Robert LaValva, founder of the New Amsterdam Market

New Amsterdam Market Calls it Quits (Updated 7/15)

The June 21 market was the last event, founder Robert LaValva said today. …

Morning Reads: Gambling Den Buyer, Bus Stop Shutterbug, Gallery Closure

The previously undisclosed buyer of the East Broadway building siezed in a 2012 gambling raid and sold at auction in March turns out to be clothing designer Alberto Makali. (The Real Deal)

A local photographer is amassing a portfolio of portraits of MTA bus riders around the LES and East Village. (CityLab)

Feature Inc., the art gallery at 131 Allen St., has closed in the wake of the February death of its founder. (Facebook)

Chatting with artist workers at Snack Dragon’s East Village location in advance of its imminent closure due to rising rents. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

Good Morning!

Photo by Lee Brozgol

Photo by Lee Brozgol

Be prepared for gusty winds and heavy rain later today as unsettled weather takes up residence in the city this afternoon through tomorrow night. Look for thunderstorms after lunchtime, with a high around 85 and a severe flood watch in effect.

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A preview of tomorrow's action at Coleman Skatepark under the Manhattan Bridge.

Manhattan’s Best Skateboarders Compete on the LES

A citywide competition kicks off at Coleman Skatepark tomorrow at noon. …


Feed Me A Story: Carmelo’s Sorullitos

We are posting a weekly video installment from “Feed Me a Story,” the project created by multimedia artists Theresa Loong and Laura Nova that was featured last month here. It’s part of the  FABLES Public Art project produced by FABnyc which kicked off in May.


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Shop Talk: GeorgiaNYC, Michele Olivieri and more

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections. …


Essex Crossing Park to Have Play Area, Native Plantings, Abundant Seating

After community feedback, plans for the park on Broome Street are moving toward completion. …

Good Morning!

The fruits of summer at the Stanton Street CSA pickup at Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday.

We’re in for a fine weekend, weather-wise. Today and tomorrow, mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Sunday looks about the same, with just a small chance of thunderstorms. Enjoy!

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Planned for Madison Street: A Microbrewery

Chinatown, now trending: A small brewpub is in the works at 116 Madison St., while another new restaurant eyes a space just down the block. …

Back on Orchard Street: Spur Tree's fish tacos.

LES Bites: Spur Tree Relocates, El Sombrero Renovates, Pop-ups, Fresh Veggie Options

Catching up on the restaurant and nightlife news around the neighborhood. …

Morning Reads: 1928 Library Notice, Art Exhibit of Subway Ads, Tenants and Landlords

An overdue library book notice from 1928, unearthed on Orchard Street, is now on display at the Tenement Museum. (Gothamist)

Decaying subway advertisements as art, now showing at the Mark Miller Gallery. (DNAInfo)

The building at 174 Delancey St. (between Clinton and Attorney streets) has sold for $7.5 million. (NY Real Estate Journal) (Also: Read our story about the building going on the market exactly a year ago.)

In case you ever wanted to know what amNY thinks of the LES, here’s your chance. (amNY)

In the wake of East Village residents organizing against Kushner Companies buyouts, a broader look at landlord/tenant issues in gentrifying areas of the city, including the LES. (NYT)


Good Morning!

Summer on Market Street. Photo by David Sierra

Summer on Market Street. Photo by David Sierra

Today’s weather forecast is a high of 84 and a slight chance of thunderstorms.

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Comfort Diner Begins Construction, Plans Labor Day Opening

Architectural drawings for the renovation of 399 Grand St., the former Noah's Ark Deli.

Architectural drawings for the renovation of 399 Grand St., the former Noah’s Ark Deli.

There’s nothing new to see at 399 Grand St. yet, but the plans are drawn and the permits secured. Any minute now, the demolition of the old Noah’s Ark Deli and the construction of the new Comfort Diner will begin.