Eastwood owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States offering drinks and food at their friendly new "take out" windows.

Coronavirus Update: Staying Open Means Staying Nimble and Creative (UPDATED LIST)

Here’s an update on local spots that are open for pick-up and delivery. We’re also highlighting how some local shops, venues and organizations are staying creative, by adapting their offerings to suit our current “on-line-only” reality: …

Lower East Side Links

–Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che offers to pay rent for one month for 160 residents of the Smith Houses. He grew up in the NYCHA complex and his grandmother recently died of coronavirus. [The New York Times]

–The owner of the Lower East Side’s Hotel Indigo scores a $1.7 million COVID-19 loan from the federal government. [The Real Deal]

–We know the federal Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money and has been a huge disappointment for most small businesses, but the city’s  loan program has also failed the smallest businesses in New York City. [The City]

–“Supply chain issues and staffing shortages specific to the Chinese-American community” help explain why so many Chinese restaurants are completely closed. [Gothamist]

–The pop culture website Uproxx has signed a lease for 3,300 square feet at 161 Bowery. [Commercial Observer]

–Ecological City is going virtual with its annual zero waste pageant. [Next City]

–An anonymous act of kindness from East Village restaurant owners. [EV Grieve]

–Community Board 3’s monthly meeting takes place next week on Zoom. [CB3]

–Trader Joe’s on Grand Street will be closed for cleaning April 24., reopening April 25. [Trader Joe’s]


Lower East Side Restaurants and Bars Crowdfunding to Support Their Employees

We all know our local restaurants are facing a desperate situation as shelter-in-place orders remain in effect. Many of our readers are continuing to …

Jimmy Webb outside his Orchard Street store in 2018 with musician Keith Patchel and LES documentarian Clayton Patterson.

Remembering Jimmy Webb

Tributes are pouring in from punk rock luminaries and Lower East Side neighbors for Jimmy Webb. The owner of I Need More at 75 Orchard St. and the longtime buyer for Trash & Vaudeville died of cancer earlier this week at the age of 62. …

Lower East Side Rainbow

LES Rainbow by Jennifer Rucker

Thanks for this magical photo taken on the Lower East Side last night by Jennifer Rucker, who wrote: “After a day of terrible rain and wind, the weather clears up in time for the nightly clapping. Something we all look forward to each night. Tonight, we got a little sign of hope.”

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Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors


A local resident sent along these uplifting video clips. The Lo-Down reader noticed Ghanian drummer, Amos Gabia, coming out every evening at 7pm …

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Chinatown Supermarket Accused By City of COVID-19 Price Gouging

The city has been going after habitual price gougers taking advantage of customers during the COVID-19 crisis. This week the mayor the the Department …

A sign on the entry door (at right) at New Kam Man supermarket informs customers that masks must be worn. Photo by Kari Jensen.

Coronavirus Update: Some Local Stores Now Requiring Customers to Wear Masks

As coronavirus lockdown is in full swing in New York, some pharmacies and a few stores in the Lower East Side and Chinatown are requiring that customers wear masks or face coverings. These are just some of the measures retailers are taking to protect staff and customers from COVID-19 spread… …

Lower East Side Links

–Food critic Robert Sietsema tours Chinatown, discovering that a good number of businesses have stayed open to serve the local community. [Eater]

–An overview of grassroots projects to save Chinatown’s restaurants. [Grub Street]

–Here’s a handy food resource guide for the Lower East Side and Chinatown. [NYC Food Policy]

–A Little Italy legend, Moe the Butcher, dies of complications from coronavirus. [Time Out]

–Las’ Lap co-owner Scott Robert Williams talks about weathering the COVID-19 storm. [Coveteur]

–The Lower East Side club, The Box, is facing more lawsuits from former employees. [Page Six]

–A new book tells the history of the Jewish dairy restaurants. [New York Times]

Supermoon Sighting on the Lower East Side

COVID_Supermoon2020Thanks to Dave Bolotsky for sending along this photo of the pink “supermoon” as it was rising across the East River. Last night’s full moon was the largest, or closest to earth in its orbit, that we’ll see  this year.

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Local Collective Creates Initiative to Help With the NYC Medical Gear Shortage

Here’s a local group of a group of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and product managers inspired by Governor Cuomo’s call to action. If you can …

Keeping NYC’s Healthcare Workers in Mind


A sign, draped over the Delancey Street overpass, says it all in these days of COVID-19.  Photo from LES resident Tommy Loeb, who writes: “Thank You from Lower East Side Community.”


Burglary at Grand Street Settlement’s Rutgers Community Center

Unfortunate news from our friends at Grand Street Settlement: Here is a media alert about a burglary that took place at Grand St. Settlement’s …

Clap Because We Care Coronavirus

7pm on the Lower East Side, “Clap Because We Care”

New York City residents hunkered down at home are honoring the health care and essential workers who are on the front lines, during this …

Lower East Side Links

–Laundromats are essential, but many of them, including Delancey Laundromat on the Lower East Side, have chosen to shutter. [The City]

— The New Museum has furloughed 41 members up its 150 person staff. [Artforum]

–A virtual visit with the Lower East Side’s Clayton Patterson and Elsa Rensaa as they endure the social isolation brought on by COVID-19. [NY1]

–State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou says the new state budget falls far short of her community’s expectations. [YouTube]

–After losing one more appeal, Sheldon Silver will be sentenced June 25 for a kickback scheme involving real estate developers. [Daily News]

–“First to feel COVID-19’s impact, Chinatown is first to deliver aid for small businesses. [Next City]

–Community Board 3’s April meetings, live via Zoom. [CB3]

–The Clinton Street club, Caveat, is learning all about the perils and promise of live comedy shows on Zoom. [The New Yorker]

–A plug for the freshly ground horseradish for Passover from the Pickle Guys, but you better hurry. The Lower East Side shop will be closing for awhile after April 7. [New York Times, Instagram]

–After closing for a few days, Odessa on Avenue A is back open. [EV Grieve]