December 2016 event at Basketball City.

Next Week’s NBA Show, Drake Performance Lead to Lockdown at Pier 36

December 2016 event at Basketball City.

Mark your calendar. Monday, June 26 (one week from today) will be an excellent day to stay far …

Many of the Wellness Council Members after Receiving the Award

P.S. 20 Recognized For School Wellness Initiatives

Here’s a dispatch from the parent association at P.S. 20:

Earlier this month, the school was recognized as the citywide winner of the 2016-2017 …

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Checking in on the Angel Orensanz Center

Yenta Laureate sent along some recent photos from the Angel Orsensanz Center at 172 Norfolk St. The former Anshe Chesed Synagogue, dating to 1850, …

Lower East Side Links

–After a controversy erupted around artist David Choe’s past statements regarding sexual assault, his Bowery mural has been painted over. Choe has come out with a letter of apology and Jessica Goldman Srebnick, representing the landlord, chimes in, as well. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor is coming to the Lower East Side for a town hall meeting this week. Here’s a look at how he prepares to face questions from locals at these types of events. [WNYC]

–The Post catches up to a story we reported May 30, the city’s decision to allow the luxury developers of Rivington House to do some exploratory work. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has written a letter to the Department of Buildings that says, “I am perplexed as to why my office did not receive direct notice from DOB regarding the change to the Stop Work Order on this property.” [New York Post]

–Five years after it was enacted, there are different opinions about an Upper West Side zoning ordinance meant to curtail big box stores. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the architect of the initiative, said she’s encouraged enough about the results to advocate for similar plans in the East Village. [AMNY]

–Jeremiah Moss, the anonymous local blogger, is unmasking himself so he can more effectively advocate for mom-and-pop businesses. [The New Yorker]

–Scenes from the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street. [NY1]

–Adam Platt enjoyed Hanoi House, the homey, inventive Vietnamese restaurant on St. Marks Place. [New York Magazine]

Good Morning!

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Monday, June 19, 2017 | You never know where our neighborhood hawk is going to land. Thanks to Alain Levitt for this photo, taken yesterday on East Broadway. | Weather: We’re expecting thunderstorms throughout the day today, with high winds at times, and a high of 86. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

208 E Broadway 1BR

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Spacious 1BR Sublease w/Park & City Views – Near Subway! New to Market: 06-15-2017 No Pets, Please! You’ll love the open feel in this completely renovated space. …

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, 60 Norfolk St.

Demolition Application Filed For Fire Ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

There’s some sad but unsurprising news to report this morning about Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the Lower East Side synagogue destroyed in a May 14 fire. …

Lower East Side Links

–“A renewal project 60 years in the making.” Not much new in this primer on the Essex Crossing project. We do learn that 60,000 people have applied for 99 senior apartments on site 6 of the project. [New York Times]

–The MTA is going to add express bus service along 14th Street. It’s part of a plan to help commuters cope with the L Train shutdown, but the service will be permanent. [DNAinfo]

–The mayor is planning to hire a nightlife ambassador. [Daily News]

–Reliving “Needle Park.” A new interactive play revisits the drug-drenched Lower East Side of the 1960s. [Gothamist]

–Celebrate Juneteenth at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden tomorrow. [Facebook]

–ICYMI: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street Sunday. [The Lo-Down]

500 Grand St2BR

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property

Space and Location!

Spacious two bedroom with windowed eat-in kitchen on lovely block. Large living room can be opened lengthwise to the kitchen …

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Straus Square Renovations Detailed; Plans For Recycle-a-Bicycle Outpost Announced

Local residents will start to see changes in Straus Square during the next several weeks, as the neglected area at East Broadway, Rutgers Street and Canal Street begins to look more like a full-fledged pedestrian plaza. …

Good Morning!

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Friday, June 16, 2017 | TLD reader Haley took this photo in Straus Square, which was turned into a trash dump by the television show, Mr. Robot. Haley was unamused, given Straus Square’s status as a memorial to the veterans of foreign wars. | Weather: Cloudy today with occasional showers and a high of 73. Overcast tomorrow with a chance of showers and a high of 79. More scattered storms Sunday and 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.

NYPD photo, 2015.

Man Sentenced to 23 Years For Stabbing, Beating Ex-Girlfriend at Vladeck Houses

NYPD photo, 2015.

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison for beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend inside her apartment …

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(Followup) East Broadway Construction Project Destabilizes Neighboring Building

We have an update on the situation at 201 East Broadway, where construction of a seven story residential building yesterday damaged a neighboring building.

Lower East Side Links

–Opinion: The NYPD should change its tactics after the recent deaths of several bicyclists. The evidence “suggests that the NYPD sees New Yorkers who bike as somehow inviting injury or even death for daring to share the roads with drivers.” [Daily News]

–The city is struggling to meet the demand for the new NYC ferry, which is providing inexpensive transit to the beach this summer. [New York Times]

–A profile of SHoP, one of New York’s most prolific architectural firms. SHoP is a lead architect in this neighborhood of Essex Crossing and is partnering with JDS Development Group for a 77-story tower in the Two Bridges area. [The Real Deal]

–Ranger Rob releases a new hawk in Tompkins square Park. [EV Grieve]

–Checking in with Orange is the New Black star Jackie Cruz, a co-owner of Chillhouse on the Lower East Side. [Billboard]

577 Grand St 2BR

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PRICE REDUCED – Gorgeous 2 Bedroom with Terrace on High Floor! Water views, as well as the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Great light, six closets, dining area, windowed kitchen with two views, bathroom window, eat in kitchen. Spacious, open apartment. Must see. …