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New York Times: Ethnicity a Factor in Battle For Silver’s Assembly Seat

The campaign to fill Sheldon Silver’s former seat in the New York State Assembly is attracting quite a bit of citywide attention. This afternoon, …

2013 Rendering shows the Market Line on Sites 2, 3 and 4 of Essex Crossing.

Essex Crossing Developers Reach Out to Chinatown Businesses

2013 Rendering shows the Market Line on Sites 2, 3 and 4 of Essex Crossing.

As the Essex Crossing project begins to take shape …

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–Lisa Cooley, the influential Norfolk Street gallery, has closed. “Although this chapter is ending,” Cooley wrote in an email blast,  “another one is right around the corner—more sustainable, more rewarding, and more interesting.” [Art News]

–Kirill Nikonov and Kaimi Huang pay more than $1500 per month for their Orchard Street apartment. But they have now sued the building owner, arguing that the apartment can’t legally be rented for more than $199.15/month. [New York Post]

–GPS helped track down a stolen van owned by Demar Plumbling, which is located on Attorney Street.  It’s not the first time GPS technology has tripped up the man charged with taking the vehicle, although he says its a case of mistaken identity. [New York Times]

–In her memoir, Dana Brown revisits her “heroin-infused slog” through the Lower East Side in the 1990s. Now a drug addiction counselor in North Carolina, Brown credits two New York City police officers for helping to save her life. [Daily News]

–A conversation with Justin Levinson, the creator of an interactive map that tracks “high rent blight” in New York City. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

–It was meant to be a viral prank. An aspiring actress explains why she dropped crickets in worms in a D train car. [Gothamist]

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Former Rivington House Resident Tells His Story

45 Rivington St.

News reporters across the city have spent the past several months digging into the details of the Rivington House scandal. But …

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Monday, August 29, 2016 | Joel Raskin took this photo on Grand Street in Chinatown about a month ago. | Weather: Partly cloudy this morning followed by afternoon sunshine and a high of 93. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


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Lower East Side Links

–On the Times’ editorial page, Lawrence Downes observes the “Winds of Change on the Lower East Side.” Yes, the citywide news media are still taking an interest in the battle for Shelly Silver’s old assembly seat. “If (current Assemblywoman) Alice Cancel has qualifications for the job, she kept them well hidden,” he wrote after taking in Tuesday night’s candidate forum in the 65th Assembly District. [New York Times].

–Live crickets on the D Train! Panic over the Manhattan Bridge!  [Channel 2]

–A 12,000 square foot food and retail hall, the Canal Street Market, is opening in October. Developer Philip Chong says the new venture is meant to bring the “gourmet-minded” and “young, energetic downtown creatives” to the area. [Eater]

–Another look at the Tenement Museum’s new exhibition opening next year. [DNA Info]

–New York Central Art Supply closes Sept. 2. [EV Grieve]

–Blogger Richard Silverstein writes: “The (Jewish Daily) Forward has some hard thinking to do. Does it wish to become a Jewish version of Buzzfeed, featuring endless listicles about kosher food and hasbara? Or does it wish to maintain its record of journalistic excellence? It can’t do both.” [Mint Press]

–Photos: 190 Bowery scrubbed clean. [Gothamist]

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Friday, August 26, 2016 | David Sierra took this photo of Doyers Street in the heart of Chinatown. | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with possible afternoon showers and a high of 94. Sunny and 89 tomorrow. Sunny with a high of 86 on Sunday. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.


Silver Will Stay Out of Prison Until Appeal is Heard (Updated)

Sheldon Silver will remain a free man for at least a few more weeks. He was supposed to start serving a 12-year prison sentence at the end of this month after being convicted on federal corruption charges. …

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Streetwear Pioneer, Reed Space, is Closing Orchard Street Store in September

The pioneering streetwear/lifestyle brand, Reed Space, is leaving Orchard Street after 15 years. …

247 Cherry St.. Rendering by SHoP Architects.

Followup: JDS Development’s Tower in Two Bridges Area is No Longer “On Hold”

Earlier this week we reported that there was confusion in the Two Bridges neighborhood over the fate of a development site at 247 Cherry St. Today there’s more clarity about the situation. …

Lower East Side Links

–A TV reporter takes a ride to the top of Essex Crossing site 6. [NY1]

–One local resident has mapped the vacant storefronts of Manhattan. [AMNY]

–A new report says “ride-sharing services, dedicated bus lanes and even aerial gondolas high over the East River” would help reduce the impact of the looming L Train shutdown. [Wall Street Journal]

–Jay Wegman of the Abrons Arts Center talks about his 10 years as creative director. He’s moving on after putting in place the new fall programming schedule. [Village Voice]

–“Truth or Dare,” the 1991 documentary chronicling Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The film begins a 7-night run at the Metrograph Theater tomorrow. [New York Times]

–Sweating it Out: A place called HigherDOSE has opened on the Bowery. It’s an infrared sauna center in which visitors endure temperatures of of 157 degrees. [New York Times]


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(Audio) 65th Assembly District Candidate Forum

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On Sept. 13, Democrats competing to replace Sheldon Silver in Albany will participate in a primary election. Five …