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.