Commission meeting. At least one commissioner seemed skeptical of the developers’ claims that the projects won’t cause substantial displacement of low-income residents. [City Limits]

–If you weren’t one of the 100+ people to testify this week, you have until Oct. 29 to submit written testimony on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. [DCP]

–The mayor’s photo op at the Wald Houses yesterday was meant to show that the city is committed to making sure NYCHA residents don’t go without heat this winter. The PR tour was not a success. [Channel 2]

–On a recent Monday night at Arlene’s Grocery, they tried to summon the ghost of Joey Ramone. [Gothamist]

Developers plan to build on either side of the former Bialystoker Nursing Home building on East Broadway.

Bialystoker Developers Reject Overtures From Seward Park Co-op to Revisit Air Rights Sale

Developers of the former Bialystoker Nursing Home site on East Broadway aren’t interested in a revote at the Seward Park Co-op on the sale of air rights. …

LES Art Week

Inaugural L.E.S. Art Week Kicks off With a Focus on Female Artists

Starting tonight, 24 Lower East Side galleries, all within walking distance of each other, will kick off the inaugural L.E.S. Art Week, featuring exhibits …

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Celebrate Debut of “Round Robin” Trilingual Newspaper Oct. 27

During the summer, there was a mobile art studio set up near the Seward Park Library as part of a community-driven exhibition and public …