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Hester Street Fair Celebrates LES History Month with “LES Profiles”

In celebration of Lower East Side History Month Hester Street Fair (HSF) is teaming up with The People’s LES, initiated by Downtown Art and …

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Blue Angels over the Williamsburg Bridge. Photo by Rik Moran @rikmoran

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Salute COVID-19 Responders

Thanks to our readers who sent along these great photos and videos of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flyover earlier today. …

Sunrise on the Lower East Side

Sunrise by Susan Levinson

Susan Levinson caught this sunrise on the LES and sent it along.

Lower East Side Links

–The Tenement Museum, largely dependent on ticket sales, is now facing an uncertain future. Its president says, “We’re not earning anything for four months… Any institution has to wonder what it’s going to look like on the other side (of the coronavirus).” [New York Times]

–Several COVID-19 testing sites have opened near NYCHA complexes, including one at Gouverneur Health. [Channel 7]

–Local City Council Member Carlina Rivera is co-sponsoring legislation that would restore and expand the mayor’s short-lived shared streets program to give cooped up residents room to enjoy the outdoors. [NY1]

–Lower East Side restaurant, LES Enfants de Bohème, is profiled in this piece that looks at the frightening prospects for independent New York City restaurants. [Gothamist]

–A look at how Economy Candy is trying to survive the pandemic. [Gothamist]

–Orchard Street’s Lesley Heller Gallery is closing for good. [Hyperallergic]

–Checking on artist Anton van Dalen, a longtime chronicler of the Lower East Side. [Hyperallergic]

–Remembering Jimmy Webb. [The New Yorker]

Frank Arroyo stands in the doorway of Frank's Bike Shop as he helps Jayy Hubbard, whose seatpost is stuck. Photo by Kari Jensen.

Coronavirus Update: Bike Shops Are More Essential Than Ever

It’s been about a month since Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down nonessential businesses, but then failed to include bike shops on the original list of essential workplaces that could stay open. Bike shops were soon added after an outcry from bicycle advocates. Since then, bike shops have been a crucial resource to the city’s two-wheeled commuters, some who cycle to avoid riding subways. …

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Eastwood owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States offering drinks and food at their friendly new "take out" windows.

Coronavirus Update: Staying Open Means Staying Nimble and Creative (UPDATED LIST)

Here’s an update on local spots that are open for pick-up and delivery. We’re also highlighting how some local shops, venues and organizations are staying creative, by adapting their offerings to suit our current “on-line-only” reality: …

Lower East Side Links

–Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che offers to pay rent for one month for 160 residents of the Smith Houses. He grew up in the NYCHA complex and his grandmother recently died of coronavirus. [The New York Times]

–The owner of the Lower East Side’s Hotel Indigo scores a $1.7 million COVID-19 loan from the federal government. [The Real Deal]

–We know the federal Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money and has been a huge disappointment for most small businesses, but the city’s  loan program has also failed the smallest businesses in New York City. [The City]

–“Supply chain issues and staffing shortages specific to the Chinese-American community” help explain why so many Chinese restaurants are completely closed. [Gothamist]

–The pop culture website Uproxx has signed a lease for 3,300 square feet at 161 Bowery. [Commercial Observer]

–Ecological City is going virtual with its annual zero waste pageant. [Next City]

–An anonymous act of kindness from East Village restaurant owners. [EV Grieve]

–Community Board 3’s monthly meeting takes place next week on Zoom. [CB3]

–Trader Joe’s on Grand Street will be closed for cleaning April 24., reopening April 25. [Trader Joe’s]


Lower East Side Restaurants and Bars Crowdfunding to Support Their Employees

We all know our local restaurants are facing a desperate situation as shelter-in-place orders remain in effect. Many of our readers are continuing to …

Jimmy Webb outside his Orchard Street store in 2018 with musician Keith Patchel and LES documentarian Clayton Patterson.

Remembering Jimmy Webb

Tributes are pouring in from punk rock luminaries and Lower East Side neighbors for Jimmy Webb. The owner of I Need More at 75 Orchard St. and the longtime buyer for Trash & Vaudeville died of cancer earlier this week at the age of 62. …

Lower East Side Rainbow

LES Rainbow by Jennifer Rucker

Thanks for this magical photo taken on the Lower East Side last night by Jennifer Rucker, who wrote: “After a day of terrible rain and wind, the weather clears up in time for the nightly clapping. Something we all look forward to each night. Tonight, we got a little sign of hope.”

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Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors


A local resident sent along these uplifting video clips. The Lo-Down reader noticed Ghanian drummer, Amos Gabia, coming out every evening at 7pm …

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Chinatown Supermarket Accused By City of COVID-19 Price Gouging

The city has been going after habitual price gougers taking advantage of customers during the COVID-19 crisis. This week the mayor the the Department …