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Here's a look at some of the the items that caught our eye this week: --On Friday evening, local State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou joined other progressive elected officials in rescinding support for Scott Stringer, whose mayoral campaign has been rocked...

City Kicks Off East River Resiliency Project, as Local Activists Step Up Protests

Mayor de Blasio officially kicked off the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) this week, an initiative meant to protect the Lower East Side from the effects of climate change.

This Month CB3 Revisits East River Park Plans, Public Hotel Liquor Permits

On Thursday, April 15 the parks and waterfront committee will be briefed on the latest plans for Pier 42, where a park and recreational area will be taking shape in the months ahead.

Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea Team Bring “Hester Flea” to Lower East Side

The team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea will soon debut a new venture, Hester Flea, on the Lower East Side, in the space previously programmed by the Hester Street Fair. A couple of weeks ago, it became known that...

Cops Investigate Attack on 66-Year-Old Asian Man as a Hate Crime

Since this morning, Detectives @NYPDHateCrimes have been investigating the following: On March 20, 2021 at 8:55 AM, at 196 Allen St, a 66-year-old Asian male was approached by a male who yelled at him and then struck him in...

Movie Theaters Reopen at 25% Capacity, Soon to be 33%

Many downtown movie theaters reopened at 25% occupancy this past Friday, and are heading towards being able to operate at 33% capacity, as of April 2, 2021. Indoor capacity will be set at 100-150 attendees.

Jing Fong Announces Permanent Closure of Banquet Hall at 20 Elizabeth St.

It's probably the toughest blow for Chinatown business since the start of the pandemic. Jing Fong, the neighborhood's largest restaurant by far, announced the closure of its dining room at 20 Elizabeth St. The restaurant will keep its second floor kitchen going "until further notice" to support delivery, takeout and dining on its outdoor balcony.

A Low-Key Celebration of Lunar New Year in Chinatown

The Year of the Ox was ushered in on Friday, but as to be expected, the Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown was scaled back this year due to Covid.  The huge parade that normally winds through the streets...

Nonprofit Group, Not on My Watch, Explains Plan For Homeless Facility at 100 Orchard St.

A Bronx-based nonprofit, Not on My Watch, is expected to open a homeless facility in the Blue Moon Hotel, 100 Orchard St., in the next several days. This after the group made its first appearance before Community Board 3...

Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Location, But Hopes to Relocate

Earlier today we mentioned the speculation around the fate of Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, the legendary Lower East Side spot famous for giant slabs of meat, jars of schmaltz on each table and a rollicking below-ground bar mitzvah party atmosphere...
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Some of the stories that caught our eye on the Lower East Side in the past week: --An update...
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