Work by graffiti artist KATSU, featured in a new show at The Hole. Photo via  @theholenyc on Instagram.

Lower East Side Art Galleries Tackle Online Openings, Social Distancing and Outdoor Viewing

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, here in New York City, a few gallerists are slowly attempting to re-open, while creatively tackling safety and social distance guidelines. …


Restaurants Improvise to Survive and Step Up Campaign For Bailout

New York’s restaurants are in the midst of a fight for survival. With indoor dining prohibited for the foreseeable future, the situation is dire. …

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Lower East Side Links

–Jesse Malin predicts very few NYC nightlife venues will survive COVID-19 without government intervention: “We need real financial help from the federal government, like they just did in Britain with the $2 billion dollar bailout. The government needs to acknowledge that the arts are essential to our culture, community and growth.” [Rolling Stone]

–A co-owner of Beverly’s, the tiny Essex Street bar, talks about the reasons for closing the space as the COVID-19 crisis drags on. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Residents have been complaining about a growing homeless encampment on Monroe Street. [NY1]

–Real estate developer Jeffrey Wu files for bankruptcy, throwing the fate of several properties into question, including a commercial condo housing Hong Kong Supermarket on Elizabeth Street. [The Real Deal]

–Activists in Chinatown are cheering a short-term victory in their battle to stop a new jail complex, as the city’s financial woes force a postponement of funding to close Rikers Island. [Sing Tao Daily via City Limits]

–More virtual meetings are ahead from Community Board 3 next week. On Tuesday, staff from the Department of Transportation will answer questions about the new rules regarding outdoor dining. And on Thursday, there will be discussion at the Parks/Waterfront committee about the use of the Basketball City as a taxi staging area. [CB3]

–As restaurants fight for survival, new spots are still opening. Robert Sietsema visits Public Village on Essex Street, which is showcasing Dongbei and Sichuan cuisine. [Eater]

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(Photos) Outdoor Dining on the Lower East Side

Both customers and restaurant owners were eager to give outdoor dining a try this week. Some businesses had more elaborate setups than others, and …


Congressional, State Races in Limbo Until Absentee Votes Are Counted

COVID-19 has upended just about everything in our lives. It was no different in New York’s primary election this past Tuesday. Since so many …

Lower East Side Links

–After a January fire, demolition permits have been filed for 70 Mulberry. [New York Yimby]

–Inside the struggle to save artifacts from the Museum of Chinese in America. [Post Magazine]

–Outdoor dining: Pete Wells had trouble finding a table earlier this week on an escursion to the Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–A walk through the Lower East Side on the first day that outdoor dining was allowed. [Business Insider]

–City Council member Carlina Rivera co-authors an op/ed calling for the city to embrace Community Land Trusts. [Gotham Gazette]

–A day in the life of Veselka [Eater]

–Photos from the 26th Annual Drag March. [EV Grieve]


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"Running to Protest" participants head north along the East River. All photos by Kari Jensen.

Speaking Out for Racial Justice on the Lower East Side

As racial justice protests continue here in New York City, here is a look at one of the recent events that took place at the East River Park Amphitheater. …

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As businesses continue to reinvent themselves during these Coronavirus days, local favorite, Economy Candy has launched a fun endeavor. …

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Lower East Side Film Fest Announces 2020 Jury Award Winners

The 2020 Lower East Side Film Festival is coming to a close online and the jury has selected this year’s winners. Top honors went to Rachel Beth Anderson and Timothy Grucza’s “Unschooled,” a feature documentary that follows three inner-city high school students as they embark on …


Starting Monday, Restaurants Begin Adapting to New Outdoor Dining Rules

Restaurants have been clamoring for permission from the city to open outdoor spaces for dining, and on Monday they get their wish. As part …

Lower East Side Links

–Sheldon Silver will be sentenced once again next month on federal corruption charges. While he was sentenced on two previous occasions, the former Lower East Side assemblyman remained free while a lengthy appeals process played out. Some of the charges were thrown out. [Daily News]

–Another look at the battle for the 65th Assembly District between Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and challenger Grace Lee: “While the two candidates don’t appear to disagree on much politically, the race looks like a test of whether a well-financed challenger seizing on hyper-local issues can motivate enough voters to overcome a broadly popular incumbent.” [Gotham Gazette]

–Niou and Lee participated in a recent debate. [Gotham Gazette]

–In a NY1 debate, incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was on the defensive. [NY1]

–The city has launched a more user-friendly affordable housing website. [NY1]

–Information about voting in New York’s Primary on Tuesday. []

–It’s not your imagination, there are a lot more instances of illegal fireworks in the city this summer. Complaints are way up. [New York Times]

–The rock-n-roll boutique, “I Need More,” will close next month following owner Jimmy Webb’s death. [EV Grieve]

–The M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden wasn’t able to hold its annual Juneteenth commemoration this week, but organizers are sharing the back story of how the event came into existence on the Lower East Side. [Instagram]

–Students at P.S. 126 create an award-winning podcast in tune with the COVID-19 era. [NPR]

–Bao gets a Bahamian-style spin at Bun Hut, a little spot near Stanton and Attorney streets. [Eater]