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In October, CB3 Will Discuss NYC Ferry Service, Proposed Grand Street Towers

Here’s a look at some of the topics Community Board 3 will be digging into next month.

–On Thursday, Oct. 15, members of the …





Lower East Side Links

–A state judge blocks construction of a new jail in Chinatown, saying the city did not follow its own land use procedures. The city says it will appeal. [The City]

–The number of NYC schools in which a staffer has tested positive for COVID-19 has now gone over 150.  The Seward Park high school complex was closed on Friday for 24 hours after two staff members tested positive. [New York Post]

–A man was taken into custody after an infant was found unconscious in an apartment at the Vladeck Houses. [Channel 11]

–The cops busted a karaoke party at a bar on the Bowery where 70 people were flouting COVID-19 rules. [Daily News]

–A look at how Latino communities across the city are doing in responding to the 2020 Census. Some of the highest participation rates are on the Lower East Side. [Gothamist]

–The newly renovated Luther Gulick Park was featured on local cable news. [NY1]

–City workers are apparently closing some parks, including Seward Park, earlier than the posted closure times. [New York Post]

–It’s a rat fest in an empty lot at Hester and Chrystie streets. [Gothamist]





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The Black Veldt, a Lower East Side Horror Story, is Now Available on Amazon (Sponsored)

Jose Carvel is a scumbag. But he wants to be a better person. The degenerate writer and former ward of state is trying to recreate himself in the slums of the Lower East Side, yet his past won’t stop haunting him. …

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More Than a Decade in the Making: Refurbished Luther Gulick Park Now Open

We could all use some good news, right? Well, here’s some. This weekend saw the long awaited debut of the newly refurbished Luther Gulick …

Lower East Side Links

–Repairs on the Rutgers Tube mean service disruptions for the F train on nights and weekends. [Daily News]

–Parents are reeling after the mayor changes his school reopening plan once again. One neighborhood school building, P.S. 63, where windows aren’t fully working, was cited last week as an example of the safety issues plaguing DOE facilities across the city. [Channel 2]

–A bowling alley on the Lower East Side: “The Gutter” soft opens at Essex Crossing, [The Gutter LES]

–The mayor extends his “open streets” outdoor dining initiative to weekdays. Several Lower East Side streets are affected. [Eater]

–Awkwafina announces she’ll be supporting groups dedicated to helping devastated small businesses across NYC. In a social media post, Awkwafina talks about her grandmother, “a seamstress on the Lower East Side,” who lived in a building on lower Orchard Street. “To see what the pandemic has done to my city, and especially its Chinatowns is devastating,” she explains. “With a rising rate of xenophobic hate crimes, and an economic standstill leading to closures of legendary New York staples that I grew up with. I owe it to my family to help struggling businesses during this time.” [Instagram]

–A construction barrier is the latest headache for the struggling Punjabi Deli. [EV Grieve]

–The Times’ “Overlooked No More” series pays tribute to suffragette Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. Only recently, the post office on Doyers Street in Chinatown was named for her. [The New York Times]

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Fire Breaks out at 301-303 Grand St.; Fundraiser Supports Grand Tea and Imports

Just after midnight on Thursday, a big fire broke out at 301-303 Grand St., a 3 story building at Allen Street. …

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International Center for Photography Announces Reopening

Now that city-wide COVID-19 public gathering restrictions are slowly easing up, the International Center for Photography (ICP) plans to re-open their new space at …

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Mission Chinese Calls it Quits on East Broadway

The popular restaurant Mission Chinese Food has announced they will close their East Broadway location at the end of September. In a note on their Instagram feed, they posted: “During this pandemic, restaurants have experienced challenges unlike any other industry. We have had to fight to save our businesses and jobs while making the case for our very existence… …

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West Coast Fire Haze Clouds NYC Skies

New York City’s skies dulled to shades of yellows, greens and grays recently, clouded by smoke blown in from West Coast wildfires. …

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Karpoff Affiliates wishes you a Happy, Health and Safe New Year. Karpoff Affiliates is your single stop for senior life transitions and real estate …

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The Public Theater Brings Back Monthly Civic Salons, Online

The Public Theater is bringing back their monthly “Civic Salons,” starting tomorrow night, Sept. 14th at 7pm, with an online “Civic Keynote” by actress, …

Lower East Side Links

–City Council Member Carlina Rivera is calling for the extension of legislation protecting both residential and commercial tenants during the pandemic. [Daily News]

–There are continuing concerns that the economic hardships brought on by the pandemic will wipe away Chinatown’s distinctive character. [NY1]

–No surprise here — the Post’s editorial board cheers the latest victory for developers scheming to build 80-story towers on the Lower East Side. [New York Post]

–Madonna is working on a biopic that will, among other things, “talk about Andy [Warhol], and Keith [Haring], and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Burgoyne and the whole coming up as an artist in Manhattan, downtown, Lower East Side.” [Consequence of Sound]

–Make sure our neighborhood gets the resources it needs! 10 questions, 10 minutes: complete the census before it’s too late, [My2020Census.org]

–Taco Mix, which has a location on Delancey Street, is managing to expand in other parts of the city in spite of the pandemic. [Channel 7]

–On Wednesday, you have a chance to tell Community Board 3 what budget priorities it should push for in the coming year. [CB3]

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Artists Alliance Offers 2-for-1 Voter Registration and Census Drive at Essex Market

The Artists Alliance team is offering a 2-in-1 voter registration and census completion drive two days this month. On Saturday, Sept. 12th and Sunday, …

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New Date: March For Our Schools & Our Lives Sept. 17

Here’s an event that was supposed to take place last week but was postponed due to the rain. Parents and students from District 1 …

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