Lower East Side Links

–The Lowline team must raise $10 million in the next 12 months to fulfill one of the city’s requirements for leasing the underground space to the not-for-profit organization. Co-founder Dan Barasch says, “We’ve had a whole range of potential private donors who said they were interested in contributing, but wondered how viable it was, and if city would get behind it.” Now, the fundraising efforts have received a big boost. [Inc]

–Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen says of the Lowline, ““Anyone who thinks this is about gentrification, it’s not… What’s happening above ground is happening. This is about bringing an acre of open space to a neighborhood starving for it, and they’re starving for it because there’s nowhere to build it anymore. Except now we’ve found somewhere.” [New York Magazine]

(We’ll have a full report from last night’s community board meeting later today, with more details about the Lowline’s agreement with the city and comments from those opposed to the project. The Lo-Down first reported this story last night at 6:30 p.m.)

–Five Brooklyn bodegas were raided yesterday following a wave of K2 overdoes. A supervisor at the Bowery Mission said K2 was a problem around the Lower East Side homeless shelter this past winter before the organization changed its policies to minimize people gathering outside. [New York Times]

–Two Orchard Street restaurants were burglarized. [DNA Info]

–The Bowery Market opens today. [EV Grieve]

–Albert Trummer (yes, the guy who likes to light drinks on fire) has opened a bar called Sanatorium on Avenue B. [New York Times]

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Average Condo Sale Price Drops on LES, Increases Citywide

While the average sale price of a condo unit on the Lower East Side plummeted between the first and second quarters of 2016, it rose citywide during the same period, according to a Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) report released this week. …

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eldridge and canal

Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Here’s a recent shot from the corner of Eldridge and Canal streets, in the late afternoon, after Cup & Saucer closed for the day. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning, followed by afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 89. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Lowline rendering by James Ramsey.

Breaking: Lowline Underground Park Proposal Wins City Approval

New York City officials tonight are announcing the initial approval of the Lowline underground park proposal in an abandoned former trolley site below Delancey Street. …


Hester Street Fair Hosts an Ice Cream Social on Saturday

If you’ve looked ahead to the weekend weather forecast, you already know we’re going to see 90 degrees on Saturday. This means the timing …

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A Strong Debut For Seward Park Summer Movie Series

A big, diverse crowd turned out last night to watch The Wizard of Oz in Seward Park. The free event was hosted by the …

Lower East Side Links

–Citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Sheldon Silver’s lawyers file for appeal and ask a judge to allow their client to stay out of prison until the appeals are exhausted. [New York Law Journal]

–An Emmy award-winning filmmaker has acquired the rights to Irving Berlin’s story and plans a television series about the lengendary former Lower East Side resident. [Deadline]

–Mascot Studio, a custom frame and fine art shop, is exiting East 9th Street after 35 years. [EV Grieve]

–Another profile of chef/fashion model Franco Noreiga of Allen Street newcomer Baby Brasa. [Daily Beast]

–A walk through history: Chinatown’s turf wars. [Signature]

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coleman playground

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo under the Manhattan Bridge at Coleman Playground. | Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon showers and a high of 83. | 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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Paul Rudnick Joins Randy Cohen For “Person Place Thing” at the Museum at Eldridge

Next Wednesday at the Museum at Eldridge Street, humorist and Emmy-award winning writer Randy Cohen will host a live taping and talk of Person Place Thing, his radio interview show. …

Community programming at Pier 42, 2015.

$50,000 Allocated For Community Programming at Pier 42

During the past few years, a portion of Pier 42 was used for pop-up arts and cultural events. It was part of a plan by a local coalition known as “Paths to Pier 42″ to reclaim the formerly neglected space near Montgomery Street. …


Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition Fights to Reopen Stanton Street Building

Community organizers hosted a “visioning session” last week, bringing community organizations and LES residents together to brainstorm possible uses for the Stanton Street building, and plan to follow up with a series of workshops – starting tomorrow. …

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Summer Movies in Seward Park: The Wizard of Oz is Tonight

During the summer months, the Seward Park Conservancy, Metrograph Theater and Henry Street Settlement are teaming up for special outdoor screenings. The first one …

Lower East Side Links

–Public Advocate Letitia James withdraws from representing Chinatown tenants due to a dispute with local activist groups. [Daily News]

–Landmark Theaters announces its opening a new movie house in Midtown. Still no word about its endangered Lower East Side venue, Sunshine Cinema. [New York Business Journal]

–Nighcap, the Rivington street cocktail lounge, is moving down the block. [Eater]

–Sweet Chick’s John Seymour: New York’s king of chicken and waffles. [Vibe]

2014 rendering of "Little Cherry LLC's" Two Bridges project.

Dueling “Two Bridges” Plans, Dueling PR Offensives From Developers

Developer Roy Schoenberg is launching an all-out public relations campaign as his battle rages on for control of a Cherry Street building site. …

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grand street sunday

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | John Maher took this photo Sunday evening on Grand Street near FDR Drive. | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a high of 81. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.