Photo from Vintage Thrift's Instagram.

Vintage Thrift in Search of a New Warehouse Space

Photo from Vintage Thrift’s Instagram.

A not-for-profit organization that supports the United Jewish Council of the East Side is on the hunt for a …





Lower East Side Links

–The mayor says he might rethink a contract awarded to Slate Property Group in Brooklyn. Slate is one of the firms that acquired Rivington House. He said yesterday: “We’re going to take a very hard look at that situation. That contract has not been finalized… I think what they did was inappropriate… Anyone who seeks to do business with the city of New York… (and) mislead(s) us needs to know there will be consequences.” [Daily News]

–Commercial leasing takes a tumble as worries about a slump in New York’s economy increase. [Real Deal]

–Cops are looking for a woman who knocked over an 82-year old man in a building on Rivington Street, stealing a gold necklace. [DNA Info]

–“A cheeky Instagram model and artist copped to disorderly conduct Wednesday stemming from a Lower East Side pot arrest.”  In an episode outside 106 Rivington St., Anna Barratt “had made her problems worse by pushing NYPD Police Officer Luis Perez. He said in a criminal complaint that handcuffing her was a two-person job.” [Daily News]

–“Chinatown Fair” reviewed: “The Lost Arcade is an enjoyable and nostalgic portrait of a bygone era and a local institution that has now lost the pungent atmospheric flavor that made it so unique.” [Hollywood Reporter]

–A new bar, VNYL, on 3rd Avenue will feature Long Island ice teas on tap and candied bacon quinoa sushi. [EV Grieve]





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Maureen Cooke with her son, Mark Xavier Lewis.

“My Markie” | A Mother Remembers Her Son (A Tribute to Mark Xavier Lewis)

Until a few days ago, I didn’t know Maureen Cooke well; we had really never talked much… Scrolling through my Facebook feed last week, I stopped at Maureen’s post: “This is the hardest day of my life.” …

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Henry M. Jackson Playground reconstruction

Thursday, August 11, 2016 | Anna Angelidakis sent along this photo from the Henry M. Jackson Playground (Madison & Henry streets), where a $1.7 million reconstruction project is underway. | Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers and a high of 90. A heat advisory has been posted until 8 p.m. | 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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The Living Theater Kicks Off First National Tour in Decades

Our friends at the Living Theatre are hosting an open dress rehearsal tomorrow at University Settlement’s Performance Project in celebration of their upcoming “Know …

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Get Your ID NYC at the MOCA Pop-Up

Starting August 16th, New Yorkers can enroll for a free ID NYC card at the pop-up enrollment center in the Museum of Chinese in America. …

Lower East Side Links

–Four suspects were arrested in an alleged blessing scheme in Chinatown. Cops said “one woman was ripped off of $280,000 and jewelry on Grand Street.”  [Channel 2]

–Red Square, the East Houston Street rental complex, has reportedly been sold for $100 million. [EV Grieve]

–Rivington House co-owner, the Slate Group, faces new controversy over its redevelopment of the Bedford-Union Armory site. Now an investor, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, has also come under fire. [Daily News]

–In an “exclusive” story, WABC-TV touts Don Lee’s plan to reopen Park Row, which has been shut down since 9/11. What the story doesn’t mention: Don Lee is a candidate for the state assembly seat in Lower Manhattan. [Channel 7]

–More on very preliminary planning for an expanded pedestrian and bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge. [Gothamist]

–There’s a new documentary called, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” It’s the story of a Chinatown bank that beat criminal charges. [Chicago Tribune]

–Adventures in urban design: students nationwide imagine an alternative, sustainable future at Essex Crossing. [Curbed]

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broome street

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Lee Brozgol took this photo on Broome Street, in front of the Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with scattered thunderstorms and a high of 84. | 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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Council Member Mendez, Samy Mahfar Face Off Over Zoning Change

255 East Houston St.

Following a victory at the City Planning Commission, developer Samy Mahfar took his battle to rezone a portion of East …

NuBlu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris | Image by Joao M. Nogueira via Flickr

The NuBlu Orchestra Comes to East River Park Bandshell in Tribute to Butch Morris

Tomorrow night’s SummerStage performance features longstanding local favorite, NuBlu Orchestra. The group was born out of the core group of musicians associated with the Lower East Side club on Avenue C of the same name. …

Lower East Side Links

–The city is thinking about an expansion of the severely overcrowded pedestrian/bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge. [New York Times]

–A developer plans to demolish five buildings on East 11th Street to make room for a luxury hotel. The Landmarks Preservation Commission declined a request to protect the historic structures. [EV Grieve]

–Extell Development pulls the plug on another uptown project as questions persist about its ability to finance One Manhattan Square, the 80-story luxury tower now under construction in the Two Bridges area. [The Real Deal]

–One political observer says the worst part of the mayor’s mishandling of the Rivington House matter is, “the sidestepping and stonewalling, the half-truths, untruths, and sophistry,” [Gotham Gazette]

–An Airbnb guest steals belongings worth $5,000 from an apartment on Henry Street. [DNA Info]

–The legendary Camera Club reboots for a new generation on Baxter Street. [Hyperallergic]

–Developer Aby Rosen has a message for Donald Trump. [Real Deal]

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east river sunrise

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | Mark Lewis Glickman captured yesterday’s brilliant East River sunrise. | Weather:  Sunny skies today with a high of 86.| If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.