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Chin, Council Colleagues Launch Hepatitis B Awareness Week





Morning Reads: Restaurants on the Ropes, Preservation Plea, TV Star Candidate

Another look at the escalating commercial rents pushing restaurants out of Manhattan (Epoch Times).

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation wants the city to stop giving property owners early word about landmarking applications (DNAInfo).

Nick Di Iorio, a Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, has been cast in a proposed reality show about unwinnable campaigns (Daily News).

More on the new St. Mark’s Bookshop (Bedford & Bowery).

All about the Between the Seas Festival (EV Grieve).





Good Morning!

High above the Bowery, looking uptown.

High above the Bowery, looking uptown.

Sunny skies today with a high of 87.

katz's sidewalk

Lingering Effects of Water Main Break Impacting Katz’s Deli

Actor Luis Guzman paid a visit to the East River playing fields to check in on the Lady Furies.

Actor Luis Guzman Hangs Out With Lady Furies Softball Team

Photos: New Museum Block Party 2014

Photos by Tim Schreier.

Photos by Tim Schreier.

On Saturday, the New Museum staged its annual block party in and around Sara D. Roosevelt Park. It was an afternoon filled with diverse performances, hands-on projects and workshops. Tim Schreier stopped by to capture some of the day’s images. Click through for more of his photos.

Morning Reads: Speaker Silver’s Legal Fees, St. Mark’s Bookshop 2.0, Chinatown After Dark

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has spent $30,000 from his campaign account for legal fees related to the Vito Lopez lawsuits. Since 2004, he’s used $285,000 from his campaign bank account on legal fees (Daily News).

The city has approved Extell Development’s plan for a 33-story luxury condo on the Upper West Side with a separate “poor door” for low income tenants.  Extell is, of course, planning another luxury project with a separate affordable housing tower on the former LES Pathmark site (Post).

The new St. Mark’s Bookshop is now open on East 3rd Street (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

Photographer Franck Bohbot shoots Chinatown at night (Wired).

Tonight at Hotel Chantelle — David Nelson of the New York Jets, along with teammates Geno Smith and Eric Decker, will be launching a charity to help kids in Haiti (City Guide).

Work begins on the new Mars Bar (EV Grieve).

Good Morning!

At Sunday's volleyball tournament in Seward Park. Photo by Nancy Linn.

At Sunday’s volleyball tournament in Seward Park. Photo by Nancy Linn.

Sunny skies today with a high of 82.

473 FDR Drive

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Delancey Street at Pitt Street.

Stop Signs, Pedestrian Island Coming to Delancey Street at Pitt Street

An Outfit from 7115 by Szeki.

Shop Talk: 7115 Szeki, The Standing Room, Warm and More

An Outfit from 7115 by Szeki.

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

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Mendy's Sheyn Vi Di Levone

Feed Me a Story: Mendy’s Sheyn Vi Di Levone

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 in May here. It’s part of the  FABLES Public Art project produced by FABnyc.

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Morning Reads: BP Station Property Sold, New Buildings Commissioner, Chinatown BID’s Coop Plan

The site of the former BP gas station on 2nd Avenue has been sold for $32 million (Real Deal).

The mayor finally picks a buildings commissioner (Commercial Observer).

The Chinatown BID wants to buy up vacant properties and create a coop to combat high rents crushing local businesses (New America Media).

A restaurant worker is suing his former employer, a dumpling shop on St. Mark’s Place (Post).

Art Review: The New Museum’s exhibition, “Here & Elsewhere,” is praised for “thrillingly” fulfilling the institution’s mandate of “giv(ing) us art we barely knew existed.” (NYT)

Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s star curator, is promoted (Artinfo).

A Tommy Ramone memorial is in the works (EV Grieve).

Vintage photos: Lower East Side kids actually having fun (Bowery Boys).

Good Morning!

Columbus Park courts

Columbus Park. Photo by Viviane Eng/The Lo-Down.

Mostly sunny today with a high of 83. Cloudy and 79 tomorrow. On Sunday, the forecasters say we’ll see morning showers and a high of 76.