Good Morning!

Essex Street, below Grand

It’s officially summer on the LES! Partly cloudy this morning with increasing clouds as the day goes on, and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Look for a high of 83. This afternoon, the LES BID will hold a meeting for local merchants in the neighborhood to discuss ways to improve safety in the wake of the recent assault and robbery at Pilgrim.

This evening, CB3’s Arts Task Force will hold an Arts Education Forum followup and over at Tenement Talks, you can learn about how one small font (Helvetica) changed subway signs forever.  Speaking of Tenement Talks, they are co-hosting our fun night of LES Trivia at Fontana’s next week. Please join us – it’s free and we’re providing snacks and great prizes from the neighborhood! Visit our Calendar for details on these events and more.

Stalled Orchard Street Site Gets A Mural


Marco, of Marcoart, at work on his latest mural in front of 180 Orchard.

As Bowery Boogie mentioned, the stalled building site that has been dubbed “The Orchard Street Hell Building” by Curbed (they have documented the five-year saga of the construction site here) is getting a new mural painted by Marco of Marcoart NYC.

Why the new wrapping on the scaffolding? Marco told The Lo-Down that one of the investors from the Thompson LES hotel (located across the street) implored the developer to do something to make the site (now back on the market) look better.