Happening Today: LES Landmarks, Zoning Battles, Drink & Draw!

Restoration plan for 315 Grand St. Drawing by Bromley Caldari Architects.
Restoration plan for 315 Grand St. Drawing by Bromley Caldari Architects.
Restoration plan for 315 Grand St. Drawing by Bromley Caldari Architects.

Some of the things happening on and around the Lower East Side today:

–The City Planning Commission is holding a hearing this morning on Zoning for Quality & Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, Mayor de Blasio’s twin affordable housing initiatives. It got underway at 9 a.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian (One Bowling Green @ Broadway).

Community Board 3’s landmarks committee meets at 6:30 p.m. to review two significant proposals. One concerns a restoration and rooftop addition for 315 Grand St., the old Ridley’s Department Store building. The committee will also hear a proposal to landmark the Provident Loan Society Building on East Houston Street. The property owner is planning a 12-story extension on top of the building. The meeting takes place at University Settlement, 273 Bowery.

Gallery onetwentyeight hosts an opening reception for a group show, “Creative Bowl,” which features the works of Japanese artists living in New York. 6-8 p.m., 128 Rivington St.

-Tonight at Abrons Arts Center, the weekly “Drink & Draw” soiree returns from 7-9 p.m. Tonight’s curator, Jonathan Durham, invites you to “collaborate, commune, and commiserate with artists in an informal atmosphere designed to synthesize creative minds and improve technique.” More info here.

–miLES is hosting a holiday party, Do Tank’s Zero Food Waste Popup closing celebration, and issue launch party with Makeshift magazine from 7-10 p.m. 103 Allen St. RSVP required.

–Orchard Street fashion designer Lindsey Thornburg is hosting a holiday party at her store, 6-9 p.m., 21 Orchard St.