Supermoon Sighting on the Lower East Side

COVID_Supermoon2020Thanks to Dave Bolotsky for sending along this photo of the pink “supermoon” as it was rising across the East River. Last night’s full moon was the largest, or closest to earth in its orbit, that we’ll see  this year.

Coronavirus PPE

Local Collective Creates Initiative to Help With the NYC Medical Gear Shortage

Here’s a local group of a group of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and product managers inspired by Governor Cuomo’s call to action. If you can …

Keeping NYC’s Healthcare Workers in Mind


A sign, draped over the Delancey Street overpass, says it all in these days of COVID-19.  Photo from LES resident Tommy Loeb, who writes: “Thank You from Lower East Side Community.”


Burglary at Grand Street Settlement’s Rutgers Community Center

Unfortunate news from our friends at Grand Street Settlement: Here is a media alert about a burglary that took place at Grand St. Settlement’s …

Clap Because We Care Coronavirus

7pm on the Lower East Side, “Clap Because We Care”

New York City residents hunkered down at home are honoring the health care and essential workers who are on the front lines, during this …

Lower East Side Links

–Laundromats are essential, but many of them, including Delancey Laundromat on the Lower East Side, have chosen to shutter. [The City]

— The New Museum has furloughed 41 members up its 150 person staff. [Artforum]

–A virtual visit with the Lower East Side’s Clayton Patterson and Elsa Rensaa as they endure the social isolation brought on by COVID-19. [NY1]

–State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou says the new state budget falls far short of her community’s expectations. [YouTube]

–After losing one more appeal, Sheldon Silver will be sentenced June 25 for a kickback scheme involving real estate developers. [Daily News]

–“First to feel COVID-19’s impact, Chinatown is first to deliver aid for small businesses. [Next City]

–Community Board 3’s April meetings, live via Zoom. [CB3]

–The Clinton Street club, Caveat, is learning all about the perils and promise of live comedy shows on Zoom. [The New Yorker]

–A plug for the freshly ground horseradish for Passover from the Pickle Guys, but you better hurry. The Lower East Side shop will be closing for awhile after April 7. [New York Times, Instagram]

–After closing for a few days, Odessa on Avenue A is back open. [EV Grieve]

The swings at Sol Lain Playground were empty April 2. Photo by Kari Jensen.

Coronavirus Update: Coping with Cutbacks and Closures

New Yorkers looked for ways to make life more tolerable this week, amid continued cutbacks and closures during coronavirus lockdown. …

Falcon Break


Thanks to Rosella Albanese for sending along this view from her balcony.


Tompkins Square Library Offering Online Programming

Tompkins Square Library is joining the Zoom revolution with some great options for the whole family, online. They write: ‘Here are a few programs …


Fill Out the 2020 Census Online Now (Sponsored)

Live in NYC? Yes, YOU… fill out the census! There are NO questions about immigration or citizenship. Complete it in less than 10 minutes at: …


Shuttered and Hunkered Down on the LES

Kristopher Valdez (@travelingcoastie) sent along these photos of a COVID-19 quiet Lower East Side on Allen and Rivington Streets.


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Arts Organizations Turn to Online Streaming for Some Events During Coronavirus Outbreak

Live music and performance venues have been hit hard during the corona virus outbreak. Having to shut their doors has no doubt done painful economic damage. Here’s a roundup of local venues that are offering online events: …

A Few Recent Photos From the Lower East Side and Chinatown

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Pell Street, Friday Afternoon


Tessa Huxley took this photo Friday at 1 p.m. on Pell Street in Chinatown.

Lower East Side Links

–A homeless man who reported to Beth Israel Hospital for a coronavirus test was told to self-isolate.  He explained to hospital staff that this was impossible because he was staying at the New York City Rescue Mission. A spokesperson at the Bowery Mission, which runs the shelter, declined to comment on the case, but said space is set aside for self-isolation and people with coronavirus symptoms would be separated from other residents. [Daily News]

–More than 400 people are showing up for meals at the Bowery Mission, up from an average of 250 during normal times. [Channel 2]

–Neighborhood clinics, like Betances Community Health Center on the Lower East Side, are on the front lines as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. [Channel 11]

–Spectrum relents after shutting off internet service for families with old debts. The internet access is needed to facilitate online learning during the coronavirus crisis. [Chalkbeat]

–As the rent bill comes due in just a few days, some art galleries are already receiving threatening warnings from their landlords indicating they will be shown no mercy. [Hyperallergic]

–Truman Lam talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the future of his family’s business,  Chinatown restaurant Jing Fong, which was forced to temporarily close earlier this month. [NPR]

–Economy Candy is among many local businesses concentrating on online sales after being forced to close Brik-and-mortar locations. [Channel 7]

–Veniero’s has made the decision to temporarily close after today. [EV Grieve]