It’s a sure sign of fall on the Lower East Side. Yesterday, in advance of Sukkos, merchants on Essex Street were selling the lulov and the ethrog. It was a beautiful weekend – and more nice weather is ahead today. 76 and sunny to start the week.
This afternoon, there’s a key meeting of the Chinatown Working Group. As we have reported, the 50-member organization is essentially in limbo, unable to proceed with a comprehensive community plan, due to internal squabbles. Today, they’ll consider a proposal to elect a handful (perhaps as many as 10) co-chairmen.
Tonight we’ll be heading over to East 5th Street for Community Board 3’s SLA Committee meeting. Around 30 establishments will be looking for the board to support their liquor license applications. There may be more fallout today from the story we reported last week, the shuttering of Avenue A bar, Aces & Eights. On EV Grieve, the general manager vows to reopen the bar today, in spite of the fact that the business failed to acquire the necessary permits to open in the first place.
In slightly less contentious news, we’ll be returning to the Bowery Mission this morning, where they’ll be applying a second coat of white paint to their rooftop. Yesterday, we met an energetic group from Manhattan Young Democrats, who are taking on the project (as part of an effort to reduce energy costs in non-profit buildings citywide).
In the papers and online today:
The Post reports peddlers of illegal knockoffs in Chinatown are switching from daytime to evening hours in order to confuse the cops. Fred Dicker says Sheldon Silver is eager to work with “Governor Cuomo” to pass a property tax cap. The Daily News profiles Mark Miller, president of the LES BID, and previews “Apple Day.”
Enjoy the week!