View From Above: Madison Street Sinkhole


Jereme Taylor just sent along this amazing shot of the sinkhole that has opened up on Madison Street, near Rutgers Street. Emergency crews are on the scene, dealing with a water main break.


It’s a Party! Pickle Guys Grand Opening Tomorrow

The Pickle Guys moved across the street to 357 Grand St., earlier this year and went to work on setting up an adjoining fried …

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Big Sinkhole Opens Up on Madison Street (Updated)

Local resident Daisy Paez just sent in these photos from Madison Street, between Rutgers and Jefferson streets, where a large sinkhole has opened in …

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New Museum Opens Spring Solo Exhibitions

Three solo shows debut today at the New Museum, alongside the large scale survey, “Carol Rama: Antibodies,” which opened on April 26. The new Spring Exhibitions feature artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kaari Upson, Elaine Cameron-Weir, each on their own respective floor, and are well worth a visit. …


RIP John “DJ Apache” Mercado

Friends and loved ones are remembering John “DJ Apache” Mercado, a lifelong Lower East Side resident who died April 30. Services for him will …

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seward park dancing

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | Puma Perl noticed these ladies learning a few new steps in Seward Park. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with gusty winds today and a high of 61. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Essex Crossing Site 5. Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle.

Here’s How a Big Box Retailer, Target, Ended Up at Essex Crossing

As the whole neighborhood knows by now, a Target store is coming to Essex Crossing (145 Clinton St.). Many people are dismayed about the arrival of a big box (technically medium box) store on the Lower East Side. …

Community Hero Awards, 2014. Photo by Whitney Browne.

2017 LES “Community Heroes” Are Announced

The awards will be presented later in the month. …

Lower East Side Links

–Housing advocates are mounting a sustained campaign against Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. In making the case that Glen is too cozy with former real estate partners, they are invoking the names of developers with multiple holdings on the Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–According to a lawsuit, “a lobbyist tied to the ​de Blasio administration’s Rivington House scandal helped a Soho developer win approval for a condo tower that will be 100 feet taller than zoning allows.” [New York Post]

–Landlord Steve Croman reaches a plea deal with prosecutors. [New York Post]

–When Croman heads back to court this morning to face criminal charges, many of his tenants will be there, too. [EV Grieve]

–An audit shows the MTA is not keeping up with maintenance of elevators and escalators. [Channel 2]

–“A man went on a rose-ripping rampage” at First Park. He was apparently trying to create a building out of the rose bushes. [The New York Post]

–One of 26 emerging Asian American Voices of 2017: Mei Lum of Chinatown’s Wing on Wo. [NBC News]

Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima.

Lower East Side History Month is Underway

The Fourth Annual Lower East Side History Month is kicking off this week, “a neighborhood-wide celebration of the unique legacies” of one of New York’s most vibrant communities. …

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dah shop

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Here was the scene the other day in front of Dah Shop on Division Street, which was celebrating 9 years in business. Photo by Alain Levitt. | Weather: Rainy and windy in the early part of the day before the sun makes an appearance this afternoon. Look for a high of 70. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Essex Crossing site 1; Ludlow and Broome streets.

Local Hiring at Essex Crossing: Are Developers Keeping Their Promises? So Far, the Answer is “Yes”

The Lower East Side is teeming with construction workers, in large part due to the big Essex Crossing project. …

Lower East Side Links

–Thousands of people have showed up at the offices of Asian Americans for Equality, seeking help in filling out affordable housing applications for Essex Crossing. [DNAinfo]

–There’s a proposal to co-name a section of Second Avenue for  Moises Ismael Locón Yac and Nicholas Figueroa. Those are the two men who died in a 2015 gas explosion. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor takes part in a photo op honoring Dwight Gooden. As it turns out, the event was also part of a television pilot that was facilitated by James Capalino, the lobbyist involved in the early stages of the Rivington House debacle. [New York Times]

–Ferry service to and from the Rockaways kicks off with an expansion to the Lower East Side planned for 2018. [New York Times]

–The former owner of a site on East Houston Street pays homage to the neighborhood’s nearly forgotten past. [New York Times]

–A tour of Galerie Perrotin, which just opened a massive new space at 130 Orchard St. [Art News]

–Video: Hanging out in the “pool pit” in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, where bike polo is king. [ABC News]

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Four Men Beat, Rob Victim at Smith Houses Sunday Morning (Updated)

Police are looking for several men who pistol whipped and robbed a victim inside an apartment at the Alfred E. Smith Houses early Sunday morning. …

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canal street/jarmulowsky crane

Monday, May 1, 2017 | On Saturday, a huge crane was brought in for the reconstruction of the top floors on the old Jarmulowsky Bank Building. The historic landmark has been undergoing a years-long restoration. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with a high of 75. Thunderstorms expected tonight. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.