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Man Claiming to Have a Gun Stole Tip Jar From Allen Street Ice Cream Store

There were some scary moments last night inside Soft Swerve, the ice cream store at 85 Allen St. …

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Lower East Side Voices: The Freedom Swimmer

Perspectives on immigration: A Videotaped interview with Chinatown resident Chris Chung. …


Formidable African American Women Celebrated in Bowery Projection Series

Beginning tonight at dusk, the International Center of Photography will be featuring a compelling series of images, projected onto the windows of its museum at 250 Bowery. …

Lower East Side Links

–NYCHA accidently sent eviction letters to residents of the Gompers Houses. [New York Post]

–At a Sunday town hall meeting on the Lower East Side, Comptroller Scott Stringer criticized a flawed city computer system that deprives special needs students of critical services. [Daily News]

–State Sen. Daniel Squadron wants a hearing to explore how the state’s criminal laws would be impacted by Donald trump’s harsh immigration policies. [Daily News]

–Yuh-Line Niou talks about what it’s like succeeding Sheldon Silver as the 65th Assembly District’s representative in Albany. [Gotham Gazette]

–The MTA is expected to approve contracts today for the rehabilitation of the L Train tunnel. The contractors will receive big bonuses if they complete the work in 15 months. [DNAinfo]

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The Mayor’s “Fall Guy” in the Rivington House Fiasco Speaks Out

Ricardo Morales, the former city official who lifted deed restrictions at Rivington House, is talking about his firing. …

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Monday, March 20, 2017 | @joana_m_l took this photo on Crosby Street after the storm. Welcome to the first day of spring! | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 52. That should bring on some melting. | 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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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

Top Floor, 1BR apartment with great light and downtown Manhattan views. …

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District 1 Council Candidates File Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements

There was a filing deadline this week for candidates participating in this year’s city elections, which means we have a few more clues about the shape of the upcoming City Council race in District 1. …

Lower East Side Links

–An off-duty NYPD traffic agent was allegedly drunk and speeding when he crashed on the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday morning. A backseat passenger, Amanda Miner, was killed. She was celebrating her 21st birthday. Miner’s family is heartbroken. [Channel 4]

–Defense attorneys and prosecutors presented arguments in Sheldon Silver’s appeal yesterday. The former Lower East Side assemblyman is hoping his federal corruption conviction will be thrown out. The judges gave no indication when they would rule. [New York Times]

–Recycle-A-Bicycle is leaving its Avenue C location. There are plans to open someplace else on the Lower East Side. [EV Grieve]

–Tomorrow, the Stanton Street Shul invites the public to remember those who perished in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. There will be a traditional kiddush to mark the Yahrtzeit (anniversary) of their passing. [Stanton Street Shul]

–It’s St. Patrick’s Day. That means live blogging from McSorley’s! [Eater]

–Let’s recall the Lower East Side’s Irish roots. [The Lo-Down]

–Contra’s Fabián von Hauske praises the dumpling soup at Wu’s Wonton King. [Thrillist]


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Second Suspect Arrested in Orchard Street Beatdown

Police have now arrested a second suspect in the brutal beating of a Lower East Side resident on Orchard Street one week ago. …

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Friday, March 17, 2017 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day | Joshua Wind took this photo of the area around Essex Street and East Broadway — a little political messaging to end the week. | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a high of 42. We’ll see a mix of rain and snow tomorrow with a high of 41. Snow and windy conditions on Sunday with a high of 31. | 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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Lower East Side Food Notes: Lucky Bee Lunch, Lalo’s Name Change, Brunch at Jimmy’s No. 43

Here’s what’s new in the Lower East Side restaurant world. …

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Seward Park Library Hosts Oral Storytelling Workshop With The Moth

Over the last few months, we’ve been following the Lower East Side Oral History Project that’s being overseen by the Seward Park Library and the Chinatown Legacy Project at the Chatham Square Library. …

Lower East Side Links

–Another look at Gary Barnett’s big gamble on the Lower East Side, where he’s building the 80-story One Manhattan Square condo complex. Real estate industry insiders are divided about the wisdom of such a huge project in uncharted territory on the Lower East Side. [Commercial Observer]

–Sheldon Silver’s lawyers will argue his appeal this morning. [New York Post]

–State and federal prosecutors have announced they will not charge the mayor in fundraising investigations. [New York Times]

–Cops raided Mazaar Lounge on Essex Street after people inside the bar reportedly attacked police officers. [DNAinfo]

–The City Council is looking at enacting new measures to counter Donald Trump’s immigration policies. [Politico New York]