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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Stay cool! It’s going to be a blistering hot day. Photo: Seward Park Conservancy. | Weather: We’re looking for a high of 96 with afternoon thunderstorms, just to make the day a little steamier. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival – Sunday on Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street’s Facebook Page.

We’re definitely in the midst of prime outdoor festival season. One of the Lower East Side’s most popular …

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Tramezzini NYC, Venetian Sandwich Specialist, Opens on East Houston Street

If you round the corner from Clinton Street Baking Company, you’ll come upon a new specialty shop called Tramezzini NYC. …

3-5 Essex St., June 2017.

“The Cactus Store” Pops Up at 5 Essex St., Alongside Former Schames Paint Building

It has been seven years since the paint store, M. Schames & Sons, relocated to Delancey Street after its longtime home was destabilized by a neighboring demolition project. …

Lower East Side Links

–The last public engagement workshop for the Lowline underground park project will take place this evening. [Facebook]

–The state controller released a report on NYC noise complaints, saying “(Nightlife) establishments with hundreds of complaints lodged against them faced little or no repercussions.”  [Daily News]

–More details about the sale of those two development parcels where the 2015 Second Avenue explosion took place. The buyer has been identified as Yaniv Shaky Cohen’s Nexus Building Development Group Inc. The seller, Maria Hrynenko, is awaiting trial on manslaughter charges. [New York Post]

–The Lenin statue returns to the Lower East Side. [EV Grieve]

–A former top aid to Sheldon Silver has been appointed by Speaker Carl Heastie to serve on the state ethics board. [Daily News]

–An interview with the director of the documentary film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which tells the story of the failed prosecution of a Chinatown community bank. [PBS Newshour]

–Rami Malek and his buddies from Mr. Robot were at the Metrograph theater last week for a roundtable discussion ahead of season 3 of the USA series, which debuts in the fall. [Daily News]

–It’s Ladies’ Night at the Lower East Side Film Festival [LESFF]

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Monday, June 12, 2017 | Early June colors in East River Park – Photo by Andrea DiFiore. | Weather: Our heat wave continues. Look for a bright, sunny day with a high of 94. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

Quiet apartment with balcony in the East River cooperative, looking out over the co-op’s tree-lined private park & Corlears Hook Park with seasonal peeks at the East River beyond. …

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Saturday at P.S. 110: “Lower Eats Side”

Here’s the scoop from P.S. 110:

The Lower East Side’s historic Public School 110 (Florence Nightingale School) will hold an international food festival, …

Street art by Claw Money

(Sponsored) Essex Crossing Hosts Street Artist Scavenger Hunt

Win original works of art by local street artists Sonni, Claw Money, Hanksy, and Lexi Bella in the Essex Crossing scavenger hunt! Each artist will leave their tags inside Sites 1, 2, 5, and 6. If you are able to spot and photograph all 16 tags… …

Lower East Side Links

–Penn South Capital, Conway Capital and Rudd Realty Management snapped up 101-103 Stanton St., a 14-unit tenement building, for $12.9 million. Only four of the apartments remain rent stabilized. The market rate units are empty. [Commercial Observer]

–The Second Avenue explosion sites have been sold. [EV Grieve]

–An opinion writer asks, “Did everyone forget that (Bowery wall muralist) David Choe openly bragged about raping a woman a few years ago? Does that not matter at all?” [Hyperallergic]

–Cops from the 9th Precinct had quite a time with Santiago Ogarrio, a guy who stripped down on East Houston Street yesterday morning and proclaimed, “everyone should be naked!” [DNAinfo]

–“There are a few annual occurrences at the state Capitol you can set your clock to. The budget deadline will be here (ready or not) on April 1. Lawmakers will cram copious amounts of work into the final days of session. And Sen. Daniel Squadron will sing* on the Senate floor.” [Times Union]

–The Lower East Side Film Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Home Alone II tonight at midnight, at the Sunshine Cinema. There’s a “Christmas Party” to get you in the mood, complete with free pizza and beer. [Facebook]

–It’s all about chicken at Bep Ga, a tiny new Vietnamese spot on the edge of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. [New York Times]

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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property


Very desirable mint corner unit with both northern & eastern exposures, East River, and midtown skyline views! Spacious …

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Friday, June 9, 2017 | Local photographers James and Karla Murray took this photo the other day at Yonah Schimmel. Their rescue dog, Hudson, pressed his nose to the glass before selecting the perfect knish. | Weather: The heat is on. Partly cloudy today with a high of 81. Partly cloudy Saturday with the possibility of afternoon rain and a high of 87. Sunny and 95 on Sunday. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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NYU Furman Center Report: State of the Lower East Side

The NYU Furman Center is out with its annual report, “State of New York City’s Housing & Neighborhoods.” …

145 Clinton St. Essex Crossing Site 5.

93,361 Applications Received For First 104 Affordable Apartments at Essex Crossing

A lot of people apparently want to live in an apartment at Essex Crossing, the large mixed-use project now under construction in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. …

Lower East Side Links

–The Hotel Indigo on Ludlow Street has been put up for sale. Insiders speculate the property could go for around $176 million. [Commercial Observer]

–A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 50 years-life for the murder of an aspiring rapper on Avenue D in 2014. [DNAinfo]

–A new study prepared by Hunter graduate students for the Lower East Side Dwellers neighborhood association finds “Hell Square” is “an alarming hotbed for crime.” [New York Post]

–The FDNY says the fire at Artichoke Pizza on East 14th Street was an accident. [EV Grieve]

–In District 1 on the Lower East Side, school choice has not led to desegregation. “White families largely cluster in a handful of schools with a progressive bent. A school with a Mandarin-English dual language program is 71 percent Asian. At four of the district’s 16 elementary schools, at least 90 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. Those schools lag far behind the district average in performance.” [New York Times]

–Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown is prompting some people to opt out of the federal food stamps program. One of them is an undocumented immigrant living on the Lower East Side, who utilized the program to support her teenage daughter, a U.S. citizen. [Associated Press]

–Halsey put on a “secret” performance for her fans at the Angel Orsensanz Center. [Obsever]