Indulge in a Sake Tasting and Food Pairing This Tuesday, Sponsored by Char Sue

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, join us at Char Sue for our first ever Sake Tasting & Food Pairing event!

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Stop ‘N’ Swap Comes to Columbus Park on Sunday

Coming up on Sunday in Chinatown, Grow NYC is hosting one of its Stop ‘N’ Swap events. …

Lower East Side Links

–Halpern Real Estate Ventures and SMA Equities close on their sale of 331 East Houston St., a residential building. The sales price was $62 million. The project was developed several years ago for a little over $50 million. [Commercial Observer]

–A watchdog group says NYCHA is in no way prepared for the Trump administration’s assault on public housing. [Daily News]

–It’s not all that easy for artists to live on the Lower East Side these days. A new study shows that there were 2,413 artists living in the neighborhood in 2015, as opposed to 2,909 in the year 2000. look out Bushwick, your days are numbered. [Time Out]

–Jake Dell of Katz’s Deli talks about his decision to open up an outpost in Brooklyn, whether he’ll take the concept nationwide and why the family’s decision to sell their air rights makes the business stronger in the long term. [Grub Street]

–Griffin Hansbury, known to you as Jeremiah Moss, lands on the cover of the Village Voice. [The Village Voice]

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Report: William Rapfogel Was Released From Prison in May

William Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, has been released from prison …

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Alan LeNoble took this photo over the weekend on Orchard Street, in front of the Tenement Museum. | Weather: Mostly sunny with a stray afternoon shower possible and a high of 92. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Lower East Side Links

–Cops are looking for a suspect who groped a woman on the L Train last week. [Channel 4]

–The story of the “Lower East Side hoarder” that made the rounds in the past couple of days is, of course not so simple. A resident of the building. located above East Houston Street, offers a fuller picture of what was happening inside the apartment depicted in that tabloid-ready video. [EV Grieve]

–Residents showed up at a community board meeting to complain about 14a bus service, but was the MTA listening? [DNAinfo]

–Public Advocate candidate David Eisenbach says the only hope for saving places like Cup and Saucer is the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, a measure that the mayor and current public advocate supported as candidates but rejected once in office. [Channel 11]

–Local documentary photographers/preservationists James and Karla Murray pay one last visit to Cup & Saucer. [James & Karla Murray Photography]

–A key landlord group, the Rent Stabilization Association, is spending big ahead of this year’s local elections. Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners (part of the Essex Crossing development consortium) has donated $10,000 to one of the association’s political action committees. [The Real Deal]

–NY1 reporter Zack Fink singles out former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara after a federal appeals court threw out Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction. He writes: “Silver was always just east of the line of legality. He knew where to go and where not to, which was why it was so surprising to see him in handcuffs. The problem of course is that Bharara danced on his grave a little early.” [State of Politics]


On the Streets of Chinatown, the Words of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo

You may have seen these placards that went up around the neighborhood in the past several days. They contain the words of Liu Xiaobo, …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Michael Craig took this photo from his vantage point on East Fourth Street, near Avenue D. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with showers possible later in the day and a high of 86. |  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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50-Foot Dome Moved Into Place on Roof of Jarmulowsky Bank Building

Have you noticed the prominent addition to the historic Jarmulowsky Bank Building on Orchard Street?

On Saturday, crews hoisted a giant dome and positioned …

Photo by Shonelle Cooper-Caplan.

Saying Farewell to Cup & Saucer: Classic Luncheonette Closes Today (Updated)

It was a weekend of goodbyes at Cup & Saucer, the great old school luncheonette at 89 Canal St. …

Lower East Side Links

–At Ben Shaoul’s Lower East Side condo project, 196 Orchard St., Compass is out and Douglas Elliman is in. [The Real Deal]

–Peter Blum is opening a gallery at 176 Grand St. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Caught on tape: a seriously disgusting apartment on the Lower East Side. [Daily Mail]

–The mayor doesn’t have much to say about a federal appeals court’s decision to overturn Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction. [New York Post]

–Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou makes a fundraising appeal in light of the turn of events in the Sheldon Silver case. [Daily News]

–Council member David Greenfield, chair of the land use committee, is stepping doen to run the Met Council on Jewish Poverty. [The Real Deal]

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Monday, July 17, 2017 | Here’s a recent street scene from David Sierra. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a few afternoon clouds and a high of 84. | 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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A Chronicler of the Lower East Side: Remembering Historian and Filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman

People have been telling the story of the Lower East Side for generations. Few people have told that story in the past few decades with the passion, insight and generosity of Suzanne Wasserman. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Silver decision shows that Albany’s “Watergate Moment” was much less than advertised.  [New York Times]

–The former Lower East Side lawmaker may have won a legal victory, but he’s still got a big black cloud hanging over him. Ken Lovett writes: “Silver lost his speakership, his long-time lower Manhattan Assembly seat, and his reputation. ‘The goal was not to send this guy to jail,’ said one long-time Silver sympathizer. ‘It was to ruin his life and they did that.'” [Daily News]

–While acknowledging his right to another trial, local Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh says, “What he did was wrong and a betrayal of the people of our state.” [Daily News]

–Legal experts weigh in on Silver’s chances in a second trial. [City & State]

–Columnist Jim Dwyer says Sheldon Silver has, once again, demonstrated his, “genius for leveraging obscurity.” [New York Times]

In other news: 

–Video: Here’s a hard hat tour of the new Essex Street Market space being built as part of the Essex Crossing project. [NY1]

–Residential rents are headed lower but not on the Lower East Side, at least according to one report. [Curbed]

–Two retail condos have been sold at 347 Bowery for $20 million. [The Real Deal]

–A new collaborative model for independent galleries, operating “outside the rarefied atmosphere of the multinational powerhouses and buy-alike collectors,” takes hold on the Lower East Side and elsewhere. [New York Times]

–Departed but not forgotten: Fox News’ Roger Ailes is the subject of a Lower East Side art show. [Artnet News]

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Friday, July 14, 2017 | Here’s a photo James Fuentes took in front of Cup & Saucer several months ago. You only have a few days to visit this Lower East Side classic before it closes. | Weather: Look for rain today and cool temperatures, with a high of only 74. Partly cloudy tomorrow and 88. Sunny and 87 on Sunday. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.