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Happening This Week on the Lower East Side

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Essex Street Market Block Party 2016.
Essex Street Market Block Party 2016.

The weekend is jam-packed with special events in celebration of Lower East Side History Month, and it looks like a sunny spring forecast. So let’s get started! 

The Essex Street Market throws its annual Block Party. After 77 years at 120 Essex St., the market is preparing for a big move across the street next year. On Saturday, the vendors who make this Lower East Side institution a unique place will be celebrating the past and future with a food extravaganza. This collaboration between the Vendor Association, the Lower East Side Partnership and the NYC Economic Development Corp. will include tasty morsels, plus entertainment and kids’ activities. Among the vendors taking part are: Puebla Mexican, Osaka Grub, Ni Japanese Deli, Saxelby Cheesmongers and Tra La La. Plus there will be some neighborhood guest vendors such as Cafe Katja and Ice & Vice. Noon-5 p.m. on Saturday; RSVP here.

The Third Annual Greek Jewish Festival, a rollicking party put on by the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, is back this weekend. This event includes delicious food, live music and dancing and tours of the beautiful restored synagogue building at 280 Broome St. The festivities take place on Broome between Allen and Eldridge streets. Noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. Consult the festival website for more details.

The Friends of Corlears Hook Park will take advantage of the nice weekend weather by hosting a community day. They will be planting, pruning and weeding and general park cleanup. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Here’s the Facebook invite, and don’t forget to check out the full Corlears Park 2017 schedule.

Several Chinatown-based organizations are hosting an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. Taking place on Mott Street (south of Canal Street), there will be live performances, arts & crafts, basketball clinics and Tai Chi. The event takes place Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Sunday, the CityParks PuppetMobile is coming to Seward Park with Cinderella Samba, a contemporary twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale. 11 a.m.-noon on Sunday. More details here.

Throughout the weekend at Pier 36, it’s the Five Points Festival, ” a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture.” More info here.

Check out our CALENDAR for more events and submit your own events HERE.



Tuesday, May 16: The 7th Precinct Community Council meets tonight at the station house, 19 Pitt St., 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17: An information session will be held for a housing lottery currently underway for 99 affordable senior apartments at Essex Crossing. 6:30-8 p.m., Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt St. No applications will be distributed at this event.

Thursday, May 18: A workshop will be held for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Plan, 6-8 p.m. More details on our Calendar.

Thursday, May 25: Public meetings will be held for the Two Bridges Environmental Review. The input sessions pertain to the Draft Scope of Work, Manhattan Municipal Building, Mezzanine level, 1 Centre St. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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