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Good Morning: Bowery Real Estate Rebounding, Eldridge Street Window Preview, Remembering Michael Shenker

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There’s not much doubt fall is in the air. We’re expecting a high of 60 today with rain showers beginning by about 2pm and continuing into the evening hours.

It’s a busy day in the neighborhood. We’re looking forward to two events tonight: the “Lower East Side Heritage Film Series” at the Seward Park Library and a screening of “LES: An Endangered Place,” at the Museum of the City of New York. Also, former Times restaurant critic William Grimes will be speaking at the Tenement Museum.  You can check our Community Calendar for details on all of these events and more.

Coming up on The Lo-Down today, a full report from last night’s Chinatown Working Group meeting, in which members selected new interim leaders, set the stage for possible governance changes and got a pep talk from City Councilmember Margaret Chin.

In the news, the Real Deal reports the real estate market on the Bowery may be turning around, driving rents up and hastening the ultimate demise of longtime businesses.  The buzz is growing louder as the Museum at Eldridge Street prepares to celebrate it’s new stained glass window later this week.  NY1 pays a visit to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, as Hispanic Heritage Week gets underway.

Other items catching our eye this morning: NYC The Blog notices city and state cars illegally blocking crosswalks and curbs on Centre Street. The Daily News reports WiFi is coming to the F train. And the New Museum promotes “Italian-born ball of energy” Massimiliano Gioni from curator to associate director.

The Times looks back on the life of LES activist and squatter Michael Shenker, who died this past weekend at the age of 54. Writer and activist Eric Laursen says of Shenker: ““He wanted to be one of the people who was infusing his passion into everyone else, chanting and waving his arm and being infectious.”

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