City Council member Margaret Chin was surrounded by supporters at a recent fundraiser in Chinatown.

Council Member Chin Focuses on Fundraising as Political Season Heats Up

City Council member Margaret Chin was surrounded by supporters at a recent fundraiser in Chinatown.

City Council member Margaret Chin is stepping up her …

Sen. Squadron at Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

Squadron’s “Rivington Act” Legislation Torpedoed by Senate Health Committee

State Sen. Daniel Squadron did not get very far yesterday with his proposal to prevent Rivington House-like disasters from striking other communities. …

Lower East Side Links

–The rent freeze is over. In a preliminary vote, the Rent Guidelines Board approves increases in one-year leases ranging from 1 to 3%. [The Daily News]

–Here’s an investigation of the preferential rent loophole, which allows New York City landlords to arbitrarily increase rents in stabilized apartments. It’s a “tactic (that) fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.” [Pro Publica]

–New York City landlords are having to settle for lower commercial rents in the current market. For example, a space on Broadway in Soho might now be going for $500 per square foot as opposed to $1000 per square foot. But deals abound! “A retailer that can’t afford a Soho storefront… may do just as well leasing a space three blocks over for $300 a foot.” [New York Post]

–A new report examines inequitable economic growth in gentrifying neighborhoods. The Lower East Side Employment Network is singled out as one solution to leveling the playing field. [Gotham Gazette]

–Louis Chan’s photo exhibition documenting the interiors of Chinese immigrants’ homes reflect “a disappearing geography,” as “gentrification reshapes and displaces Chinese American neighborhoods in New York City.” The show is at Pearl River Mart’s new location through May 12. [CNN]

–A profile of artist Ivan Argote, whose new show will inaugurate Galerie Perrotin’s massive Lower East Side space on Orchard Street. The exhibition opens tomorrow. [Forbes]

Good Morning!

hamilton fish swimming pool

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Something about this wet week is making us think of summer. Here’s a shot of the empty pool at Hamilton Fish Rec Center. | Weather: The rain will start to fade by the afternoon, then we’ll see cloudy skies and a high of 61. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

carol rama/new museum

Things to Do on the Lower East Side This Week

Events happening April 25-May 3. …

Rendering shows four large-scale projects coming to the waterfront in the Two Bridges area.

Local Groups Focus on Threat to Rent Stabilized Housing From New Two Bridges Towers

Three large-scale development projects in the Two Bridges area are expected to add more than 2,000 luxury apartments in a traditionally low-income community. …

Lower East Side Links

–The commanding officer of the 7th Precinct says of The DL, “They don’t have the best interest of the community in mind,” after a late night brawl outside the Ludlow Street club. [DNAinfo]

–State Sen. Daniel Squadron says anyone who’s committed a hate crime should be blocked from buying a gun. [The Daily News]

–Protests are planned ahead of tonight’s preliminary vote by the Rent Guidelines Board. [Facebook]

–There was a 25% jump in the the number of retail spaces in Manhattan at the end of March, compared with three months earlier. [The Real Deal]

–The mayor criticizes a lawsuit that aims to make New York’s property tax system more equitable. He also declines to specify how he’d deal with the issue, saying the topic of property taxes is very complex. [The Daily News]

–A restaurant called Harvest of the Sea has signed a lease at 92 Rivington St. for $155/square foot. [New York Post]

–A look at how the Liz Christy Garden was created. [WNYC]

Good Morning!

eldridge street umbrella

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lee Brozgol took this photo on Eldridge Street earlier in the month. | Weather: We’re in for a day and evening of rain showers with high winds expected and a high of 56. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

Sen. Squadron at Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

Legislative Committee Votes on “Rivington Act” Tomorrow

There will be a vote in Albany tomorrow on State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s legislation aimed at preventing Rivington House-like debacles in other communities. …

I.M. Pastry Studio's Cookies & Cream Cake.

I.M. Pastry Studio Coming to the Essex Street Market

There’s another new arrival to tell you about at the Essex Street Market. In the next few week’s, Brooklyn’s I.M. Pastry Studio will be opening in a stall on the north end of the market. …

Lower East Side Links

–An investor in the shuttered Comfort (Diner) on Grand Street is suing the owner, Ira Freehof, saying he failed to disclose he owed $700,000 in back taxes. [DNAinfo]

–A lawsuit claims the city’s proerty tax system is racially biased and discriminates against working and middle class residents. [Daily News]

–Stolen identity? A rabbi in San Francisco named Joel Landau says the Allure Group (the firm that sold Rivington House to luxury condo developers) is besmirching his good name. [Daily News]

–New Noodles: A taste of the Yunnan Provence comes to 1st Avenue @ 11th Street. [New York Magazine]

–The Boba Room on the Bowery: a bubble tea exhibition pops up. [Gothamist]

Good Morning!

orchard street

Monday, April 24, 2017 | H.Spencer Young took this photo on Orchard St. | Weather: Cloudy today with a chance of a rain shower and a high of 58. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

preservation forum

City Council Candidates Discuss Preservation Issues Monday, May 1

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and several partners are hosting a candidate forum Monday, May 1. Here’s the invite:

Please join LESPI …

seward park liquors

Seward Park Liquors Loses Grand Street Space After Co-Op Board Votes

Seward Park Liquors is losing a space it has occupied at 393 Grand St. for more than four decades. …

100 Norfolk St. Photo by Brian Redman.

100 Norfolk Condo Building Begins to Reveal Its Glassy Skin

Over the years, local resident Brian Redman has been keeping an eye on 100 Norfolk St., one of the Lower East Side’s more dramatic construction projects. …