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9/11 Compensation Deadline Approaching (Sponsored)

Were you in Lower Manhattan between September 11, 2001 and July 31, 2002? If you or a loved one were exposed in Lower Manhattan, south of Houston Street, between 9/11/01 and 7/31/02, you may be eligible for free healthcare and financial compensation. …





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“Russian Doll” Season Two Now Filming in East Village

Bob Krasner caught actress-writer-director Natasha Lyonne and crew filming a scene for season two of her Netflix hit, Russian Doll, on Avenue A last week. …





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The Pyramid Club Officially Closes its Doors

Beloved by generations of nightlife fans, The Pyramid Club NYC announced their permanent closure in early April. Known as a drag and punk landmark since the bad old days (1979!), the team cited the closure as a consequence of the pandemic shutdown. …

Daffodils Below the Bridge

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Shonelle Cooper-Caplan sent us this photos of the daffodils bursting forth under the Williamsburg Bridge.

East River Park is in Bloom

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Thomas Chew sent us this photo of Cherry Blossoms in East River Park.

Lower East Side Links

–There was a big rally in Columbus Park to make a strong stand against racist and misogynistic violence against Asian women. [Channel 11]

–More civilian groups are coming together to protect vulnerable residents in Chinatown and other Asian American enclaves across the city. [The New York Times]

–The Chinatown banker, Thomas Sung, says he’s not surprised by the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans: “My prediction always has been that this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.” [PBS/Frontline]

–Police at the 7th Precinct pulled out their guns and tasers after a man walked into the station house and allegedly threatened officers with a kitchen knife. [New York Post]

–The city finally releases a mostly unredacted version of a study on East River Park resiliency plans. [AM New York]

–The revised plan for a large new tower at 250 Water St. still met with significant opposition from activists at a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing. [The Architect’s Newspaper]

–The new film about human smuggling, “Snakehead,” a fictional story based on the Chinatown figure “Sister Ping,” is hitting the film festival circuit. [Shoot Publicity Wire]

–15 restaurants to try out on the Lower East Side from Robert Sietsema, including: Peppa’s (the jerk chicken spot on Stanton Street), Rebel (a new Haitian restaurant on Clinton Street) and The Bun Hut, which serves Asian-Caribbean food. [Eater]

Signs of Spring on Delancey

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Spring bursting forth – even on Delancey Street. This photo was sent to us from Samantha and Mayer Sinensky.

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Diving into a Pooled Trust Makes Home Care Easier to Manage (Sponsored)

Decisions about managing long-term care become increasingly important as we age. Choices will have to be made about your care (or your loved one’s care). …

Magnolia Trees in Full Bloom on the Lower East Side

Magnolia blooms lesIt’s official. The Magnolia Trees are kicking off spring 2021, and are in full bloom on the Lower East Side.  Thanks to Andrea Difiore for this photo, taken at Corlears Hook Park.

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Little Parade Community Pop-Up Comes to 48 Hester Street (Sponsored)

Come try something new this weekend at Little Parade, a neighborhood pop-up event at 48 Hester St. This community market will feature the bold …

An Easter Rally Against Asian Hate at Kimlau Square

Kimlau Sqare Roger BultotRoger Bultot sent along this photo from a rally against Asian hate and discrimination earlier today at Kimlau Square (Corner of East Broadway and Bowery).

Illuminate NYC: COVID-19 installation at The Canvas. Photo by Alex Contell

Illuminate NYC Project Shares COVID-19 Data Through Creative Design

“Illuminate NYC: COVID-19,” a creative and informative LED Light Art Installation, developed by the team at the Illuminate Cities Project Collective, is currently on display in the storefront at State Assemblyman Harvey Epstein’s office at 107 Ave. B, from 10am – 11pm, through May 17th, 2021. …

This Month CB3 Revisits East River Park Plans, Public Hotel Liquor Permits

Pier 42 Rendering by Matthews Nielsen Architects.

Pier 42 Rendering by Matthews Nielsen Architects.

Here are some of the topics Community Board 3 will be taking up throughout the month of April.

–On Thursday, April 15 the parks and waterfront committee will be briefed on the latest plans for Pier 42, where a park and recreational area will be taking shape in the months ahead. The city recently kicked off construction after years of delays. There will also be updates on the resiliency plans along the waterfront, both above Montgomery Street and below.

–At a committee meeting on Thursday, April 8 there be a presentation by the Asian American Federation on anti-Asian violence — available resources for reporting incidents and strategies for combating the rise in hate crimes.

–At the landmarks committee on Monday, April 12 the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative will outline requests for evaluation for the headquarters’ of University Settlement and Educational Alliance and the former Young Men’s Benevolent Association, currently Mikvah of the Lower East Side, at 311 East Broadway.

–On Tuesday, April 13, there will be an update on outreach efforts for the Avenue C protected bike lane and discussion of new parking regulations along South Street.

–And on April 14 and 19, the board will take up pending liquor license applications. On April 19, they will be considering various requested changes in the liquor permits at the Public Hotel on Chrystie Street. That could be a lengthy and potentially contentious affair.

For full details and to access links for all virtual meetings, visit CB3’s website.

"Mine," by Shayna Strype, opens at Dixon Place, with a live/in-person option, on April 21, 2021

Dixon Place Announces Return to Live, In-Person Performances Beginning April 21st

Dixon Place will be offering a package of four new Spring 2021 Productions beginning April 21, with limited in-person seating available for three of the shows. …

Lower East Side Links

–The latest on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which is set to begin later this spring. [NY1]

–As you can probably tell by construction noise echoing through the neighborhood, excavation is well under way for two new towers on the grave of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [New York Yimby]

–Checking in on Chinatown Block Watch, which was created one year ago. [Curbed]

–A heartfelt conversation with the local students who created The Dragon Kids podcast and have been dealing with anti-Asian hatred on an all-too frequent basis. [NPR]

–Shots rang out on Ludlow Street last week and a 23-year old man was shot in the leg. [Channel 7]

–The Pyramid Club is yet another pandemic casualty. [EV Grieve]

–While restaurants are now allowed to fill their dining rooms to 50% capacity, it’s not a magic bullet for many struggling eating establishments. Jay Lue of Thailicious says business has not really improved because the restaurant is so dependent on college students, tourists and office workers, who have not yet returned; “It’s like a ghost town, like not people walking around here. So it’s very hard for us.” [NPR]

–But some entrepreneurs aren’t scared away by the economic hard times. One restaurant group has opened two new spots on the Lower East Side. [New York Post]

–Chinatown’s Abacus Federal Savings Bank has survived many crises, the most recent of which are the pandemic and rising anti-Asian violence and harassment. [Next City]

–Plans are underway for a night market at Forsyth Plaza. [Bedford & Bowery]

–A look at the latest battle to rezone Soho, and the continuing debates around neighborhood character, the lack of affordable housing and lack of diversity. [The New York Times]

–A stylish pop-up housewares shop has opened on Ludlow Street. [Vogue]

–High praise for Fat Choi, the Chinese vegan spot on Broome Street. [Eater]