Lower East Side Links

–The fourth and final public engagement session was held over the weekend for the looming Two Bridges development plans. [City Limits]

–Smaller galleries, including some on the Lower East Side, are calling it quits. What’s going on? “Lately the trend toward an intensely commercial and competitive art market has resulted in a critical mass of galleries folding, moving or merging.”  [New York Times]

–The Dry Dock basketball courts are going to be closed for repairs this week. [EV Grieve]

–Reminder: Tonight’s the night the Two Bridges area will be on lockdown due to the NBA Awards Show at Basketball City. Full Story on The Lo-Down.

–Coming up on Friday, Invisible Exports (on Eldridge Street) will be showing some of Alan Vega’s final paintings. [New York Times]

–Jean Georges has opened his restaurants inside the new Public Hotel Here’s a look at some of the dishes. [Grub Street]

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Bicyclist Injured in Collision on Canal Street

A taxi driver struck a bicyclist in Chinatown this morning. …

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Citi Bike Station at Canal and Rutgers Street Will Be Temporarily Removed Today

Here’s a service alert from Citi Bike. The station at Canal and Rutgers Street will be temporarily removed today.

As previously reported, the station …


65-Year-Old Man Assaulted at Delancey Street Train Station

Police are trying to track down a suspect who assaulted a 65-year-old man in the Delancey Street subway station last week. …

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Monday, June 26, 2017 | Summertime in the city! Shonelle Cooper-Caplan took this photo over the weekend in Seward Park. | Weather: Mostly sunny today with a high of 80. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Hanksy Brings Street Art Inside For Last Days of Old Essex Market Building

We checked in with local street artist, punster and curator, Hanksy, this morning as he and fellow street artists were putting final touches on their full scale murals for the upcoming show, “Market Surplus.” …

Lower East Side Links

–Headline of the day: “Subsidized complex turns itself into a gated community.” This is probably not how the board of Masaryk Towers hoped to be starting the day. Columnist Ginia Bellafonte chews the scenery on the Lower East Side, observing, “The instinct to shun and exclude comes all too naturally in the human spirit.” She then goes on to invoke Jacob Riis and “How the Other Half Lives.” [New York Times]

–A city EMT, apparently a Hells Angel, has been arrested for allegedly slashing someone’s tires outside the group’s East Third Street clubhouse. [New York Post]

–Katz’s Deli is snapping up spaces in New Jersey for its expanding mail order business. [Rutherford Daily Voice]

–Apparently everyone’s got to have a pair of David Chang’s Momokuku Nike high tops. [Eater]

–Tiki on 12th. The East Village Independent Merchants Association is throwing a party tomorrow. [EV Grieve]

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Seward Park Art Installation Opens Saturday With LES Historical Discussion

You may have noticed artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong’s In Retrospect, a piece recently installed in front of the Seward Park Library. Coming up tomorrow …

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Friday, June 23, 2017 | We’re suckers for a rainbow. Jeremy Bolger took this photo on Division Street after this past Monday’s storm. | Weather: Cloudy skies today with rain showers expected and a high of 84. Morning rain tomorrow with a high of 89. Sunny on Sunday and 85. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Mayor is Urged to Use His Influence on Rivington House Developers

Mayor de Blasio bristled at a Lower East Side town hall meeting last night when the inevitable question came about his administration’s handling of Rivington House. …

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Sometimes City Hall Moves Fast: Clinton Street Traffic Agents on the Job Today

At last night’s town hall meeting hosted by Mayor de Blasio on the Lower East Side, local residents asked all sorts of questions about big picture issues, as well as hyperlocal concerns. …

Lower East Side Links

–Mayor de Blasio came to the Lower East Side last night for a town hall meeting. We’ll have the full story later today. A few highlights: In response to complaints about traffic congestion at Clinton and Grand streets, the mayor instructed NYPD officials to place a traffic agent at the intersection as soon as today; De Blasio became testy when quizzed about Rivington House, and he said his administration is committed to replacing 200 beds lost due the loss of the onetime nursing facility; the mayor blamed the large-scale towers under review in the Two Bridges area on previous administrations and said there’s nothing that can be done to stop the projects. You can watch the full video from last night’s town hall here.

–“The mayor “stormed out of a town hall meeting (on the Lower East Side) just as the state legislature was about to adjourn for the summer without renewing mayoral control of New York City’s schools.” [New York Post]

–An affiliate of Shorenstein Properties purchased a 12-story rental building, 200 East 11th St., for $57 million. The property sold for the same amount in 2013, but the previous owner sold a retail condo in the building for $25 million a couple of years ago. [The Real Deal]

–After more than two decades, the Polish G.I. Deli on First Avenue is closing. [Eater]

–Council member Rosie Mendez’s legislation banning the use of wild animals in circus performances was approved. [Observer]

–More on the Tenement Museum’s new leader. [Tablet]

–Metropolitan Diary: Crossing Houston Street. [New York Times]

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24-Year-Old Man Indicted in Connection With Brutal Forsyth Street Attack

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reports that a 24-year-old man has been indicted in connection with a vicious attack on a 61-year-old woman near Sara D. Roosevelt Park last month. …