Luther Gulick Park. Photo credit: Friends of Gulick Park, 2012.

De Blasio Allocates More Than $8 Million For Lower East Side Parks (Updated)

Rivington House.

Op/Ed: A Requiem for Rivington House

Morning Reads: Funding For Poor Parks, Samuel Dickstein, “Gotham’s” Chinatown Vibe

Today the mayor announces an initiative to funnel $130 million into small parks in low income neighborhoods.  One park mentioned in news reports is Luther Gulick Park on Willett Street, a project that was already fully funded thanks to the efforts of community activists. State Senator Daniel Squadron has championed funding equity, but called on wealthy park conservancies to pitch in. The de Blasio plan is publicly funded (NYT).

Thor Equities picks up 195 Bowery, a commercial building, for $4 million (Commercial Observer).

The office/condo portion of the East West Bank Building at 77 Bowery has been put on the market; it is expected to fetch up to $30 million (Real Deal).

People who live near the Avenue A 7-Eleven have had it with the store’s noisy refrigeration units (Channel 2).

All about Samuel Dickstein, U.S. Congressman — Soviet spy. As you may know, a campaign is underway to remove his name from a Lower East Side street (Politico).

A look at newly released letters from Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (NYT).

The new Batman series, “Gotham,” includes plenty of LES/Chinatown scenes (Guardian).

Haunted house as performance art: inside Blackout, a very dark Halloween-themed experience on East Houston Street (Daily Beast).

Good Morning!

bowery wall

Os Gemeos’ 2009 Bowery mural re-emerges.

Mostly cloudy today with a chance of a stray rain shower in the afternoon and a high of 74. Steady rain is in the forecast tonight.

BMX rider Tyrone Williams.  Photo by Alex M. Smith.

My LES: Tyrone Williams

For our regular feature spotlighting the people who live and work on the Lower East Side, we talked with Tyrone Williams, who owns Dah Shop bike shop at 134 Division St., and is a BMX freestyle rider. …

Photo via Seahorse Fitness web site/Gang Wu.

Seahorse Swim Club Plans to Reopen at Masaryk Towers

upscaling downtown

Panel Talk With Author of “Upscaling Downtown,” New Book on LES Nightlife

Morning Reads: Chinatown’s Underground Employment Brokers, Bank Robbery, Free Coffee

A look at the underground restaurant employment system centered in New York’s Chinatown (New Yorker).

Cops are looking for a suspect who robbed a Chase Bank on St. Mark’s Place Saturday (Metro).

The Whitehouse Hostel is permanently closed (EV Grieve).

Cafe Bustelo is offering free coffee at a pop up at 168 Bowery from October 17-26 (Time Out).

Good Morning!

On Clinton Street.

On Clinton Street.

Sunny today with a high near 70.


Sponsored Post: Shana Tova From Karpoff Affiliates


Beautiful one bedroom in the Lower East Side – facing west.

Pristine condition, renovated eat-in windowed kitchen. Dishwasher, a lot of light, …

Is This Your Skateboard?


Hello, MTA! Andre Richards says this skateboard has been alongside the uptown F Train track at 14th Street for at least a week.

Seward Chen.

Aspiring Lower East Side App Developer Gets a Boost From GenTech


Seattle-based Trio, Barcelona, Comes to Mercury Lounge

Dance-rock, indie pop and electronica are all ways to describe the catchy sounds of Seattle-based trio, Barcelona. The group has been recording music for …


City, Ecology Center Open Two New Lower East Side Compost Sites

flu shots

Free Flu Shots Tuesday, October 7