Katz's Deli. Photo by David Sierra.

Turkey With a Side of Pastrami? Katz’s Deli Hosts Thanksgiving Feast

No Thanksgiving plans yet? Katz’s Deli could be your solution. Once again this year, the 128-year-old Lower East Side institution will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving feast (with a few Jewish twists). …





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Steamy Cabbie Calendar Benefits University Settlement

Are you ready to heat up your holiday shopping? The 2017 Taxi Drivers Calendar might be just the ticket. The calendar, showing New York …





Lower East Side Links

–ABS Partners Real Estate and Benenson Funding have purchased the building housing the AMC Loews Theater on 3rd Avenue for $33 million. [Real Deal]

–There’s a deal to restore the 421a tax break, but will Albany do anything about spiraling property taxes? Essex Crossing developer Charlie Bendit is one of those weighing in on the situation. [Commercial Observer]

–Retail rents in New York are starting to drop as numerous spaces sit vacant. [New York Post]

–The Regional Plan Association has come out with a proposal to boost bus and train service in order to compensate for the looming shutdown of the L Train. [Streetsblog]

–Luis Arce Mota, owner of Norfolk Street Mexican restaurant La Contenta, talks about coping in the Trump era. He said: “Mexicans are used to having stupid, immoral presidents and mayors, but it’s deeply disappointing… One of my waitresses started crying when the results came through. She’s only 23, and for her, she doesn’t know what’s going to happen.”  [Grub Street]

–A guy got punched in the face on Essex Street for yelling Donald Trump’s name. [DNA Info]

–There was a ribbon cutting to celebrate the return of the Astor Place Cube. [EV Grieve]

Good Morning!

under the manhattan bridge/alex m. smith

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 | Alex M. Smith took this photo under the Manhattan Bridge, showing the rapidly rising Extell maga-tower on Cherry Street. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 63. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY. | Get The Lo-Down every morning direct to your in-box. Sign up here.

Photo from Council member Mendez's Instagram.

East Village Merchants Association Launches Discount Card

There’s a new way to support local businesses and save money at the same time. …

Photo from Taquitoria's Instagram.

Lower East Side Restaurant Contra Wins a Michelin Star

We also have the rundown of LES restaurants on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. …

Our Local Hawk Enjoys a Late Fall Morning in Corlears Hook Park

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Thanks to Andrea DiFiore, our resident Corlears Hook Park correspodent!

Lower East Side Links

–It’s a tough time to be an immigrant in America. Last night at the Tenement Museum, there was an uplifting event: 15 people were sworn in as new American citizens. Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told them: “Don’t listen to those who say you have to choose between being a proud American and a proud immigrant: You can be both, you must be both.” [Daily News]

–The NYPD hate crimes unit is investigating after a swastika was found on the building where State Sen. Brad Hoylman lives. [Channel 7]

–A company that makes puppets was almost forced out of business by a workman’s comp snafu. [Channel 7]

–The acclaimed Lower East Side restaurant, Contra, has won a star from Michelin. [Eater]

–New York Cares launched its 28th annual coat drive at the Bowery Mission. [Channel 7]

Good Morning!

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Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on the Lower East Side a few weeks ago. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 63. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY. | Get The Lo-Down every morning direct to your in-box. Sign up here.

Nike's restricted access celebration at the Stanton Street courts last week.

Council Member Mendez Vents at Parks Department Over Lack of Community Engagement

Last week’s Nike event at Sara D. Roosevelt Park is only the latest example, Mendez and CB3 members say. …

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Lower East Side Activist Carmen Pabon Dies at the Age of 94

Carmen Pabon, a beloved Lower East Side community activist, has died at the age of 94. According to a news release from City Council member Rosie Mendez, Pabon passed away Saturday night surrounded by loved ones. …

104 Bayard St., August 2016.

Lalo Opens in Former Winnie’s Space in Chinatown on Thursday

The new creative Mexican American spot from the chef at El Rey is opening for dinner Thursday night. Lalo is taking over the space occupied for almost three decades by Winnie’s, the beloved former karaoke bar at 104 Bayard St. …

Lower East Side Links

–Extell Development “hopes that sensational views will help overcome a so-so location” at its 80-story mega-tower in the Two Bridges area. The company’s president, Gary Barnett, tried to sell the Times on a neighborhood that is “totally different” than it was in his youth. Barnett grew up on Pike Street. Extell says about 80 of 815 condo units have sold. [New York Times]

–Legendary Lower East Side activist and poet Carmen Pabon has died. Recently a community garden on Avenue C was named for her. [The Villager]

–The city is trying hard to keep people from clamping “love locks” to sections of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s not working so well. [New York Times]

–McSorley’s reopned yesterday afternoon after being shuttered by the health department. [EV Grieve]

Happening Tonight: Community Board 3’s transportation committee meets to consider a bus permit for Yep Tours, the rogue intercity operator that’s been flouting the law on Pike Street for a few years. 59 East 4th St.; 6:30 p.m.

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Good Morning!

east houston and ludlow

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 | Joel Raskin took this photo a few days ago on East Houston Street. | Weather: The rain will continue until at least midday before we see clearing late tonight. Expect a high in the mid-50s. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY. | Get The Lo-Down every morning direct to your in-box. Sign up here.