Lower East Side Links

After the rain, on Grand Street.

This week’s Lower East Side news and notes:

— A man was arrested and charged with hate crimes after a two hour crime spree in which seven Asian women were attacked. One of the incidents occurred on Mott Street. [The New York Times]

— As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rages on, Veselka in the East Village has become a prime gathering spot for the local community. Owner Jason Birchard notes, “Many of our staff members are Ukrainian. Everyone is up all night, talking to family members. Some are so distraught, they can’t even come to work. They are hanging by a thread, feeling so angry, upset and helpless.” [New York Post]

— The New Art Dealers Association (NADA) has announced that its spring art fair will return to the Lower East Side’s Pier 36 in May. [Art News]

— At Community Board 3 this week: an informational presentation on this year’s NYC Half Marathon and a request for support for a skate park under the Brooklyn Bridge. [CB3]

— The Shin Gallery celebrates a decade on the Lower East Side with an expansive new exhibition. [The Art Newspaper]

— Remembering Nick Zedd, the filmmaker who was an influential figure in the Lower East Side’s No Wave movement in the 70s and 80s. [Artforum]

— Remembering Geoff Lee, Chinatown activist and actor. [Tribeca Trib]

— Jake Dell, owner of Katz’s Deli, says he’ll probably lift the restaurant’s vaccine requirement, pointing out that it’s been tough to enforce with some out of town tourists. Dell explained, “Look, I just make sandwiches. We don’t play politics. Part of being in this city is following the rules, however they evolve.” [The New York Times]

— How corn beef became an Irish staple. You guessed it, there’s a Lower East Side answer. [Tasting Table]

— Restaurant industry A-Listers flocked to Orchard Street for the reopening of Una Pizza Napoletana. [Page Six]

— Lullaby is the latest bar to take up residence in the basement space at 151 Rivington St. [Time Out]