Lower East Side Links

- Two “Manhattan millennials” plan to protest an annual Chinese dog eating festival held in China’s southern Yulin province by bringing nearly a dozen dogs to Chinatown today and plastering the area with purple anti-animal abuse ribbons.  [NYPost]

– In Sarah Larson’s review of the controversial Hotel Indigo bar, Mr. Purple, she says, “If you go, raise a glass of decent whiskey to another local icon: the Luna Lounge, the shabby and wonderful bar, formerly at this location, that doesn’t live here anymore.” Also, the drinks are pricey and mediocre. [NewYorker]

– The NY State Assembly passed a pension forfeiture measure (again) that will strip the pensions of any lawmaker convicted of a felony related to their public office. The measure gained traction after last year’s convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. [timesunion]

– Owner Aby Rosen will have all the graffiti scrubbed of the Germania Bank Builiding (190 Bowery) this weekend, except for one longstanding piece by NEKST, a graffiti artist who died several years ago. [MassAppeal]

– Angry Community Board members want a better proposal for the new building slated for the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on 14th Street. Developers “are lobbying to receive a zoning variance for a 12-story building — four more than the area’s zoning allows.” [EVGrieve]

– City Comptroller Scott Stringer looks to be getting serious about running against Mayor Bill de Blasio in next year’s primary. [NYMag]





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Woman carrying her big kitty, on Allen and Delancey by Pat Arnow.

Woman carrying her big kitty, on Allen and Delancey by Pat Arnow.

Friday, June 17, 2016 | This photo is from Pat Arnow: “Woman carrying her big kitty,” on Allen at Delancey. | Weather: Partly cloudy and mild today with a high of 76℉ | 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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Essex Street Market Dresses Up Exterior With Mural by Gera Lozano

The 76 year old Essex Street Market building received a bright and colorful face lift over the weekend. …

Lower East Side Links

- A classic Orchard Street “old school” shop, New Era Factory Outlet, gets a feature in the Times. Yelpers love it for last minute, low-priced tuxedos.  [NYT]

– Popular podcasters the Bowery Boys release their first book, Adventures in Old New York, next week. Hosts/authors Tom Meyers and Greg Young explore Manhattan, neighborhood by neighborhood. [TONY]

– In his new memoir, Porcelain, Moby looks at what made the late 1980s and early ’90s such fertile ground for an explosion of creativity, and worries it’s no longer possible for young artists in NYC today. [Vox]

– Actress Drea de Matteo (The Sporanos) and other local tenants have filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city in the wake of the deadly East Village gas explosion. [NY Daily News]

– Mayor Bill de Blasio is embarking on a $325 million plan to expand ferry service beginning in 2017. Additional routes to the Lower East Side of Manhattan is slated be added in 2018. [NYT]

Clinton Street Closure. Photos by Sara Brittany Somerset (@BritGeo)

Clinton Street Closed to Traffic Through Friday

Lo-Down contributor Sara Brittany Somerset (@BritGeo) sent us these photos today, noting the traffic coming off the Williamsburg Bridge cannot turn on to Clinton Street, as it is closed this week (above Delancey) due to ongoing construction. …

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 | Here’s a shot of the rectory building at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s brand new instagram feed (@gvshp_nyc). | Weather: Rain showers this morning, cloudy this afternoon, with a high of 72℉ | 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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Juneteenth Celebration in M’Finda Kalunga Garden is Sunday, June 19

Our friends at M’Finda Kalunga Garden are hosting their annual Juneteenth Celebration this Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Sara …

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2016 LES Film Festival Closes With World Premiere of “The Babymooners”

The Lower East Side Film Festival wraps up their 6th annual festival tomorrow with a world premiere screening of The Babymooners, a narrative film about actor and writer Shaina Feinberg’s anxious and surreal journey into motherhood. …

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Photos: Essex Crossing Pours Cement at Site 5

Thanks to local resident Kami Scott for sending along the latest photos of the Essex Crossing construction site 5. These were taken over the …

Lower East Side Links

- Art critic Jerry Saltz has only high praise for LES gallery CANADA and its current exhibit, “Make Painting Great Again,”  but worries for its (and other local galleries) ability to thrive in the dog eat dog world of art fairs.  [Vulture]

– Lower East Side eatery Estela (okay, maybe more like NoLita, but it’s on E. Houston Street) has been recognized as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. They share the honor with only three other NYC restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. [AMNY]

– Patrick Cappiello, operating partner and wine director of New York-based Rebelle and Pearl & Ash restaurants (also a L.E.S. resident) offers his picks of the best “hipster” wineries currently staking their claim on New York restaurants’ wine lists. [The Drinks Biz]

– LES Shakespeare Company, a classical theater company founded last year, will present ANTIGONE later this month. A portion of LES Shakes ticket sales will go to benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. [Broadway World]

– The owners of Russ & Daughters were honored for contributions of past generations and the perpetuation of community and traditions into the future “At Cheers and Shmears to 20 Years.” Mark Russ Federman was the guest speaker. [NJJewishNews]

– Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature announced a change in New York liquor laws that will allow stores and restaurants to sell drinks at 10 a.m. instead of noon. [AMNY]

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Columbia Street (c) 2016 George Cohen

Columbia Street (c) 2016 George Cohen

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | Here’s a shot of the Masaryk Mural on Columbia Street from George Cohen | Weather: Plenty of sunshine today with a high of 85℉| If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Owner-in-Training Mei Lum by Melissa Guerrero

A Conversation With Mei Lum, Part of a New Generation Returning to Revitalize Chinatown

25 year old Mei Lum is the new owner-in-training at one of Chinatown’s oldest shops, Wing on Wo. & Co. Founded by her great grandfather, Walter Eng, the store originated as a “Chinese-Japanese Fancy Goods store” at 13 Mott St. in 1890. It moved nearby, to its current location at 26 Mott St., in 1925. …

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ABC No Rio Debuts Last Exhibit in Legendary Building

Last Friday, ABC No Rio debuted “InFinite Futures” + “The Past Will Be Present,” their last exhibit before the reconstruction of the legendary Rivingston Street venue. …