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Thai Darling, Wayla, Opens “Little Wayla” Takout Shop Next Door

The popular Thai restaurant and garden, Wayla, from Erika Chou and Tom Naumsuwan, (100 Forsyth Street) has opened their upstairs “takeout shop,” serving Thai …

Nehemiah Luckett in “Jazz Singer,” an experimental reinterpretation of the 1927 movie “The Jazz Singer.” Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Abrons Arts Center Announces 2019-2020 Season

Abrons Arts Center has announced its new season touting a schedule that includes: 15 Premieres 7 Genre-extending movement-based performances 6 Powerful visual arts exhibitions 3 Conversation-sparking events and celebrations 3 Engaging music shows 2 Family-friendly events 2 Three-day music and art festivals …

Photo from Rabbit House's Facebook page.

Rabbit House Adds Second Location at 41 Essex St.

Rabbit House, the little Japanese-style tapas/sake spot across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, is opening a second location at 41 Essex St. …

Lower East Side Links

–A hearing on the mayor’s borough-based jail plan drew angry protests this week. [Gothamist]

–Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer thinks the local community needs more time to respond to the city’s East Side Coastal Resiliency plan. [Patch]

–Remembering the legendary Steve Cannon, founder of “A Gathering of the Tribes.” [Villager]

–On Saturday, Hester Street Fair brings back its “Test Kitchen” competition, devoted to new concepts and dishes. There’s a great lineup of local judges including Kiki Karamintzas (Kiki’s), Zac Behaj (Lucien), Din Yates (Cheeky Sandwiches) and Yudai Kanayama (Izakaya). There will also be a full slate of regular HSF vendors. [Facebook]

–Lower East Side restaurants are well represented in Bon Appetit’s “New York 100.” [Bon Appetit]

–Hilltop Bicycles is taking a space in Essex Crossing, just a few steps from the Williamsburg Bridge. [Instagram]

–A neon green Louis Vuitton pop-up comes to 100 Rivington St. over the weekend. It features styles from Virgil Abloh’s FW19 men’s collection. [Hypebeast]

It’s “I’ll Have What She’s Having” Day at Katz’s Deli. Here’s a look back at that famous scene from, “When Harry Met Sally,” 30 years later. [Washington Post]

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Get Your Free Bike Helmet at Sara D. Roosevelt Park Sunday, July 21

The city (Council Member Margaret Chin via DOT, Vision Zero, NYC Parks) is offering free bike helmets at a fitting and distribution event at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Pit …

The existing Manhattan Detention Complex is located on White Street in Chinatown.

City Planning Commission Holds Hearing Today on Borough-Based Jail Plan

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing today on the mayor’s controversial borough-based jail plan. The proposal calls for replacing facilities on Rikers Island with four large prisons in NYC neighborhoods …

Seen in East River Park

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Good morning! Andrea DiFiore spotted echinacea growing in East River Park.

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe Hosts 7th Annual Block Party This Saturday

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe hosts their 7th Annual Block Party this Saturday, July 13th, from 11am to 5pm on 3rd Street, between Aves. B …

Image: Nick Lawrence, Soto Family apartment, October 1969. Silver gelatin print.

Cuchifritos Project Examines Essex Crossing (SPURA) History

Now that the Artists Alliance gallery and project space, Cuchifritos, is settled in at the new Essex Market at 88 Essex Street, they are taking a close look into some of the history of this new location (formerly known as SPURA, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area). …

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East River Fireworks

Susan Levinson sent along some nice shots of the fireworks from Independence Day, 2019!

On Orchard Street


Good morning! Here’s a recent photo showing a section of upper Orchard Street.

Rendering of latest East River coastal resiliency scheme.

Community Board 3 in July: More East River Resiliency Talks, Essex Crossing Land Use Changes

Rendering of latest East River coastal resiliency scheme.

Before we head off for the Fourth of July holiday, here’s a look at what’s happening …

Lower East Side Links

–Select Bus Service began on 14th Street today, but without a car-restricted busway after a judge put that part of the plan on hold. [Channel 7]

–A man was killed in the stairwell of a Mott Street building while trying to move a safe. [Channel 4]

–A victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed at the La Guardia Houses. [Daily News]

–The city is studying whether to bring protected bike lanes to avenues A, B, C and D. [Patch]

–A new report from NYC’s comptroller documents the sorry state of the city’s park bathrooms. The worst bathrooms are on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown. [Gothamist]

–It’s a New York City Pride March tradition — 95-year-old Lower East Side icon Fran Goldin has been toting this sign at the march for 40 years: “I Adore My Lesbian Daughters — Keep Them Safe.” [New York Times]

–“Defacement’: The Untold Story” at the Guggenheim — Basquiat’s memorial to a Lower East Side graffiti artist. [The New Yorker]

Rainbow Over the East River


Good morning. Here’s a fitting photo to close out Pride Weekend, courtesy of Alain Levitt.