An idealized version of 324 Grand St. as seen on the website of Empire Capital Holdings.

324 Grand St. Repositioned as Short-Term Co-Living Property

For years, 324 Grand St. was an empty development site. A 7-story building went up here in 2014, and sat vacant for many months. Now there’s a new owner and a new creative plan for the property. …

Good Morning!

eldridge street blossoms

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Spring on the Lower East Side: Jacy Ceccarelli  took this photo from her perch at Rivington and Eldridge streets. | Weather: Partly cloudy today with a high of 73. |  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Image: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea.

Happening This Week on the Lower East Side

Events April 11-18. …

Katz's Deli photo by Karla and James Murray.

Capturing Vanishing LES Storefronts With James & Karla Murray

James & Karla Murray, local photographers dedicated to the preservation of NYC storefronts, are preparing to host a workshop series this spring and summer. …

Essex Street Market. Photo courtesy of Feed Me a Story.

“Feed Me a Story” Ends Run in Essex Street Market

This past Sunday we stopped by the Essex Street Market for a farewell brunch hosted by the team behind Feed Me a Story. …

Lower East Side Links

–There’s a meeting tomorrow night to discuss recent burglaries in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

–Capalino + Company, “a controversial lobbyist with ties to the Rivington House debacle,” has been pushing a rezoning initiative in Inwood. One local activist says, “We saw this play out with the Rivington House scandal on the Lower East Side. We will not for one second tolerate (Capalino’s) efforts to manipulate the Inwood rezoning process for the benefit of a luxury developer.” That developer, by the way, is Taconic Investment Partners, one of the Essex Crossing developers. [DNAinfo]

–A chat with Marisa Competello, the flower designer who made a name for herself after partnering with the crew at Dimes Cafe. [New York Magazine]

–Alan Cumming plans to open “Club Cumming,” a new night spot on East 6th Street where Eastern Bloc is now located. [Page Six]

–Inside the New Museum’s 40th Annual Gala. [Vogue]

Good Morning!

full moon east river

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Puma Perl took this photo of last night’s full moon over the East River. | Weather:  It’s going to be crazy warm today. Mostly sunny with a high near 80. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Passengers wait to board a bus run by Yep Tours on Pike Street, 2015.

CB3 Panel Pushes Back Against Yep Lawsuit, Temporary Bus Permit

Community Board 3’s transportation committee last week approved a strongly worded resolution in response to a federal lawsuit by Yep Tours, Inc. against the City of New York. …

Rendering shows four large-scale projects coming to the waterfront in the Two Bridges area.

City Delays Environmental Review Meeting For Two Bridges Area (Updated)

The Department of City Planning today announced that it’s pushing off a public scoping meeting for the upcoming Two Bridges environmental review until May 25 …

Lower East Side Links

–Parishioners at St. Mary’s say their final goodbyes to Father Neil Connolly. In the Bronx and on the Lower East Side, “Father Neil rallied his parishioners to confront their fears — and often landlords and politicians — and lift up their community from poverty, poor housing and ill health.” [New York Times]

–A string of East Village burglaries is described as a “crime wave” that has residents “living in fear.” [New York Post]

–An update on the the 1st Avenue collision last week that sent a bicyclist to the hospital. It looks like she’s going to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, the incident has focused new attention on safety issues in the often cluttered bike lane. [EV Grieve]

–The budget deal approved by the Legislature over the weekend renews a version of the old 421a tax abatement program. Local projects, including Essex Crossing, depend on the program to help finance affordable housing. Some lawmakers, including Sen. Brad Hoylman, say the backroom deal that led to the renewal is mostly about creating luxury housing. [The Real Deal]

–While acknowledging his conviction on federal corruption charges, the governor seems to be missing former Speaker Sheldon Silver in Albany. Andrew Cuomo told a radio host, “he was a longtime Albany pro. He had been speaker for a long time… So he had total control over the conference. They did what he said. Period.” [New York Post]

–Remembering David Peel, “downtown singer and marijuana evangelist.” [New York Times]

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Saturday Night Live Has Some Fun With the LES Tenement Museum

There’s was a starring role for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in this past weekend’s Saturday Night Liv …

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Here’s the City’s Plan For Delancey Street Protected Bike Lanes

A plan to add a two-way protected bike lane on Delancey Street in 2018 was warming received by the transportation committee of Community Board 3 last week. …


Argument Over Subway Seat Led to Hammer Attack on J Train

Police are looking for several suspects in connection with an attack on the J Train Friday night. …

Good Morning!

east river park spring 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017 | It’s beginning to look like spring in East River Park. Happy Passover! The Jewish holiday begins at sundown tonight (7:30 p.m. to be exact). | Weather: It will also feel like spring today. Mostly sunny skies with a high of 73. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

loho apartment of the week

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by LoHo Realty

2-Bedroom Custom-Renovation! …