Development and Events Firm Looks to Take Over Allen Street Bathhouse

Correction: This story was modified on 8/15/2017 to reflect that Upsilon Ventures does not currently operate the facilities at Bryant Park.

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A district 1 candidate forum was held in Tribeca earlier this year.

Here’s the Candidate List for the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary

A district 1 candidate forum was held in Tribeca earlier this year.

The basic contours of the Lower East Side’s upcoming City Council campaigns …

Lower East Side Links

–Video: An interview with Daniel Squadron about his decision to quit the state Senate. Speculation about his potential replacement: Reporter Zack Fink floats the names of Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and City Council member Margaret Chin. [NY1]

–“The process to replace (Squadron) involves obscure mechanisms that could empower old allies of Sheldon Silver.” [Crain’s]

–Editorial: “State Sen. Daniel Squadron just made a (decision) that will arrogantly deprive some 300,000 people in his Brooklyn and Manhattan district of a chance to decide who serves them. And deprive who knows how many would-be public servants of the chance to make their case to the voters.” [Daily News]

–“Few doubt (Daniel) Squadron’s intelligence or sincerity. He seemed to always want to do the right thing…. Yet his departure from the legislature is hypocritical, because the very anti-democratic machine forces Squadron railed against will determine who replaces him in Albany.” [Gothamist]

–The Landmarks Preservation Commission approves and expansion of the Anthology Film Archives building. [DNAinfo]

–A partner in the restaurant, Root & Bone, has filed a lawsuit against the chef/owners. [Eater]

–Saying so long to Easternbloc, “New York’s iconic gay dive bar.” [Out]

–The Lower East Side’s 100 Gates Project blows onto Staten Island. [Staten Island Advance]

Photo via City Council member Rosie Mendez's Twitter feed.

City Council Approves 11 Tenant Protection Bills

The City Council yesterday approved 11 bills meant to combat harassment of rent stabilized tenants. …

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 | Andrea DiFiore took this photo of the Williamsburg Bridge at sunset. | Weather: Another near perfect summer day. Mostly sunny with a high of 85. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron on the Lower East Side this past spring.

Followup: Here’s How Squadron’s Senate Seat Will Likely Be Filled

That did not take long. Just hours after State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced his resignation, there are already concerns about the process for selecting his successor. One of those raising concerns is Squadron himself. …

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Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh Announces Candidacy For Squadron’s Senate Seat

Early this morning, State Sen. Daniel Squadron went public with his resignation. Now local Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh has announced he’s running for Squadron’s seat in the 26th Senate District. …


March of the Penguins Comes to Seward Park Tuesday, Aug. 15

There’s more summertime family fun coming up in Seward Park. Next Tuesday, the Metrograph movie theater presents March of the Penguins.

The film starts …

Lower East Side Links

–Opinion: A gondola over the East River to help cope with the looming L Train shutdown is an idea worthy of consideration. [Crain’s]

–Here’s some terrible news. Lam Zhou, the great East Broadway noodle shop, has closed. There’s some hope the owners will find a new location after an apparent rent impasse. []

–Robert Sietsema is excited about Deng Ji on Division Street, a Yunnanese restaurant serving mixian noodles. [Eater]

–The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has added a collection to its online archive, “Carole Teller’s Changing New York.” There are over 500 images from the longtime East Village photographer, documenting the changing neighborhood. [EV Grieve]

–Remembering legendary street photographer Arlene Gottfried. [Time]

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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 | Puma Perl took this photo last night on Madison Street. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 84. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron Announces His Resignation

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who represents the Lower East Side, announced this morning that he’s stepping down. …

Khalid plays Summerstage this coming weekend.

It’s a Big Week For Summerstage at East River Park

Here’s how you know it’s August. There’s a lot to see and hear at East River Park in the coming week. Summerstage kicks off its free Lower East Side productions beginning tomorrow (Wednesday evening). …

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City Disperses Matching Funds to Lower East Side Council Candidates

The Campaign Finance Board last week issued its first public funds payments for City Council candidates. …

Lower East Side Links

–An overview of the campaign for City Council District 1, in which incumbent Margaret Chin faces three rivals who are hitting her hard over development and gentrification issues. “It is unclear whether Chin is vulnerable, and hard to say if having three candidates in the race will split the anti-Chin vote or activate other fractures in the district, like the divide between the east side—where Chin has dominated the voting in her previous two races—or the west, where she has lost.” [City Limits]

–A look at the battle in District 2, currently represented by Council member Rosie Mendez, where close Mendez ally Carlina Rivera is battling a crowded field. [Gotham Gazette]

–Landlord Raphel Toledano seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a building on Second Avenue that he says was “commandeered” by developer Michael Shah. [Commercial Observer]

–Architects will present revised plans for the Anthology Film Archives building at the Landmarks Preservation Commission today. [New York Yimby]

–A man who tried to rob an elderly resident on Pitt Street and threatened to shoot him will serve 11 months in prison. [DNAinfo]

–Action Bronson is headlining Webster Hall’s final show Thursday night. [EV Grieve]

–Yes, it’s August, but there’s still a lot to see at Lower East Side art galleries this month. [The New Yorker]

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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 | David Sierra took this photo under FDR Drive. He titled it, “Go Fly a Kite.” | Weather: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 81. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.