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(Opinion) Don’t Kill East River Park for a Bad Flood Plan

The following op/ed was written by Lower East Side resident and East River Park ACTION founder Pat Arnow. The Lo-Down accepts op/ed submissions relevant to the Lower East Side community. Opinion pieces do not reflect the editorial position of The Lo-Down, but only the viewpoints of each individual author. …

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Charity Funder Blue Hill Troupe Presents “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

The Blue Hill Troupe, a musical theater company that raises money for New York City charities while providing high quality theater performances, …

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Samesa Becomes First Casualty of New Essex Market

The new Essex Market has its first flop. The shawarma counter, Samesa, has shut down just five months after the market moved into its …

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East River Angst

Good morning! Activists on the Lower East Side are gearing up for today’s City Council hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan. They’re …

Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

CB3 in November: East River Resiliency, Synagogue Deed Restriction, Lebanese Bakery on Grand Street

It’s November! How did that happen? Let’s take a look at what’s coming up at Community Board 3 this month. …

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Forsyth Plaza, October 2019

Good morning. Here was the scene the other day at Forsyth Plaza in Chinatown.

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Suspect Pleads “Not Guilty” in Four Chinatown Murders

Confucius Plaza, Oct. 5.

Randy Santos, the man accused of beating to death four homeless men in Chinatown, has pleaded not guilty. In court …

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Sunrise on the Lower East Side

Good morning! Here’s a photo from Ronni Wlodinguer.

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The Fascinating History of Schiff Fountain in Seward Park

Big changes are, of course, coming to Seward Park. A $6.4 million renovation through the city’s Parks Without Borders program is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Meanwhile, the Seward Park Conservancy is launching a fundraising campaign to restore the historic Jacob H. Schiff Fountain …

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Henry Street Settlement Debuts Neighborhood Center in Historic Firehouse Building

There was a ribbon cutting this week to celebrate the opening of the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center at Henry Street Settlement.

The newly …

Photo: NYC Emergency Management.

Construction Worker Killed in Tragic Accident at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Development Site

Tragedy struck once again this week at the site that once housed the Lower East Side’s Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. …

Photos by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photo Office.

Mayor Announces Lower East Side Late Night Quality of Life Improvement Plan

Mayor de Blasio and his minions yesterday came to Max Fish, the Orchard Street bar, to talk up his new “late night quality of life improvement plan.” …

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Marco Polo Festival Returns to Chinatown and Little Italy

The Marco Polo Festival returns to Chinatown and Little Italy on Saturday, October 19. This year promises a family pageant that will flow through …

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City Council Approves Plan to Replace Rikers Island With Four Borough-Based Jails

The New York City Council made a momentous decision Thursday intended to shutter Rikers Island and replace the infamous prison with four borough-based jails, …

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Community Invited to Help Clean Up Montgomery Triangle Park on Saturday

The sad, neglected public triangle bordering Montgomery Street, East Broadway and Samuel Dickstein Plaza is about to get some TLC.

A local resident, Fannie …