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Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

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New York subway token necklaces by Erika Weiner.

We continue our holiday guide today — a look at ways you can help support Lower East Side merchants, restaurants and non-profits this holiday season.  Remember your suggestions are welcome at tips@thelodownny.com.

  • The guys at the Low Line (aka the Delancey Underground) has set up an e-store in support of their holiday fundraising drive.  Among the items being offered: artist Erika Weiner’s New York Transit token necklaces (available here). There are two sizes; the smaller version (with the iconic cut-out “Y”) was introduced in 1953, when a subway ride cost 15 cents.  Today you can buy the necklace for $60 and help the Low Line, that park envisioned below delancey Street, become a reality.
  • Made Her Think, 195 Chrystie, is marking down jewelry this Friday and Saturday. See details here.
  • Prohibition Bakery, the relatively new liquored-up dessert emporium at 9 Clinton Street, is offering new holiday creations.  How about hot buttered rum (brown butter, rum, brown sugar) or mulled wine (mulling spices, red wine, pear brandy) for your next seasonal party?
  • You can make it a better holiday season for people in Henry Street Settlement’s shelters by taking part in their “Dear Santa” letters program. Here’s how.
  • Chabad of the Lower East Side will be hosting its annual menorah lighting event this coming Saturday. The “Grand Chanukah Celebration takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Delancey and Suffolk streets.  There will be latkes for everyone!


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