About Us

The Lo-Down is a local news site dedicated to covering news, events and – most significantly – the people who live and work in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side.

The Lo-Down is a member of the Local Independent Online Publishers Association (LION). And we are one of six pilot sites who partnered with the Local News Lab, a journalism sustainability project of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Who Works on The Lo-Down

Traven Rice (Co-founder and Publisher) oversees business, marketing and operations for The Lo-Down. Rice, a filmmaker, is also the Arts and Culture Editor.

Ed Litvak (Co-founder) has more than 20 years of experience as a television news producer in local stations, cable properties and broadcast networks. He is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for Asian Americans for Equality.

Leo Kin is The Lo-Down’s design and tech consultant.

Mark Ward designed The Lo-Down banner and the topical logos you see on the web site. He can be contacted at mward@threeoeight.com.

Third Party Links

Our website contains links to other sites and resources on the Internet controlled by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to our visitors and do not constitute an endorsement of any third party resources or content. We reserve the right to terminate links with any third parties or other websites that are inappropriate or inconsistent with our website. The Lo-Down makes no representations about the content, functionality or practices of such third party sites and resources.

Production & Consulting Services

Lo-Down Productions LLC offers a wide range of media services, including website design, video production and media consulting. We produce small and large scale video projects, including advertisements, image spots, promotional videos, instructional tapes and web series’. For more information, email us at info@thelodownny.com.