Lower East Side Links

–The city is claiming immunity in a $17 million lawsuit filed by victims of the 2nd Avenue explosion. [New York Post]

–The Howard Hughes Corp. has, at least for the moment, scaled down its ambitions in the Seaport area. Community opposition to a giant skyscraper is one reason why. [Real Deal]

–Statistics show that Lower Manhattan has been hit the hardest by the closure of nursing homes. [DNA Info]

–A hearing has been scheduled for Council member Rosie Mendez’s bill that would ban the use of, “wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement.” [Daily News]

–The city is looking at doubling the number of food vendor permits it issues. [New York Times]


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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | Andrea DiFiore took this photo the other day along the East River. | Weather: It’s starting out chilly but we’ll see sunny skies today with a high of 66. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


104-Year-old Pauline Kossar Visits Lower East Side Bialy Bakery

Here’s a photo sent along by the team of Kossar’s Bialys. During the weekend, 104-year-old Pauline Kossar of Miami, Florida stopped by the Grand …

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“Cooking With Granny” Comes to Essex Street Market

Later this month, the Essex Street Market is launching a live cooking program called “Fresh Bites.” The first edition will feature the popular web …

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National Coming Out Day Event Takes Place at Theater For the New City

Tomorrow night at the Theater for the New City on 1st Avenue, Council member Rosie Mendez and the Council’s LGBTQ Caucus will be hosting …

Lower East Side Links

–A look at the new condo building coming to Essex Crossing: “Developers expect that 242 Broome will appeal to wealthier and older buyers who might be attracted to an evolving Lower East Side. As new condos break ground and rents rise, the Lower East Side has been steadily losing the eclectic mix of immigrants, working-class families, artists and musicians that defined the area for generations.” [New York Times]

–A housing advocacy group challenges the notion that the suspension of the state’s 421a program has had a chilling effect on affordable housing construction. [Politico New York]

–“Move over, rats. New York is planning an underground park;” a profile of the Lowline. [New York Times]

–The family that owns Mott Street’s Wing on Wo decided against selling the building. “Ultimately, they walked back from the sale, narrowly averting the end of five generations of family ownership, an increasingly rare species in this city of rising towers and rents.” [New York Times]

–Mei Li Wah, the longtime Chinese bakery on Bayard Street, was closed by the health department. [Eater]

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Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 | Puma Perl captured this past Saturday’s brilliant sunrise. | Weather: Sunny but breezy today with a high of 65. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Grand Street Guild Residents Have Gone Without Cooking Gas For 39 Days

Lucy Lopez has not been able to cook in her apartment for 39 days. Like the other residents of 200 apartments at 131 Broome …

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Raw Material is Now Open at 131 Orchard St. in Former Black Tree Space

After a week or two in soft-open mode, chef Sandy Dee Hall’s restaurant, Raw Material, is open for business at 131 Orchard St. …

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Zarin Fabrics Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Jill, Bobby and David Zarin look on as a proclamation is read from the borough president’s office last night.

It was a scene at …

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New Public Art Now on Display in Ahearn Park

Not long ago we mentioned that New Jersey artist Martin Delossantos’s sculpture, “Little Oil Well,” was coming to Ahearn Park. In the past week, …

Lower East Side Links

–Someone sifting through the trash at the Riis Houses earlier this week found a heart in a pink box. The medical examiner is now trying to determine if it’s a human heart. [Daily News]

–A former Lower East Side super who worked in Steve Croman’s building’s says the embattled property owner has failed to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages. [Real Deal]

–Activists respond to Council member Margaret Chin’s op/ed earlier in the week which advocated for affordable housing development at the Elizabeth Street Garden. [Gotham Gazette]

–Orchard Street is one of the blocks examined in a new book that makes the case for preserving small scale retail. [City Lab]

–Bureaucratic delays are slowing the implemntation of District 1’s new integration plan. [Chalkbeat]


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The Daily Show Responds to Racist Fox News Segment in Chinatown

The Daily Show sent correspondent Ronny Chieng to Chinatown yesterday in response to that racist segment earlier in the week on Fox News. Enjoy!