–“Memos went unread. The mayor said he was in the dark. But one person understood how New York’s bureaucracy could allow for a Manhattan nursing home to be sold to luxury condominium developers: Joel Landau, the man whose company flipped it for a $72 million profit.” [New York Times]
–In contrast with “a scathing assessment by the city’s Department of Investigation,” Stringer’s report “spread the blame,” suggesting that an unscrupulous real estate developer manipulated the de Blasio administration. [Politico New York]
–Report shows that de Blasio underlings did nothing to stop Rivington House from becoming luxury condos. [Daily News]
–Editorial: “While the mayor likes to boast that his administration is competent, transparent and accountable, the facts occasionally suggest an entirely different set of adjectives.” In the aftermath of the Rivington House fiasco, “City Hall should be as energetic about repairing broken procedures and learning from its ineptitude as it has been in attacking independent investigators and rebuffing legitimate questions.” [New York Times]
–Editorial: “….The mayor’s refusal to hold anyone responsible (for Rivington House) — despite his specific promise to do just that — (is) astonishing. [New York Post]
The Lower East Side Partnership is kicking off a community engagement initiative this week, one of the first steps in evaluating whether to move …
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Lee Brozgol took this photo at the Division/Canal/Ludlow triangle. | Weather: A cool day ahead. Cloudy skies with a stray shower possible and a high of just 77.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report today showing that Rivington House was lost as a community facility due to communication breakdowns and inattention by the de Blasio administration. …
National Night Out Against Crime is coming up tomorrow. The guys at the 7th Precinct sent around their flyer for the big event on …
–“Mayor de Blasio lies again about info kept from investigators in Rivington House probe,” reads the Friday headline in the Daily News. After the mayor asserted on WNYC Radio that his administration had handed over a key memo, the newspaper publishes a version of that memo which was almost completely whited out. [Daily News]
–Editorial: The mayor’s excuses on Rivington House are ridiculous. [Daily News]
–A “small-format” Target store is coming to Extell Development’s 14th Street mixed-use project. [Real Deal]
–Extell is finally closing on a $600 million construction loan for its 80-story One Manhattan Square project in the Two Bridges area. The firm has struggled to line up financing. [Real Deal]
–Transportation experts doubt that the city’s new ferry service (which will include Lower East Side service) can be financially viable in the long term. [City Limits]
–Architects/developers make their pitch for the luxury condos replacing Streit’s Matzo Factory. “…Even though the old structure will be torn down, its history will survive in one form—sort of, and mostly for those who can afford to buy in the new condo. The lobby will be adorned with photographs that will take you through a timeline of the factory’s history, Charlie Kaplan, a principal at Gluck+, (said). That might not be the most satisfactory response for locals… but Kaplan believes that the charm of the building lay not in the structure itself, but in the goings on inside, and the mechanics of it all.” [Curbed]
Happening Today: City Comptroller Scott Stringer releases his Rivington House report. We’ll have details this afternoon.
Happening This Week: Two noteworthy openings this week on the Lower East Side. Gohan, a restaurant specializing in Japanese home cooking, debuts tonight at 14 Orchard St. It’s brought to you by the teams behind Lovely Day and Ni Japanese Deli. Tomorrow, Top Hops to Go opens in the Essex Street Market. More to come on both of these new arrivals.
Monday, August 1, 2016 | Brian Redman took this photo last Thursday, showing the top of 100 Norfolk St., the new condo building now under construction. Work crews never slowed down, even through last week’s sweltering heat. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with afternoon thunderstorms likely and a high of 80. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: email@example.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
It hasn’t been a great week for Mayor de Blasio. He was marginalized at the Democratic National Convention. There was a steady stream of negative stories about the Rivington House scandal on he Lower East Side. Today, once again, he was on the defensive during an appearance on WNYC Radio. …
Henry Street Settlement is hosting a community day tomorrow at Sol Lain Playground with free food and a variety of activities. Check out this …
Friday, July 29, 2016 | Doug Manning took this photo of the downtown skyline. | Weather: The rain stays with us until midday when we’ll see the sun poke through and a high of 84. Partly cloudy with possible afternoon rain tomorrow and a high in the mid-80s. Scattered thunderstorm Sunday with 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.
The University Settlement’s Performance Project has announced its 2016/2017 Artists-in-Residence. Residencies last for one year and include rehearsal space and support as the artists work toward a public showing of new work. …
Beginning tomorrow, the Metrograph Theater will be celebrating Susan Seidelman’s 1982 classic, Smithereens, with a brand new 35mm print.
Before Seidelman went on to …
–The city’s Law Department and Department of Investigation are now at war over Rivington House. “(On) Wednesday, the two agencies exchanged bitterly worded statements and appeared to be at odds over what they had agreed to the day before regarding access to City Hall computers.” [New York Times]
–“A dismissive Mayor de Blasio Wednesday mocked concern about his team covering up crucial documents in a probe of his administration. Then he cancelled a Daily News interview and refused to answer questions about the investigation of a Lower East Side nursing home sale.” [Daily News]
–Let’s compare and contrast the mayor’s Rivington House scandal with Watergate! [New York Post]
–Drama at Hell’s Angels HQ: “A member of the notorious biker club was arrested for allegedly waving around a gun and chasing a man away from the group’s East Village clubhouse with a baseball bat.” And then there’s this: “Sources said the clubhouse address was recently put on a hipster website, drawing in droves of naive, skinny-jean clad groupies.” [Daily News]
–Cops are looking for a suspect who groped a woman and then punched her during an incident on 1st Avenue. [Channel 7]
–The city is using dry ice to combat rats in Columbus Park. [NY1]
–After two days of intricate work on the Bowery/Houston mural wall, artist Logan Hicks is starting over. [Gothamist]
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Here’s a photo from Monroe Street, showing the Manhattan Bridge and the construction crane being used to build Extell’s 80-story mega tower on South Street. Photo credit: nycabstractions. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with scattered thunderstorms tonight and a high of 91. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: email@example.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.
Under the threat of a lawsuit, the de Blasio administration has been forced to reveal documents it tried to cover up in the Rivington House investigation. …