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Julia Testa Florist is a Local Favorite (Sponsored)

Julia Testa has specialized in events and flower delivery since day one. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn and parts of Queens.

They create some of …

Lower East Side Links

–Quarters, the German co-living firm, has filed for bankruptcy. One of the buildings it leased is located at 324 Grand St. [The Real Deal]

–Legislation championed by Council Member Margaret Chin to lift the cap on street vendors for the first time in 40 years is expected to be approved next week. [The City]

–For awhile it looked like Sheldon Silver might have secured a last-minute pardon from Donald Trump, just a few months after finally reporting to prison to serve a 6.5 year sentence for public corruption. But in the end, he did not make the cut. [Gothamist]

–Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of the Lower East Side, urges the Biden administration to help finally enact the Equal Rights Amendment. [AM New York]

–Big Gay Ice Cream founders say so long to East 7th Street, explaining, “The batteries have gone a bit dim on that street. The empty storefronts (kept vacant by landlords working tax breaks) that plague the city have settled in. It ain’t what it was. We decided that even if the shop managed to make it through “the COVID thing” it would never truly recover.” They hope to open a new East Village or Lower East Side location in the future. [EV Grieve]

–A year after a fire nearly destroyed its archives, the Museum of Chinese in America debuts a new digital platform. [The Art Newspaper]

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Red Empire State Building Honoring Lives Lost to COVID

Thanks to Susan Levinson for sending this photo from last night. The Empire State Building was pulsing red to honor the 400,000 Americans who …

Activism on the Lower East Side

Justice - by Ben Meyers

A visual reminder that the LES has always been a place of activism. Ben Meyers sent us this photo, taken yesterday, across from Seward Park at the corner of Essex and Canal, on Martin Luther King day.

A still from Autumn. 2017. Directed by Ernie Gehr, via MoMA's website.

“Lower East Side Trilogy” Comes to MoMA

Three recent pieces by avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr’s “Lower East Side Trilogy” is screening online at MoMA. Autumn (completed 2017), Aproposessexstreetmarket (2018), and Circling Essex Crossing (2018). MoMA describes the trilogy as a sequel to Gehr’s Essex Street Quartet, currently screening in an installation on the Museum’s fourth floor. …


DOT Orders Yopparai Ronin to Shut Down Outdoor Dining Pods

Sometimes it feels as though the city is trying to do all it can to drive endangered small businesses to the brink of extinction.

Lower East Side Links

–An update on the 2021 city elections, including the District 1 City Council race. [New York County Politics]

–Essex Crossing developers have started their marketing push for 202 Broome St., a luxury condo tower nearing completion. The penthouse duplex will set you back $6.6 million. [New York Yimby]

–A 6,000 square foot townhouse on Eldridge Street has been on the market for a few years. After several price drops, it can now be yours for just under $8 million, waterfall included. [Curbed]

–A look back at the history of the East Broadway subway station, celebrating its 85th birthday. [Jewish Press]

–It’s been a fixture on Fourth Avenue for years. Now Halloween Adventure is shutting its doors. [New York Post]

–Is it over for New York? Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scorsese aren’t buying it. Scorsese recalls his early years on the Lower East Side and says the city, “regenerates like a phoenix and creates some different pockets of life and art and culture… It’s natural for the city to resurrect itself constantly.” [Los Angeles Times]

–Remembering guitarist Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls. [Daily News]

–The mutual aid group, Canal Cafeteria, is putting out a cookbook as part of a fundraising campaign to support its Lower East Side fresh food initiatives. [Time Out]

–Can Chinatown’s BYOB restaurants survive Covid? [Wine Enthusiast]

–Nimbus is a new commercial kitchen on Stanton Street, which aims to host many different food concepts. One business making use of the space is Roberta’s, which plans to offer pizza delivery. [The New York Times]

Winter Amphitheater

photo by The Lo-Down

photo by The Lo-Down

The East River Amphitheater was cold and quiet at dusk one evening last week. If you would like to share a photo with The Lo-Down, send us an email at: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.

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End of Year Memoriam Mural On Orchard Street Pays Tribute to Lives Lost in 2020

Artist Timothy Goodman created this mural, “2020 In Memoriam” on Orchard Street (at Broome St.) to honor some of the big names we lost in 2020. On his Instagram page, he notes: “Some were tragically murdered because of racism, some are gone because of cancer, and some died of natural causes. Their deaths impacted us in profound ways…” …

Lower East Side Links

–Related Fund Management snatches up two large Section 8 buildings in the Two Bridges area, 265-275 Cherry St., from the CIM Group and L+M Development for $424 million. [Crain’s]

–Plans are filed for a 21-story office tower on the former site of B Bar. [EV Grieve]

–A 20-year-old woman is arrested in California after falsely accusing a Black teenager of stealing her cell phone and then assaulting him in a an incident that took place in the lobby of a Soho hotel. [The New York Times]

–The owners of Prince Street Pizza step aside from daily operations after racist comments resurface online. [Eater]

–Lost and found: an incredible and very large archive of Chinatown photos from the 1970s and 1980s. [Gothamist]

–Cafe Grumpy has temporarily closed one of its two locations on the Lower East Side but it’s still managing to expand elsewhere. [Forbes]

–Oh K-Dog brings Korean rice hot dogs to Ludlow Street. [Gothamist]


The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is Free and Online This Year

The Public Theater’s experimental festival, Under the Radar is moving online this year, and is being offered for free. As with most theatrical and …


Community Meeting on Homeless Safe Haven at Blue Moon Hotel Rescheduled for Next Month

Last week we mentioned that Community Board 3’s health and human services committee was set to hear a proposal for a “safe haven” facility …

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Open Restaurants/Open Streets Town Hall January 12

Do you have questions or concerns about the city’s Open Restaurants/Open Streets program, or do you just want to have a better understanding of …