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Misrahi Sells Shuttered Tenement, 11 Essex St., For $11 million

Lower East Side broker/property owner Sion Misrahi has finally unloaded a decaying tenement that was embroiled in controversy several years ago.

Public records show …

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Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 | A billowing steam pipe made for an oddly beautiful scene on Grand Street last night. Photo by Pat Arnow. | Weather: No more rain today. Partly cloudy with a high of 79. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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District 1 City Council Forum Takes Place Sept. 5 on the Lower East Side

In the waning days of the campaign, there will be one last chance to evaluate the candidates competing in the upcoming Democratic Primary for the City Council seat in District 1. …

Lower East Side Links

–Jimmy Carbone is hopeful he can reopen his restaurant, Jimmy’s No. 43, but he needs more financial backing in order to make it happen. [Gothamist]

–City Council candidates in District 2 are vowing to push for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. [WNYC]

–Here’s more on Steve Croman’s office lease situation in the East Village. [DNAinfo]

–Mount Sinai prepares to demolish a building on East 13th Street, part of its downsizing/reorganization plan. [EV Grieve]

–Mathew Gallery moves across the street to 46 Canal St. [Artnet News]

–Here’s how people on the Upper West Side are responding after a swastika was found on a local church. The incident happened at around the same time as vandals defaced a Lower East Side synagogue with hateful markings. [West Side Rag]

–The South Street Seaport Museum has received a city grant to restore a 110 year old lightship. [New York Times]

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Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 | Lori Weissman took this recent photo in Chinatown. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning with rain developing this afternoon and winds gusting to 20 mph. Look for a high of just 70. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

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Two Women Doused With Hot Coffee, Robbed in Delancey Street Station

Police are asking for help in finding a suspect who splashed hot coffee on two women in the Delancey Street subway station and stole money from his victims. …

Lower East Side Links

–A look at the four candidates competing to replace State Sen. Daniel Squadron. [Tribeca Trib]

–After eviction proceedings concluded, landlord Steve Croman moved his 9300 Realty to a new location. [EV Grieve]

–Clayworks pottery shop, on East Ninth Street since 1974, is closing. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

–An assessment of Jean Georges’s restaurant in the Public Hotel: “The large, modish room here feels like it’s landed in this most local of all New York dining neighborhoods from some generic, vacantly glitzy precinct of Vegas or L.A.” [New York Magazine]

–Born on the Lower East Side: Celebrating the 100th birthday of comic book trailblazer Jack Kirby. [Forbes]

–It won’t be long before those sheep return to Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. [New York Times]

Photo courtesy of the 7th Precinct.

Lower East Side Leaders Stand in Solidarity After Synagogue Defaced

Lower East Side community leaders stood side-by-side Sunday in front of a defaced synagogue, literally “erasing the hate” from the facade of the First Roumanian-American Congregation/Beth Hachasidim DePolen on East Broadway. …

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Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 | Domenick Capobianco took this photo on Eldridge Street. | Weather: A cool start to the week. A mix of sun and clouds today with a high of 74. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY

Lower East Side Community Denounces Hateful Markings Left on Synagogue Facade

Photo by Jacob Goldman.

Photo by Jacob Goldman.

Members of the Lower East Side community gathered in front of a synagogue on East Broadway today to deliver a message of unity and resolve. The hastily arranged event followed the discovery on Thursday of hateful markings on the wall of the First Romanian American  Congregation/Beth Hachasidim DePolen. The NYPD’s hate crimes task force is investigating the incident and searching for the culprit or culprits.

Community leaders painted over the markings, which read, “KKK” and “F—.” We will have a full report tomorrow morning on this afternoon’s event.

Photo by The Lo-Down.

Photo by The Lo-Down.


Breaking: Firefighters Battle Blaze at 333 Grand St.

There’s a huge response from the New York City Fire Department tonight for a blaze that apparently started in a ground floor grocery, or …


Lower East Side Synagogue Defaced; NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigating

Someone defaced a Lower East Side synagogue this past week, scrawling, “KKK” and “F—“ on the facade of Beth Hachasidim DePolen. …

Lower East Side Links

–A recap of yet another District 2 City Council debate. [Gotham Gazette]

–Here’s an analysis of who’s receiving money from the real estate industry in this election cycle. District 2 City Council candidate Carlina Rivera has raised more money than anyone else running for an open seat. She has collected $1,995 from real estate. [The Real Deal]

–City Council member Margaret Chin proposes legislation that, if approved, could give lawmakers more ability to curtail three proposed mega-towers in the Two Bridges area. [The Real DealNote: Original Crain’s story hiding behind a paywall. 

–The man at the center of the controversy over Confederate flags in the windows of an East 8th Street building says he is not a racist. [DNAinfo]

–In Brooklyn, the city has begun making safety improvements for bicyclists accessing the Williamsburg Bridge. [Streetsblog]

–A walk through the neighborhood with Jeremiah Moss. [Curbed]

–The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns to Tompkins square Park on Sunday. [EV Grieve]

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(Videos) Debates in City Council Districts 1 and 2

As we mentioned the other day, Manhattan Neighborhood Network recently hosted candidate debates ahead of the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary. Today we’re posting videos …

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Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 | Here’s a look at the Parkways NYC portable garden now located at Mott Street and Bayard Street. Photo by the Chinatown Partnership. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 80. Sunny and 78 tomorrow. A mix of sun and clouds on Sunday and 76. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY