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Community Invited to Help Clean Up Montgomery Triangle Park on Saturday

The sad, neglected public triangle bordering Montgomery Street, East Broadway and Samuel Dickstein Plaza is about to get some TLC.

A local resident, Fannie …





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Permits Filed For 28-Story Condo Tower Next to Bialystoker Building

Developers have filed permits with the NYC Department of Buildings to put up a 28-story tower next to the former Bialystoker Nursing Hone building …





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Good morning! Here’s a photo submitted by Yenta Laureate.

LES Ecology

Learn About Composting and Tour the Fire Boat House at LES Ecology Center’s Open House

The Lower East Side Ecology Center hosts an open house next Saturday, October 19, at 10:00 am. The gates will be open …

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Learn to Make Sichuanese Food at MOCATalks

Author Fuchsia Dunlop talks about her updated and revised cookbook, “Land of Plenty,” at the Museum of Chinese in America’s MOCATalks series …

Lower East Side Links

–A plan to merge two East Village schools — one diverse, one not — falls apart. [Chalkbeat]

–“An aggressive urban re-engineering experiment — new traffic rules largely banning drivers from a mile-long stretch of 14th street — is proving transformative.” [New York Times]

–A report commissioned by elected officials on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan has been released. [Manhattan BP]

–As New York’s commercial vacancy problem grows worse, the City Council sits on legislation that some advocates believe would give retail tenants a fighting chance of staying in business. [City Limits]

–You probably heard about the pizza slices and the heartfelt not left at the makeshift memorial for the Chinatown murder victims. Now read the story of the Lower East Side pizza man responsible for the gesture. [New York Times]

Henry Street Halloween

Lower East Side Children’s Halloween Costume Parade and Party on Sunday, October 20

Henry Street Settlement co-hosts the second annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade & Party on the Lower East Side on Sunday, October 20, …

Lower East Side Links

–Police and social workers have had a difficult time piecing together the identities and life stories of the four homeless men murdered this past weekend in Chinatown. [New York Times]

–The Bowery Mission will hold a memorial service today (Thursday) at noon for the men. [Medium]

–The Department of Buildings has launched a PR campaign to educate people about illegally converted apartments, after units with 4 1/2 foot high ceilings were discovered on Henry Street. [Patch]

–A $60 million real estate transaction likely means the end of the B Bar on the Bowery and more large-scale development for the East Village. [EV Grieve]

–Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses bought his two bedroom apartment in the Seward Park Co-op in 2003 for $350,000. He’s now listed it for $1.19 million. [New York Post]

–In the style section: The old school clothing shops on Orchard Street can still be a source for “of-the-moment” fashions. [New York Times]

Evening Sky Along the East River

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Here’s a dramatic sky shot at sunset along the East River by @evejosephson.

 

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Join a Free Bird Walk to See Fall Migration This Weekend

Urban Park Rangers offer a free bird walk to track fall migration this Saturday, October 12. Starting in M’finda Kalunga Garden at Hester Street and Forsyth Street at 11:00 a.m., rangers will guide participants …

Left: Kimlau Square a week ago; right: Kimlau Square Sunday, Oct. 8. Photos by Lee Berman.

(Opinion) It’s Long Past Time For Our City to Give the Homeless the Resources and Compassion They Deserve

The following op/ed was written by Lee Berman, a Lower East Side district leader, regarding this past weekend’s shocking murders of four homeless men in Chinatown. …

The Bialystoker Nursing Home’s Next Chapter

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Good morning! Malki Sinensky took this photo of the old Bialystoker Nursing Home on East Broadway, which is being renovated as part of a larger development project. The building is a New York City-protected landmark.

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After Brutal Murders of Homeless Men in Chinatown, Mayor is Urged to Take Bold Action

The horrifying murders of four homeless men in Chinatown early Saturday are generating national news headlines and renewed pleas for a comprehensive strategy to …

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

Revised East River Flood Protection Plans Met With More Local Skepticism

In response to neighborhood opposition to the city’s plans for a flood barrier in East River Park, the de Blasio administration announced more changes in its resiliency schemes this week. …

Lower East Side Links

–The 14th Street busway finally made its debut on Thursday. [AM New York]

–NYC Ferry has been criticized as a waste of money that mostly serves affluent riders. But could steps be taken to make the ferry more accessible to a wider population? One expert observes of the Lower East Side stop, “you literally have to go to the far east side of the city where there’s actually not that much, you have to cross over the FDR Drive, which is not all that attractive, and then go to a dinky slip that is sort of isolated and dark, and doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence or safety.”  [City & State]

–The developers of Essex Crossing have selected a group of artists to paint a huge mural on the side of one of its buildings. [Patch]

–The New Museum has reached an agreement with its new union on a five-year contract. [Artforum]