International Center of Photography at Essex Crossing. Rendering by Moso Studio.

International Center of Photography Confirms Plans to Move Museum & School to Essex Crossing

Now it’s a done deal. Just a few days after sales contracts hit public records, the International Center of Photography (ICP) has confirmed it is moving both its museum and school to Essex Crossing. …

Photos by Alfonso Guerriero.

Tony Danza “Cha Chas” to Little Italy’s Past at Alleva Dairy

There are no movie directors yelling “cut,” or noticeable paparazzi with high-powered lenses in the vicinity. …

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Ai Weiwei Installs Another Art Work — This Time at 248 Bowery

Before the weekend, we put up some photos from the Essex Street Market, where artist/activist Ai Weiwei installed one of the site specific pieces …

Lower East Side Links

–Editorial: Bill de Blasio should begin paying attention to the people who put him in office, even as he heads for certain re-election next month. “Any victory will be Pyrrhic if the very people he claims to champion continue to flee their neighborhoods and their city for want of the boldest action possible to reimagine solutions to the city’s affordable housing crisis.” [Daily News]

–In November, voters will be asked to decide whether judges should have the power to strip pensions from corrupt elected officials. Former state lawmakers, including Sheldon Silver, have been able to keep their pensions after criminal prosecutions. [Times Union]

–Launching today — an organization former State Sen. Daniel Squadron helped create to back progressive candidates for political office nationwide. [BuzzFeed]

–It’s a time of significant change for downtown dance institutions, including at the Abrons Arts Center. [New York Times]

–Another look at the Tenement Museum’s new exhibition, Under One Roof. [City Lab]


The Better Way to Commute From the LES to Midtown, Sponsored by Chariot

Meet Chariot. If you’ve been anywhere near the LES/East Village or Midtown during commuting hours, it’s likely that you have already seen the teal chariots bringing residents to and from work. …

Margaret Chin with supporters in Chinatown.

Chin Campaign Accuses Former Ally, Now a Christopher Marte Backer, of Voter Fraud (Updated)

Leading up to election day on Nov. 7, City Council member Margaret Chin is taking a more assertive approach in fending off opponents for her District 1 seat. …

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Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 | @coquirosendo took this overhead photo of the sukkah at the Seward Park Cooperative. | Weather: Rainy today with windy conditions at times and 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

Original rendering of Essex Crossing/Warhol Museum space.

International Center of Photography Signs Contract For Essex Crossing Spaces

One question still remains just a few months from opening day: Who will occupy a 15,000 square foot cultural space at 242 Broome St.? …


Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” Arrives at the Essex Street Market

The artist Ai Weiwei will be making a big impression in New York during the next-week when his enormous citywide art exhibition, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, makes its debut. On the Lower East Side, we’re being treated to a preview. …


Lower East Side Pickle Day 2017 is Coming Up Sunday, Oct. 15

What’s wrong with this photo? Unless pickle impersonators were roaming the Lower East Side a century ago, we think someone’s been having fun with Photoshop. It’s a sure sign that LES Pickle Day is right around the corner. …

Lower East Side Links

–The mayor is coming to the Lower East Side for a town hall meeting next week. These events, of course, have less to do with governing than with election-year politics. [New York Times]

–Christopher Marte makes this week’s “Winners & Losers” list as a winner. “First, he nearly knocked New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin out of office with unexpectedly strong support in the Democratic primary. Now he’s set to run against her again in the general election on the Independence Party line. And all it took was five write-in votes to set up a rematch following what was one of the closest City Council races in September.” [City & State]

–Local activists pushing for height limits in the Two Bridges area to curtail three proposed mega-towers have definitely taken notice of this item. The city has made a deal after powerful neighbors in the area around East 58th Street moved to curb an 800-foot development project. [The Real Deal]

–On Oct. 14, streets will be named in memory of Moises Locón and Nicholas Figueroa, the young victims of the devastating explosion on Second Avenue in 2015. [CM Rosie Mendez]

–Matt Taibbi points out that while DA Cy Vance might have dropped a case against the Trump kids, he went after a Chinatown bank with gusto. [Rolling Stone]

–Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn were on hand for the premiere of their new film, Una, at the Sunshine Cimema. The actors will participate in Q&A after screenings tonight and tomorrow at the Lower East Side theater. [Vogue]

–The Latino Short Film Festival opens at the Clemente today. [Daily News]

–A gallery specializing in Latin American art, Proxyco, will be opening on Suffolk Street. [Art News]

–Here’s a listing of the most popular restaurant in each state. In New York, the selection is Katz’s Deli. [People Magazine]

–Supermoon Bakehouse opens at 120 Rivington St., offering “doughnuts made from brioche dough” and oozing with “creamy fillings” and “jaunty garnishes.” [New York Times]

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Say Grilled Cheese: The Mayor Stops by the Essex Street Market For Lunch

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday handed out awards to “Hometown Heroes in Education” and visited the Emergency Management warehouse in Brooklyn where hurricane supplies for Puerto Rico are being organized. But he also managed to fit in a quick lunch at the Essex Street Market. You gotta eat, right? …

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Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 | Here’s a little youthful exuberance in Grand Street’s Ahearn Park – Photo by Pat Arnow. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with a high of 81. Partly cloudy tomorrow with a high of 80. Clouds on Sunday with occasional rain showers and a high of 82. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY


“America’s First Play” Comes to Fraunces Tavern Museum

Downtown performance company Peculiar Works Project and the Fraunces Tavern Museum are teaming up to bring the first (published) American play, “ANDROBOROS: Villain of the State,” to the historic landmark for its world premier …