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Local Restaurant Owners Chart a New Course on Jefferson Street

Anyone who has walked down Jefferson Street lately has undoubtedly noticed some changes. …

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essex crossing - h. spencer young, all rights reserved.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | H. Spencer Young took this photo of Essex Crossing – all rights reserved. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 85. | 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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Dixon Place Hosts Annual HOT! Festival Launch Party

Embrace the heat this pride month with Dixon Place’s Annual Hot! Festival opening night party on July 5th. …

The Thursday afternoon LES Youthmarket at the corner of Grand and Pitt streets debuts its fourth year tomorrow.

Youthmarkets Open on the Lower East Side Next Week

Starting next week, Gouverneur Health’s Youthmarket is back for the summer season. The initiative is a part of Grow NYC’s greenmarket program. Local youths …

Lower East Side Links

–A year before it was sold to a luxury developer, the city’s Human Resources Administration was inquiring about the future of Rivington House. The new revelations suggest that some people in the de Blasio administration were at least exploring the notion of using the shuttered facility for affordable housing or for some other community benefit. [Politico New York]

–Both Lower East Side representatives – Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney – were victorious in yesterday’s Democratic Primary. [New York Times]

–Reverend Jen and her troll museum are evicted. [Gothamist]

–Phil Parker, a social worker who helped homeless alcoholics, died at the age of 86. [New York Times]

–More on Baby Brasa, the Peruvian chicken restaurant that just opened on Allen Street. [Eater]

Jamie Rogers making his pitch last night to lead Community Board 3.

Jamie Rogers Elected Chairperson of Community Board 3

Members of Community Board 3 chose a new leader last night. He’s Jamie Rogers, who owns Pushcart Coffee, a small business with locations in Chelsea and Murray Hill. …

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community garden pond

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | Urban oasis! Here’s the turtle pond in M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with possible afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 87. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Tenant activists rally outside Cooper Union before the vote. Photo: Alex Gerald

Rent Guidelines Board Approves Rent Freeze for One Year Leases

Monday night’s Rent Guidelines Board meeting in Cooper Union’s Great Hall opened with chants of “Fight, fight, fight – Housing is a right!” and “El Pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” …

Take the kids to the Hamilton Fish pool this weekend.

Hamilton Fish Pool Opens For the Season Tomorrow!

New York City’s outdoor pools re-open tomorrow, including Hamilton Fish Pool on Pitt St. and Houston St. …

Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital.

Community Members Voice Concerns Regarding Beth Israel Downsizing

Lower East Side residents will get another chance tonight to address Mount Sinai officials about their decision to close Beth Israel’s current facility and build a new hospital on 14th Street. …

The Osaka Grub crew - photo via Instagram.

Now Open: Osaka Grub in the Essex Street Market

There’s a new arrival at the Essex Street Market. Osaka Grub, a fast food Japanese concept, has opened its first “brick and mortar” location in a stall on the north end of the market right next to Peasant Stock. …

Lower East Side Links

–It’s election day for local Democrats. New York voters head to the polls in the Congressional Primary. In the 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side, incumbent Nydia Velázquez faces Jeff Kurzon and Yungman Lee. In the 12th district, which includes parts of the Lower East Side, Alphabet City and the East Village, incumbent Carolyn Maloney faces Pete Lindner. Find your poll site here. You have until 9 p.m. to cast your ballot.

–The Rent Guidelines Board votes to freeze rents on one year leases for the second year in a row. [New York Times]

–Locals are “scrambling to save” Rivington House from luxury condo developers. [Daily News]

–Lower East Side residents are frustrated by “de Blasio’s inaction on Rivington House.” [Gothamist]

–Editorial: Sheldon Silver’s hopes of winning an appeal after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling — a “delusion of the desperate and despicable.” [Daily News]

–An appreciation of Kehila Kedosha Janina, “a New York beacon for Greek Jews.” [Wall Street Journal]

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Here’s the view from the 15yh floor patio at the Hotel Indigo. | Weather: Cloudy skies today, but probably no more rain, and a high of 78. | 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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Photographer Thomas Holton on “The Lams of Ludlow Street”

We stopped by the Chatham Street Library last week for photographer Thomas Holton’s talk on his 13 year project, The Lams of Ludlow Street. …

Photo by Alex Smith

My LES: Wendy White

For our regular feature spotlighting the people who live and work on the Lower East Side, we talked with artist Wendy White. She is a visual artist who has called the Lower East Side home for the better part of the last decade. …