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(Photos) Outdoor Dining on the Lower East Side

Both customers and restaurant owners were eager to give outdoor dining a try this week. Some businesses had more elaborate setups than others, and …

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Starting Monday, Restaurants Begin Adapting to New Outdoor Dining Rules

Restaurants have been clamoring for permission from the city to open outdoor spaces for dining, and on Monday they get their wish. As part …

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Arts Organizations and Venues Offer Support for Black Lives Matter Protest Movement

Local arts organizations and venues are offering support for the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the city. Here’s a roundup of some of the organizations taking action, offering resources, and even opening up their lobbies (@openyourlobby) for use as rest stops for people participating in the marches: …

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Local Spots Look Ahead to Full Service Reopening in June and July

Uplifting news came from Mayor DeBlasio this week as he announced “Phase 1″ reopening for curbside and in-store retail pickup, and non-essential construction and manufacturing, can resume on June 8, 2020. …

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Meatballs, Chicken Wings, Doughnuts and More, Now Available for Pickup and Delivery on the LES

Memorial Day Weekend 2020 brings a new batch of local spots opening for takeout and delivery, with temporary hours and limited menus, as we continue to shelter at home (*sigh*). Here are some highlights we’ve added to our updated list – it’s getting big! …

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Lower East Side Restaurants and Bars Crowdfunding to Support Their Employees

We all know our local restaurants are facing a desperate situation as shelter-in-place orders remain in effect. Many of our readers are continuing to …

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7pm on the Lower East Side, “Clap Because We Care”

New York City residents hunkered down at home are honoring the health care and essential workers who are on the front lines, during this …

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Coping With Closures and Long Lines on the Lower East Side

The coronavirus outbreak has led to panic buying across New York, including here on the Lower East Side. You’ve seen the crazy lines and …

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Chinatown Businesses Continue to Suffer Due to Coronavirus Misconceptions

According to the NYC Department of Health, there are now 76 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State and 11 in New York …

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This is What’s Happening at Community Board 3 in March

Don’t look now, but March is upon us. So here’s a first look at what’s coming up at Community Board 3 in the month …

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Say So Long to the Lowline: Underground Park Proposal Goes Dormant

The Lowline, an audacious plan to create an underground park on the Lower East Side, made a big splash when it was first proposed in 2011. But it faded during the past couple of years without so much as a whimper. …

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Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar Now Open Daily

Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar (259 E. Broadway at Montgomery St.) is now open, accompanying the Basque-inspired restaurant from chef Ryan Bartlow (Quality Eats, …

Photos by Roger Bultot.

(Photos) Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Parade

Local photographer Roger Bultot shared some great photos from Sunday’s Lunar New Parade in Chinatown. It’s been a tough holiday season for the community, as unfounded fears about the new coronavirus have kept many people away from the neighborhood. …

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Take an Essex Market Audio Tour and Share Your Favorite Ingredients With Feed Me a Story

Our friends at the Feed Me a Story project are kicking off a new audio tour of Essex Market (88 Essex St.) with a fun event this Saturday, from 11am – 1pm, on the mezzanine at the market. …

Photo via Twitter/@jeremyunger1.

City Council Approves East Side Resiliency Plan

The New York City Council yesterday approved a controversial plan to build a flood protection system along the East River from East 25th Street to Montgomery Street. …