–The city is tracking Tropical Storm Hermine. You can keep up to date on storm preps in New York here.
–Extell development has finally closed a $500 million construction loan for One Manhattan Square, its 80-story luxury tower in the Two Bridges area. There have been concerns from investors about the viability of the audacious project as the luxury market has slowed in New York City. [The Real Deal]
–More on the “luxury glut” and how it’s impacting Extell’s Lower East Side project. CEO Gary Barnett is “making (a 5%) discount available to buyers at One Manhattan Square, an 815-unit downtown project where the asking prices on most condos had already been reduced this year. A one-bedroom apartment with outdoor space on the lowest available floor is listed for $1.65 million, down from an initial $2.05 million, filings show.” [Bloomberg]
–The city’s Department of Design & Construction says the long-delayed East Houston Street reconstruction project will wrap up at the end of this month. [DNA Info]
–“The Teddy Bear Project” comes to the New Museum’s First Saturday for Families tomorrow. [New York Times]
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 | Joel Raskin took this photo outside of the Baruch Houses. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 83. Cloudy skies tomorrow and 77. Mostly cloudy with a high of 77 on Sunday. On Monday, Labor Day, forecasters have their eye on the tropics. Mostly cloudy and windy with a high of 78. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: email@example.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
ODD. New York, the cutting edge boutique at 164 Ludlow St., is going to be leaving the Lower East Side after almost five years. …
–The City Council has finally scheduled a hearing on the Rivington House debacle for Sept. 29. [Daily News]
–The state health department will investigate whether some residents were improperly discharged from Rivington House. [WNYC]
–The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe is planning a $10.9 million expansion of its East 3rd Street home “Daniel Gallant, the organization’s executive director, said the project will help meet increased demand by artists and audiences at a time when affordable performance space in lower Manhattan is in short supply. The cafe’s build-out will also accommodate its growing arts-education programs for underprivileged students and give the organization more flexibility in programming.” [Wall Street Journal]
–A Brooklyn man will be sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in smuggling firearms into New York City on Chinatown buses. [Daily News]
–The NYPD is warning bar patrons about a pickpocket scheme on the Lower east Side. Three well-dressed suspects have hit The delancey, The Late Late and Fools Gold. [Eater]
–“Christodora,” the new novel by Tim Murphy, uses the upscale building on the edge of Tompkins Square Park to tell the story of “three generations of a family… working or living… through the East Village’s tumultuous changes, as AIDS, drugs and eventually gentrification roil the neighborhood. [New York Times]
Happening Today: The six candidates competing in this month’s Democratic Primary in the 65th Assembly District take part in a forum on environmental and sustainability issues this evening. It’s sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. It begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the community room at Southbridge Towers. There will be a livestream of the event on Facebook. More info here.
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 | Dan Goodman took this photo of the sun coming up over Seward Park and Lower Manhattan. | Weather: Light rain this morning, followed by afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 81. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
After a summer respite, it looks like a busy September for Community Board 3. …
–An 81-year-old man, Gen Zhan, was struck and killed by an FDNY ambulance at 14th Street and 2nd Avenue. [Daily News]
–The mayor says he’s no longer in contact with lobbyist James Capalino, who has been tied to the Rivington House scandal. A spokesperson for Capalino says his team still interacts with lower level administration officials on a regular basis; “Our firm has never relied on direct interaction with any of the five mayors who have held office since the firm was founded more than 30 years ago.” [Politico New York]
–Ben Lillie plans to open the Idea Distillery in the old Living Theatre space on Clinton Street. He says “I wanted a space where we could host events in what I’m calling intellectual nightlife — a place where people can go have drinks with their friends, have food, and hear talks on history or conversations about literature.” [DNA Info]
–Art dealer and collector Stefan Simchowitz criticizes Lisa Cooley, who announced this week the closure of her Lower East Side gallery. [Artnet]
–“Original New York punker” Harley Flanagan looks back on his life, including those formative early years on the Lower East Side. [New York Times]
–Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz is also walking down memory lane, recalling CBGB’s glory days and hanging out in the old neighborhood. “We lived at 195 Chrystie St., 3¹/₂ blocks from CBGB. It was rough, man, it was rough. No hot water, no shower, the bathroom in the hall we had to share with all these sweaty guys.” [New York Post]
–The Museum of the City of New York is showcasing striking 1970s images by Leland Bobbé, including many from Chinatown and the Bowery. [Curbed]
The Hester Street Fair has always served as an incubator for new ideas. Now its organizers are hosting an event designed specifically to discover …
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | Martha LeDuc took this photo of the Manhattan Bridge in the past week. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with a high of 88. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: email@example.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
–A man was attacked with a box cutter in Columbus Park over the weekend. Cops are still looking for the suspect, who was seen entering the Chambers Street subway station after the incident. [New York Post]
–Political strategist Michael Oliva outlines they key factors that will decide the primary election in the 65th Assembly District. “Political operatives often describe Grand Street as the most significant voting bloc in the district, but times have changed. Once a stalwart stronghold for (Sheldon) Silver or a Silver-backed candidate, the Grand Street area should prove to be a rare and critical battleground for the first time in decades.” [The Slant]
–Lobbyist James Capalino set up a meeting between the mayor and one of the new owners of Rivington House. A mayoral spokesman says the meeting was about Chinese tourism. [NY1]
–Sixteen days after he took office, the mayor was asked by Capalino to remove deed restrictions at Rivington House. [New York Post]
–An “elusive ally of the governor” was also in the mix during the Rivington House shenanigans. [Politico New York]
–Craig Peterson of Gibney Dance is the new executive director of the Abrons Arts Center. [New York Times]
–City officials recently held a visioning session to discuss a refurbishing of the Canal Street triangle. [World Journal via Voices of NY]
1BR Rental w/Balcony + Park & River View!
This updated one bedroom apartment with balcony, sporting tree-shaded park & river views, is fresh …
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | Daniel Kong took this photo about a week ago, showing Lower East Side/Chinatown tenements and the Lower Manhattan skyline. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 84. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
The campaign to fill Sheldon Silver’s former seat in the New York State Assembly is attracting quite a bit of citywide attention. This afternoon, …
As the Essex Crossing project begins to take shape on the former Seward Park urban renewal site, the developers are stepping up their small business recruitment efforts. …
–Lisa Cooley, the influential Norfolk Street gallery, has closed. “Although this chapter is ending,” Cooley wrote in an email blast, “another one is right around the corner—more sustainable, more rewarding, and more interesting.” [Art News]
–Kirill Nikonov and Kaimi Huang pay more than $1500 per month for their Orchard Street apartment. But they have now sued the building owner, arguing that the apartment can’t legally be rented for more than $199.15/month. [New York Post]
–GPS helped track down a stolen van owned by Demar Plumbling, which is located on Attorney Street. It’s not the first time GPS technology has tripped up the man charged with taking the vehicle, although he says its a case of mistaken identity. [New York Times]
–In her memoir, Dana Brown revisits her “heroin-infused slog” through the Lower East Side in the 1990s. Now a drug addiction counselor in North Carolina, Brown credits two New York City police officers for helping to save her life. [Daily News]
–A conversation with Justin Levinson, the creator of an interactive map that tracks “high rent blight” in New York City. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
–It was meant to be a viral prank. An aspiring actress explains why she dropped crickets in worms in a D train car. [Gothamist]