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Serafina Opens to the Public Today at 98 Rivington St.

The worldwide Serafina restaurant chain has come to the Lower East Side. An opening party was held last night at 98 Rivington St., the …

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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 | Puma Perl took this photo of the East River earlier in the month. Almost looks like a painting, doesn’t it? | Weather: Cloudy today with periods of rain and wind. Look for a high of 61. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY. | Sign up for our daily email here.

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Slate Property Group Attempts Damage Control After Rivington House Mess

Slate Property Group is trying to repair its image in the aftermath of the Rivington House fiasco. The real estate firm’s co-founder , David Schwartz, sat down for an interview with the Real Deal. …

Seward Park basketball courts, November 2016.

CM Chin: Nike Courts Should Not Have Been Put on Fast Track While Other Local Projects Wait

City Council member Margaret Chin wants to know why the renovation of basketball courts at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, paid for by Nike, happened so swiftly while other projects, funded by the Council, have been languishing for years. …

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Murder Victim’s Mom Files Lawsuit, Charging Lax Security at Smith Houses

The New York Post reported over the weekend that the mother of a teen killed at the Alfred E. Smith Houses last year has filed a lawsuit against the city. …

Lower East Side Links

–A hidden camera “investigation” finds the Chinatown counterfeit trade is still thriving, while some say the de Blasio administration has not made enforcement a priority. [Channel 7]

–A look at why former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has not begun serving his prison term. [WNYT]

–The president of the Real Estate Board of New York says Essex Crossing, the large Lower East Side development project, “represents the best of what can happen when the city works together with builders and local stakeholders to strengthen neighborhoods.” [Real Estate Weekly]

–The final chapter is being written for several doomed row houses on East 7th Street. [New York Times]

–A production at the Public Theater recalls the revolutionaries who fought for social justice from their outposts on the Lower East Side and in the South Bronx a half century ago. [New York Times]

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Christmas Trees at the Essex Street Market + Santa Visit Saturday, Dec. 3

The Essex Street Market is going all out for Christmas this year.

Greg’s Trees, one of the city’s oldest Christmas tree vendors, set up …

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Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 | Simonida Subotić took this photo on Essex Street over the holiday weekend. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 53. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY. | Sign up for our daily email here.


(Sponsored) Pre-K Students Hold Community Bake Sale to Benefit Children in Need

Evolution Enrichment Center PreK students recently decided to host a bake sale as a service project to help homeless children on the Lower East …

Hester Street Fair, October 2016.

Hester Street Fair Opens Holiday Market at the Seaport, Looking Forward to Season #8

The Hester Street Fair wrapped its seventh season on the Lower East Side last month. But the gang has big plans for the off-season, beginning with today’s kickoff of the holiday market at the South Street Seaport. …

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Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 | We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Here’s a morning shot from Karina Cherfas, taken earlier this month. | Weather: Cloudy this morning with showers in the afternoon and a high of 54. | 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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We hope you have a great holiday. Today’s photo was taken by Estrella Lasry.

Former board member John Furth, center left, with Executive Director Robert Cordero and other Grand Street board members.

Grand Street Settlement Celebrates Centennial With Gala at Capitale

On Nov. 16, Grand Street Settlement celebrated its 100th anniversary with a gala at Capitale, the event space on the Bowery. …

Lower East Side Links

–A Trump/Pence supporter was arrested after an alleged racist rant and pepper spray incident at a restaurant on East 14th Street. [Gothamist]

–Tenement Museum guides have received new training to deal with an “increase in hostile remarks among visitors about immigrants.” Director of Education Miriam Bader says, “People will now share stronger opinions about whether or not they think immigrants are sort of bleeding (the country), they’re taking too much that other people should have, or they’re taking our jobs.” [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

–Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is very much in the public eye lately. The real estate scion, who is intensely unpopular among his Lower East Side tenants, is partnering with the Educational Alliance for a PR campaign. [Villager]

–A protest was held outside Raphael Toledano’s 12th Street building, where gas service was shut off six months ago. [Bedford & Bowery]

–A look at the established neighborhood that was in place in the Two Bridges area decades before luxury condo developers started building their mega-towers. [City Realty]

–Here’s an update on the new Chrystie Street protected bike lane. The project is nearing completion. [Streetsblog]

–Chef Sandy Dee Hall’s new “burger bomb” at Raw Material on Orchard Street went viral because it looks like, well, an exploding zit. [Bravo]

–The city’s Department of Transportation rails against locks on the Brooklyn Bridge. But how about lox? That’s something the agency can get behind. [Mic]

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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 | Adam Lawrence took this paroramic photo Monday afternoon on Delancey Street. | Weather: Partly cloudy with a high today of 49. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.