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21 Years Ago Today They Told You “The Air is Safe to Breathe” (Sponsored)

21 years ago today they told you "The air is safe to breathe." (It wasn't) Were you south of Houston Street between Sept. 11, 2001 - July 31, 2002? You may be entitled to healthcare and compensation. Contact Pitta...

“Salsa Not War,” a Benefit For Ukrainian Refugees, Comes to Manny Cantor Center

Here's a fun way to participate in a meaningful benefit in response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis: A group from the Lower East Side’s Latinx community will host “Salsa Not War,” with the salsa legends Johnny Rodríguez and the...

Sheldon Silver Dies at the Age of 77

Sheldon Silver, the once powerful Lower East Side state assemblyman died this week at the age of 77. His death, while serving a federal prison sentence for political corruption, prompted observers from Lower Manhattan to Albany to to revisit...
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Marte Begins City Council Term, Promotes Participatory Budgeting

Photo: Christopher Marte is sworn in as City Council member in District 1, December 28, 2021. Photo by Emil Cohen/NYC Council Media Unit. The first week is in the books for New York City's new mayor and an almost all...

Marte Wins in District 1, Rivera Re-Elected in District 2

The Eric Adams era began in earnest this past week, with the Democratic candidate for mayor cruising to victory with 66% of the vote. Big changes in politics ahead in the new year, not only with a new mayor...

Extinction Rebellion Blocks FDR Traffic in Climate Protest

A Lo-Down reader sent in photos as activists from the global (and local) organization Extinction Rebellion effectively shut down northbound traffic on the FDR highway yesterday near the southern tip of East River Park. Protesters sat in the middle...
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Early Voting Begins in NYC, Adams Campaigns in Chinatown

New York City voters are already beginning to choose their next mayor, other citywide office holders and new City Council representatives. Although election day is November 2, you have the option of taking part in the city's early voting...

Block Party Sunday to Celebrate Chris Marte’s City Council Win

Coming up on Sunday afternoon (August 15), there will be a block party at the Hester Street Fair/Hester Flea site to celebrate Christopher Marte's election in the Democratic Primary for City Council in District 1. While there's still a...

Marte Leads District 1 City Council Race; Rivera Cruises to Victory

Photo: Marte 2021 Following New York City's democratic primary June 22, Chris Marte holds a sizable lead in the District 1 City Council contest. But since results from absentee ballots and ranked choice ballots for rounds 2-5 will trickle out...
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Early Voting Begins June 12 for NYC Primary Election

New York City's primary election is June 22, but believe it or not, the voting actually begins in just a few days. There's early voting this year, from June 12 to June 20, although you still have the option...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...

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