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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of Manny Cantor Center

Plant-Based Cuisine Pops Up; Young’s Restaurant is a Work in Progress

An April pop-up dinner at the Bowery Station sold out  both nights.

Young’s set up shop at The Old Bowery Station in March; it returns May 1-3.

One night last month, eager diners jostled for space at a hot new Lower East Side restaurant called Young’s. The frenzied chef stirred hot sauce pans while supervising the dessert prep nearby. The maitre d’ welcomed guests at the front door, answering rapid-fire questions from the waitstaff and soothing a couple who wanted a different table at the same time. Bloggers clicked their phone cameras, Tweeting and Instagramming.

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Emergency Preparedness Workshop Offered Tomorrow

Morning Reads: Senior Rent Freeze Proposal, SPURA & the Jews, Amar’e Stoudemire Scores For Henry Street

Council member Margaret Chin introduces legislation that would freeze the rent of more seniors (Crain’s).

The Republican co-chair of the governor’s disbanded ethics panel fumes about its demise, complaining that Sheldon Silver had  “the audacity to call the Moreland Commission a fishing expedition.” (Capital).

What role did Jews really play in blocking the redevelopment of SPURA? Activist Sam Stein offers a history lesson (Zeek/The Forward).

A local resident would really like someone to fix those street lights on East Houston (EV Grieve).

Amar’e Stoudemire paid $17,000 at an auction benefiting Henry Street Settlement for a visit to a winery in France (Post).

Good Morning!

A view of the Seward Park Library and the cooperatives from the top of the Manny Cantor Center.

A view of the Seward Park Library and the cooperatives from the top of the Manny Cantor Center.

We’ll see a few showers today with a high of 67. Partly cloudy tomorrow and 65. Sunday, partly cloudy with a high of 62.

Enjoy your weekend!


400 Grand St.

City Finally Agrees to Give 400 Grand St. Tenants Priority at Essex Crossing

Morning Reads: NYCHA Wants Senior Downsizing, “Die In” on Grand Street, Pearl Paint Building

NYCHA is threatening thousands of seniors with eviction if they refuse to move to smaller apartments (Daily News).

Gary Barnett is angling for a Pathmark site in East Harlem in a move that sounds rather familiar on the Lower East Side (Daily News).

“Chalk-outlined protesters lay on the sidewalk draped with signs bearing a blood-red hand and the hash tag #KilledByAlbany during a ‘die-in’ on Grand Street in Manhattan, across from state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s home.” (Daily News)

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez says the Republican budget proposal would cost New Yorkers jobs (NY1).

Pearl Paint’s building is listed for sale (Daily News).

An effort to save “A Gathering of Tribes” has failed (EV Grieve).

On one winter night, the diverse crowd at “Leave Rochelle Out of It,” included “lithe gay men in cardigans and their female model friends in much less, singing alongside bearded bros to Guns n’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” (NYT)

Good Morning!

Essex Street. Photo by Benjamin Nava.

Essex Street. Photo by Benjamin Nava.

Sunny skies today with a high of 59.

Lots of interesting stuff on our Calendar this week. Check it out here.

400 Grand Street.

Essex Crossing Developers File Pre-Demolition Documents For 400-402 Grand St.

Mission Chinese, 154 Orchard St.

LES Bites: Mission Chinese For Rent, Big Names at wd~50, Azul Closes, Jungle Birds Abound

Gale Brewer with online reporters in her office.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Outlines Priorities

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Retail Churn on the Lower East Side: Checking in On Five Orchard Street Businesses

Morning Reads: Ferry Accident Report, Pre-K Seats, Parkour Daredevils

Federal investigators say errors by the captain and faulty boat design led to the ferry accident on the East River last year (NYT).

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is concerned about the way Pre-K seats are going to be distributed; demand is expected to be highest on te LES and in Chinatown, among other downtown neighborhoods (Daily News).

The Landmarks Commission approves the design of a new hotel next to the Merchant’s House Museum (Curbed).

Checking in on Alphabet Plaza (EV Grieve).

Never mind the stunt at 1 World Trade Center; parkour is a fitness sensation playing out at many locations throughout the Lower East Side (WSJ).

Good Morning!

Tompkins Square Park.

Tompkins Square Park.

Sunny and breezy today with a high of 60.


The cheeseburger and fries are classic diner style, served with creamy slaw and a half-sour pickle.

Follow-Up: Comfort Diner Owner Details Plans for Grand Street

Previewing the restaurant that’s coming to 399 Grand St. …