Lower East Side Links

–The board at 250 Bowery, the high-end condo building, has filed a lawsuit against the developer and real estate brokerage firm, claiming shoddy construction. [The Real Deal]

–The former home of Lucky Cheng’s and another parcel are on the market for $26 million. [EV Grieve]

–After condos were added on the upper floors, Adas Yisroel Anshe Mezritch Synagogue (on East 6th Street) is set to reopen next month. [Curbed]

–A 20-year-old woman says she was forced into a car at East Broadway and Pike streets by three men and violently attacking before they dumped her at an unknown uptown location. [DNA Info]

–Ben Brantley describes Good Samaritans at the Abrons Arts Center as as, “a concentrated, sugar-free version of the fluffy ‘La La Land.'” [New York Times]

–“Immigration and border politics” were main themes at this year’s avant-garde Acker Awards. [Villager]

–Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson likes to hang out on the Lower East Side. His favorite spots include: Wildair, Mission Chinese, Forgtmenot and Sammy’s Roumanian. [Bravo TV]





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F Train Out of Service For One More Weekend, Including Monday (President’s Day)

Here’s a reminder about this weekend’s F Train shutdown. Once again, there will be no service at the East Broadway, Delancey Street and 2nd …

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skyline looking downtown

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 | Tal Lev took this photo yesterday morning from the Seward Park Co-op. That’s Extell’s massive “One Manhattan Square” project in the distance. | Weather: Sunny today but still windy and a high of 44. Mostly sunny and 58 tomorrow. Partly cloudy with a high of 65 on Sunday. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Assembly member Niou Helps Yeshiva Deal With MTA Bus Issue

145 East Broadway.

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Lower East Side Links

–“A Day Without Immigrants;” lots of restaurants are closed today to protest the Trump administration’s border policies. Among them: Norfolk Street Mexican restaurant La Contenta. [AMNY]

–All of Blue Ribbon’s restaurants, including Blue Ribbon Izakaya on Orchard Street, will be closed. [Eater]

–New statistics show hate crimes are on the rise in New York City. [Politico New York]

–A report from the rally against a developer’s plans for the former P.S. 64. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Resilient Design: The boiler in an East 8th Street affordable building moves from the basement to the penthouse. [New York Times]

–A meeting on the looming L Train shutdown has been rescheduled for March 9. [EV Grieve]

–The school that ate New York: NYU is getting ready to build a huge construction project on Mercer Street. [DNA Info]

–Robert Sietsema reviews Lalo in Chinatown. [Eater]

–Debauchery on the Bowery: a guide to the saloons that lined the notorious block in 1903. [Bowery Boys]

Essex Crossing construction site as seen from Hotel on Rivington, February 2017.

Changes Announced in Essex Crossing Affordable Housing Plan

The developers of Essex Crossing last night announced changes in their plan for the large Lower East Side project, including the addition of 61 affordable apartments and more units for low-income seniors. …

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3 essex st.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 | Ben Meyers noticed something different happening in the former M. Schames paint store at 3 Essex St. What’s going on here? Let us know if you have any idea! | Weather: Mostly cloudy today with winds 20-30 mph and a high of 38. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Bonnie Lucas’s “Smiling Girl,” from 1983, at JTT.

Local Artist Bonnie Lucas’ Show, “Young Lady,” Garners Rave Reviews

The gallery JTT (191 Chrystie St.), is currently presenting “Young Lady,” a solo exhibition of work made by local artist Bonnie Lucas over the last 40 years. …

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Former “Fort Pitt” Firefighter Dies From 9/11-Related Illness

Friends and family gathered on Long Island yesterday to remember a firefighter who worked at Ladder 18 on the Lower East Side for 40 years. …

Lower East Side Links

–It turns out that Matt Restuccia of the right-wing oi band Lonewolf and a member of a white supremacist group known as “211 Crew” was DJ’ing at Clockwork Bar Saturday night. Members of 211 Crew are accused of attacking two Columbia grad students outside the bar. The owner, who earlier this week spoke out against hate groups, says he did not know about Restuccia’s background. The owner, Frank Scotto, said Restuccia is now banned from the bar. Meanwhile, Restuccia spoke out on social media, claiming the incident has been overblown. [Gothamist]

–Governor Cuomo kills the plastic bag fee legislation enacted by the New York City Council. The bill’s sponsors, local Council member Margaret Chin and Brooklyn Council member Brad Lander, said, “We fought plastic bags, and for now, plastic bags won.” [New York Times]

–A tenant with AIDS has filed a lawsuit against an arm of Starrett Development claiming that she was denied a rental subsidy. Starrett is developing one of the huge new residential towers in the Two Bridges area. A spokesperson denied the allegations and said the company does accept applications for rental subsidies. [Daily News]

–Pete Wells awards the new Doyers Street restaurant, Chinese Tuxedo, two stars. Yes there are service problems and not every dish is on target, but he’s generally impressed with the chef’s untraditional take on Chinese cuisine. “On some nights,” he writes, “the crowd is a mix of white people here simply because it’s new, and Chinese families tentatively poking at the fried eggplant and pork dumplings topped with flying fish roe. They look as if they are trying to decide whether this is really Chinese food.” [New York Times]

–Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco Street, “is a standby for people passionate about Thai food, including some of the city’s top chefs.” [New York Times]

–An interview with Simon Hammerstein on the 10 year anniversary of “The Box.” [Cool Hunting]

–Spotted in Eldridge Street club Rumpus Room: “Mike -Hot-Pence,” who is “pro-choice, pro-environment and gay.” [Page Six]

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division street summer

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 | Can you tell we’re thinking of summer? Here’s a warm weather view of Division Street from H. Spencer Young. | Weather: Today we’ll see mostly cloudy skies with afternoon rain showers and windy conditions. Look for a high of 50. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Csablanca is coming to the Metrograph Saturday.

Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Week

Happening in the neighborhood Feb. 14-20. …

Lower East Side Links

–One of the victims in the attack on Essex Street Saturday night spoke with Channel 7 in a phone interview. “I’m completely shocked, and I’m appalled by it,” said one of two brothers beaten up by a white supremacist gang. “I feel like these organizations are sort of being emboldened to come out of the woodwork now,  just because of the general sentiment that’s going on.” [Channel 7]

–The City Council is set to approve legislation curbing  laws that have allowed the NYPD to seize businesses and homes, sometimes for flimsy reasons. The police department has used the existing laws to go after bars on underage drinking charges. [Daily News]

–Neighborhood activists debate whether Bloomberg-era rezonings helped communities or simply caused displacement of longtime residents. [City Limits]

–The founders of the Lowline are preparing to close their temporary lab in the Essex Street Market. On balance, they believe the experiment was a big success. [Next City]

–There was a four-vehicle pileup on East Houston Street. [EV Grieve]

–Reminder: There’s a Valentine’s Day rally and press conference to save the former CHARAS El Bohio, P.S. 64. Facebook Invite.