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New Study Examines Endangered LES Merchants

A study released yesterday by the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council shows small businesses on the Lower East Side are struggling and warns the neighborhood itself could be in danger of becoming "an historical footnote." The survey, conducted by Weber...

Seward Park Co-op Elects Three New Board Members

The Seward Park Co-op held elections for its board of directors yesterday.  Jodi Zagoory, Carol Anastasio and Michael Tuminia unseated three incumbents. The only current board member up for election who prevailed was Carlos Rosada.  Fran Marino, Lee Slater...

Public Meeting to Discuss Bowery Rezoning Tonight

This evening City Councilman Alan Gerson and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors are holding a "Stakeholders' Meeting" to discuss proposed zoning changes to the East side of the Bowery. The west side of the block was included in the...

Seward Park Urban Renewal Area: Past, Present & Future

The other day we reported on the continuing efforts to reach a community consensus on how to develop what was once known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. The 10 sites have sat vacant for 40 years while...

McWater Wants SPURA Plan By December

Housing rights advocates fought for a stronger stance in support of affordable housing Monday night, as a committee of Community Board 3 came close to completing a "statement of principles" for the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal...

End of an Era – “Ruby the Fruit Man” Has Closed Shop

The doors have been closed at Ruby's fruit and vegetable stand at 400 Grand St. for over three weeks and the word on the street is that Ruby Baumgarten has finally retired.  There had been some community concern over...

The Fight for 365 Grand Street

The food blogs are having a wonderful time poking fun at the squabbling over the fate of the old "Isabella's Oven" location at 365 Grand Street. Neighborhood message boards lit up after last week's controversial meeting of Community Board...

Acrimonious Evening at the CB3 Licensing Committee

Residents of the Lower East side came out in force last night to oppose several restaurants seeking liquor licenses. It was a tense night full of face to face confrontations between those residents and restaurant owners. Community Board 3...

Finishing Touches: Moving In to East Canal Street

What looks to be a bodega-ish store is preparing to open on the corner of Canal & Essex. Yes, this is the same building that new "Jewish fusion" restaurant we've been telling you about would occupy. Apparently, at least...

Residents Oppose New Restaurant on Canal Street

A neighborhood group on Canal Street is mobilizing to oppose a new restaurant's quest for a liquor license, saying they don't want to see their block become a "bar scene." The owners of the restaurant at 1 Essex (Essex...
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Here’s How the Lower East Side is Doing in the Battle Against Covid-19

Photo: Gouverneur Health, November 2020. None of us want to revisit those scenes from the height of the pandemic --...
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