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Community Resumes Battle for Access to Pier 36

The fight over Pier 36 on the East River - raging since the Dinkins Administration - is heating up once again. This month, neighborhood organizations began new talks with Basketball City, the private company granted a 20 (plus) year...

LES Residents Take Part in NYC Parks Tree Stewardship Program

 Residents learn about the first steps in NYC's Citizen Stewards for Street Trees Training Program outside Henry Street Settlement. Local residents took part in a tree stewardship program offered by Partnerships for Parks and the New York Tree Trust last...

Chinatown YMCA Addresses Need for Youth Programs

Recently we reported on the growing concerns on the Lower East Side about escalating violence among teens - and the absence of structured programs to keep them engaged in positive activities during the summer. The Chinatown YMCA has stepped...

Million Trees Campaign: Getting Involved

Mayor Bloomberg's "Million Trees" initiative has planted more than 40-thousand trees throughout New York City in the last couple of years. This week, Lower East Side residents will gather to learn how they can help care for the trees...

Students Joined By City Council Members Rally To Save After School Funding

As we reported earlier, Mayor Bloomberg has decided to cut 100% of the city's after-school youth programs supported by OST2. These cuts will affect 88 programs and almost 11,000 students city-wide, leaving many disenfranchised youth without a safe place...

Dr. Dave’s Cure For a Sick Healthcare System

Along with his tattoos and his Harleys, Dr. Dave Ores is practically legendary on the LES for helping people gain access to affordable health care.  He doesn't take insurance (doesn't believe in it) and you almost always "pay what...

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams

  It was a beautiful day for New York's most creatively named block party. Lots of people came out to experience the Museum at Eldridge Street's "Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival" yesterday. There were arts & crafts tables for...

Volunteering – Rain or Shine

Volunteers from Deloitte and Touche donning their rain gear this morning, to help spruce up the sculpture garden along the side of Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center.

Theater For the New City Ready to Kick off This Weekend’s LES Festival of the Arts

We stopped by to visit with Crystal Field, Theater For the New City's executive director,as she finalized preparations for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.  Crystal has seen the neighborhood change dramatically since starting the community cultural...

Chinatown YMCA: LES’s “Best Kept Secret”

We spent some time yesterday with David Kaplan, the executive director of the Chinatown YMCA. We were at the Y's Houston Street Center to do a video report (see the next post) on the youth basketball league, saved from...
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Jim Jarmusch Newsprint Collages Come to James Fuentes Gallery

It turns out indie filmmaking icon Jim Jarmusch is also a visual artist who has been fascinated by newsprint...
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