Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, May 17, 2017.

Teen Accused of Setting Synagogue Fire Released Into Parental Custody

Here’s the latest on the investigation into the destructive fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. …

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seward park butterfly

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | A glimpse of nature via the Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: Another oddly hot day is ahead. Mostly sunny skies with a high of 93. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Masaryk Towers' gate near Pitt Street. may 8.

Masaryk Towers-Grand Street Settlement in Talks; “Informational Rally” Scheduled

Tensions appear to have lessoned somewhat in the past week between Masaryk Towers and at least some of its neighbors. …

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill at the 7th Precinct. Photo courtesy of the 7th Precinct/Mike Mowery.

Police Commissioner Visits 7th Precinct

There was a surprise guest last night at the monthly 7th Precinct Community Council meeting: Police Commissioner James O’Neill. …

Lower East Side Links

–State Sen. Brad Hoylman wants a stay of all tenant cases filed by landlord Steve Croman. [EV Grieve]

–The principal of PS 64 says the mayor’s “parking gift” to NYC teachers will likely lead to widespread abuses. [New York Post]

–The candidates for City Council in District 1 will take part in a debate tonight in Tribeca. [Tribeca Trib]

–The eulogies for Lower East Side mainstay, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, have begun. [Grub Street]

–Tilt, a Lower East Side startup, is attracting a lot of attention with its line of fashionable chef wear. [AM NY}

–DJ Venus X has a new store in Chinatown. [Vogue]

jennifer blumin

Plane Carrying Children, Longtime Partner of Lowline Co-Founder Missing in the Bahamas

Jennifer Blumin. Photo via The Lowline’s Twitter feed.

A small plane carrying the young children and longtime partner of Lowline co-founder James Ramsey is …

Photo by Richard Brennan.

14-Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue (Updated)

A teenager faces arson charges this morning in connection with the devastating fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the Norfolk Street synagogue. …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | The L.I.S.A Project and artist kaNO have teamed up to complete this mural at 79 Rivington St. (at Allen Street). They will be working through tomorrow. | Thanks to Wayne Rada for this photo. | Weather: Are you take the heat? Sunny skies today with a high of 87. There’s an air quality alert in effect until 10 p.m. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Proposed design: Seward Park Library Plaza.

Seward Park Renovation Design Revealed (Presentation)

This afternoon we’re posting the presentation delivered to Community Board 3 last week for the redesign of Seward Park. …

Photo by Rich Caplan.

NYPD Calls Lower East Side Synagogue Fire “Arson”

A top NYPD official said today that the devastating fire at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Sunday is believed to be arson. …

Essex Street Market Block Party 2016.

Happening This Week on the Lower East Side

The weekend is jam-packed with special events in celebration of Lower East Side History Month, and it looks like a sunny spring forecast. So let’s get started! …

beth hamedrash hagadol 5/16

New Photos, Investigation Details: Fire Destroys Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

We just returned from Norfolk Street, where city inspectors are trying to determine the next steps in the aftermath of Sunday night’s horrible fire …

Lower East Side Links

–NYCHA came to the Baruch Houses to talk up a $355 million initiative to fix crumbling buildings. [Channel 11]

–The city has filed a lawsuit against a Lower east Side landlord, alleging that she is running illegal hotel operations out of buildings on Rivington, Ludlow and 14th streets. [New York Post]

–The family of Rosario Dawson is at the center of a controversy on East 13th Street. At stake: an affordable tenement. [EV Grieve]

–It’s opening day for the big new hotel at 50 Bowery. [JDV Hotels]

–A food festival is coming to Pier 36 this weekend [Time Out]

Coming up this morning: The Latest developments in the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol fire investigation.

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essex street seating

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | The Essex Street Market is swinging into warm weather mode and for this coming weekend’s Block Party. |  Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 77. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Schiller's Liquor Bar. Photo by Andrew Kist.

Schiller’s Liquor Bar is Closing in August (Updated)

Schiller’s Liquor Bar. Photo by Andrew Kist.

Schiller’s Liquor Bar, a fixture on Rivington Street for 14 years, is closing in August. An email …