Three Candidates Vye to Lead Community Board 3

Gigi Li is relinquishing her position as board chairperson after four years (new rules prevent her from running for a fifth one-year term). Last night, three candidates were nominated for chairperson. …

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Beth Israel is Closing; Smaller Hospital Planned on 2nd Avenue

Beth Israel Hospital, a fixture on the Lower East Side since 1889, is shuttering its 16th Street building and opening a much smaller facility …

Lower East Side Links

–An advisor to the deputy mayor for health and human services, emails show, was in communication with Rivington House’s owner in late 2014. The new evidence indicates “a growing circle of people around the mayor was made aware of developments around the complicated sale.” [Politico New York]

–This morning at City Hall, City Council member Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer unveil legislation meant to prevent another Rivington House debacle. [New York Post]

–The mayor was initially resisting direct contact with the people but has now embraced interaction with New Yorkers as a way of circumventing the mainstream media. [Newsday]

–Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is asking the MTA to study a bus-only 14th Street while the L Train is shut doen. [Streetsblog]

–The Lightstone Group is planning a 300 room hotel on East 11th Street. [The Real Deal]

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Here’s a shot of East River Park near the Williamsburg Bridge | Weather: Are you ready for summer? Sunny skies today with a high of 89 | Get The Morning Lo-Down every weekday – fresh Lower East Side news delivered to your in-box. Sign up here.


Annual Loisaida Festival Returns This Sunday

The annual Loisaida Festival returns on Sunday, May 29, for its 29th year of celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino culture and heritage throughout the …

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Now Open: Les Enfants Delice Takeaway Shop

Les Enfants de Bohème opened for business at 177 Henry St. last summer on a block with few dining options. The new project from …

Renderings from: Seward Park Conservancy.

Seward Park a Winner of “Parks Without Borders” Competition

A local organization, the Seward Park Conservancy, launched a robust campaign for a piece of a $40 million pie that will be divided among eight recipients. …

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Help Redesign the Corlears Hook Park Dog Run Thursday Night

On Thursday evening, the NYC Parks Department is hosting a public meeting on the Lower East Side to discuss the renovation of the dog …

Protest at 445 East 9th St.; May 9.

Following Protest, Icon Realty Hires “Chief Safety Officer”

Protest at 445 East 9th St.; May 9.

Earlier this month, residents, elected officials and activists at the Cooper Square Committee raised their voices …

East Side women discussing price of meat. Photo by Bain News Service, [1910 April].

Tomorrow Night: Help Recreate the Great Meat Boycott of 1902

East Side women discussing price of meat. Photo by Bain News Service, [1910 April].

There are only a few days left to celebrate Lower East …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo on East Broadway | Weather: Showers this morning with some thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and a high of 71 | Get The Morning Lo-Down every weekday – fresh Lower East Side news delivered to your in-box. Sign up here.

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Paul Newell Launches Campaign For State Assembly Seat

Just last month, voters elected Alice Cancel to serve the remainder of Sheldon Silver’s two-year term in the New York State Assembly. But a …

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Gigi Li Kicks Off Campaign For State Assembly Seat

The lull in the campaign for the 65th Assembly District is over. After Alice Cancel won a special election last month to serve the …

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Photos: Celebrating 76 Years at the Essex Street Market

The threat of rain didn’t keep many people away from the Essex Street Market this past Saturday. The turnout was strong for a block …

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Neighbors on High Alert After Workers Spotted at Rivington House (Updated)

The Department of Buildings imposed a stop work order on the former Rivington House facility April 5, and the controversial site has been mostly …