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Storm Watch Saturday: Lower East Side Edition

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This was the scene last night outside Seward Park High School, the neighborhood’s designated hurricane shelter. There were plenty of supplies on hand, cots set up inside — but no one had checked in. A newspaper photographer and some Euro shutterbugs were the only passersby we noticed. As today’s 5 p.m. Zone A evacuation order approaches, we’ll see if there’s more activity here.

In a briefing this morning, the mayor’s office predicted the storm would hit the city tonight with winds between 55-75 mph.  The mayor indicated there’s a possibility power will be cut off downtown, once the storm hits.

Here’s the latest LES-related Irene news:

  • The New Museum is closed this weekend.
  • The BMW Guggenheim Lab is closed this weekend.
  • Today’s home-buying seminar sponsored by Asian Americans for Equality has been cancelled.
  • A memorial service for dancer Alexander Espinal Rodriguez, which was supposed to take place tomorrow at Henry Street Settlement, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.
  • Dora, the East Broadway coffee shop, is closed until Monday.
  • Cafe Grumpy on Essex closes at 11 a.m. and will be closed tomorrow.
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor is open, at least until mid-afternoon.
  • Russ & Daughters is open today.
  • The Doughnut Plant is closed.
  • Tre on Ludlow Street is opening today for brunch at noon.
  • Orchard Street’s newest restaurant, Interstate Food & Liquor, will be open for drinks today (as late as they can) but will be closed Sunday.
  • The Union Square Greenmarket is open until 11 a.m.
  • Alias will be open for brunch and, possibly, an early, limited dinner service.

(more to come)


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