Lower East Side Links

–During a six hour oversight hearing on Rivington House, city officials “offered replies and sparred with council members, but ultimately revealed few new details in a case that had become a black eye for Mayor Bill de Blasio and spawned multiple overlapping investigations.” [New York Times]

–First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris said no one has been disciplined for the Rivington House snafu. “I believe fundamentally that accountability lies at the top… Unfortunately it took a village, and there were a lot of people involved in this.” [Politico New York]

–When did Shorris first tell the mayor about Rivington House? That’s a little fuzzy. [New York Post]

–During the hearing, “…Ccouncil member Margaret Chin was the first to reassert the community’s chief demand: that Rivington House be returned to its original use, potentially through eminent domain.” [Village Voice]

–Opinion: “Is anyone in charge at City Hall? Clearly no one with any competence, judging from Thursday’s City Council hearing on the Rivington House nursing-home flap…” [New York Post]

–Opinion: Shorris dodges responsibility. [Daily News]

–More legal troubles for “Delancey Bridge Tower.” [The Real Deal]

–A local group has announced the establishment of an eruv in Manhattan, but “the new initiative is likely to raise an objection from the traditional Orthodox leadership of the Lower East Side community.” [The Jewish Press]

–Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc comes to the Abrons Arts Center Saturday at 3 p.m.: “The event includes performances by MC & Poet Toni Blackman, vocalist Gino Sitson and Legacy Women, an all-women’s traditional musical group rooted in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions.”

–Hungry City: Chinatown’s Joy Luck Palace. [New York Times]


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Not to be missed! This high floor 2BR/balcony serves up sweeping open river views to Brooklyn and beyond! …

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doyers street

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on Doyers Street. | Weather: Rainy and windy through the day and night with a high of 63. Showers expected through the weekend with highs hovering in the high 60s both Saturday and Sunday.  If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

30 Pike St.

City Plans Senior Housing at 30 Pike St. to Make Up For Rivington House Loss

A public oversight hearing is still going on at City Hall regarding the Rivington House fiasco. During his testimony this morning, First Deputy Mayor …

45 Rivington St.

City Officials Face Questions Today From Council on Rivington House Scandal

A long-awaited hearing on the Rivington House fiasco will take place at City Hall today. …

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two bridges

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 | In this photo from Joel Raskin, you can see Extell’s One Manhattan Square monster beginning to rise above other buildings in the neighborhood. | Weather: Cloudy today with a high of 67 and rain expected tonight. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.|

150 Rivington St. rendering by Gluck+ Architects.

Condo Developers Say They Hope To Respect Character of Streit’s Site

150 Rivington St. rendering by Gluck+ Architects.

It’s tough to walk anywhere on the Lower East Side these days without running into construction barricades …


Public Art: New Sculpture Coming to Ahearn Park

A new art work is coming to Ahearn Park. The little triangular space at Grand Street and East Broadway will be the beneficiary of New Jersey artist Martin Delossantos’s, “Martin Delossantos.” …

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williamsburg bridge

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 | Joel Raskin took this photo of the Williamsburg Bridge a few days ago. That’s a NYPD helicopter flying over the East River. | Weather: Cloudy today with a high of 71 and showers expected this evening. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

morris vogel

Tenement Museum President Talks Expansion, Lower East Side Controversies

Our interview with Morris Vogel, as the Tenement Museum prepares to launch a major new exhibition. …

Lower East Side Links

–First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris has a rather faulty memory when it comes to Rivington House. He’ll be testifying at a City Council hearing on Thursday. [New York Post]

–More on Shorris’ testimony as part of the city comptroller’s Rivington House investigation: “The interview — polite in the beginning, tedious at times and testy toward the end — sheds light on the chaotic rhythm of city government and the problems that arise when lines of communication are not explicitly drawn.” [Politico New York]

–The Lower East Side’s Lenin statue will re-emerge on a Norfolk Street rooftop in the not-too-distant future. [New York Times]

–The New York City Council is looking at legislation that would guarantee legal representation to tenants facing eviction. [New York Times]

–Editorial: In defense of business improvement districts. [Crain‘s]

–It’s National Voter Registration Day. If you’re not registered, head here RIGHT NOW!


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242 Broome St. renderings by Moso Studio.

(Renderings) Inside Essex Crossing’s Luxury Condos at 242 Broome St.

242 Broome St. renderings by Moso Studio.

The luxury condominiums now under construction in the first phase of Essex Crossing are making their official …

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mulberry street

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on Mulberry Street. | Weather: Rain showers expected to continue this morning, with afternoon clearing and a high of 77. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


“HERSTORY,” Looks at Chinese-American Women’s History Through a Legal Lens

The Chatham Square Library offers a unique take on the story of Chinese-American women’s history with their upcoming exhibit, “HERSTORY: Chinese-American Women, 165 Years …