“Dude Perfect” Stars Come to Tompkins Square Park Monday

16 Photos From the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

Photos by Tim Schreier.

Photos by Tim Schreier.

Tim Schreier braved the 24th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade over the weekend.  Both the four-legged and two-legged creatures were mugging for the camera. Here are some of the highlights.

Photos: Dogs on Parade at Tompkins Square Park

New Yorkers love dressing up for Halloween. The only thing they love more is dressing up their dogs for Halloween.

It’s Time to TreeCycle! Mulchfest This Weekend

This weekend is your chance to dispose of that pine tree dropping needles all over your apartment, and turn it into mulch that helps plants in our public parks. (See adorable video here.)

The city’s parks department is hosting its annual Mulchfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Click through for the details.

Dogs on Parade at Tompkins Square Park

One of the East Village’s most photogenic events took place yesterday afternoon, as the organizers of Tompkins Square dog run put on their 21st annual canine costume contest.

There were people dressed up as dogs and dogs dressed up as people, along with several MTA and tour bus costumes and more than one canine bee.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

Saturday is the 21st Annual Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park.

Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon until 3 p.m., spectators will gather in Tompkins Square Park to watch dogs on parade. All proceeds from the 21st annual Halloween Dog Parade will go to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for the upkeep of the Tompkins Square dog run, which is the city’s largest. The parade will be held inside the dog run; enter the park on 9th Street, between Avenue A and B.

For more info on family friendly events, visit our kids page.

Op-Ed: Displacement from Tompkins Square Park Endangers “Crusties”

Photo credit: The Space at Tompkins.

The following op/ed was submitted to The Lo-Down by Andrea Stella, executive director of The Space at Tompkins. We welcome submissions about any and all Lower East Side-related topics. Opinion articles can be emailed to: tips@thelodownny.com.

Last week, the New York Times asked the question, “where have all the crusties gone (In East Village, Harbingers of Spring Are Missing)?” So now seems like as good a time as any to introduce our start-up non profit, The Space at Tompkins. The Space consists of East Village community members and members of the traveling/squatting community who recognize a gap in services for this unique group of individuals. We have been building the organization for the past two years, are now nine volunteers strong  and conduct walkabout outreach five days a week.

Immigrant EV Dad, Young Chinatowners, Tompkins Square Park, Gay Marriage

  • An East Village father fights to bring his family to the U.S. from the Ivory Coast. (NY Daily News)
  • Chinatown second-graders work to preserve Confucius Plaza. (DNAinfo)
  • Tompkins Square Park is missing its summer visitors. (NYT)
  • Last-minute tussling as today’s deadline for rent regulation reform arrives. (Albany Times-Union)
  • Gay marriage needs just one more vote to pass; vote likely Friday. (NY Daily News)
  • Anthony Weiner’s resignation may be imminent; meanwhile, sales of a Weiner action figure are crashing servers. (HuffPo/AP, LA Times)


Police Looking for 14 Year Old Boy

The Village Voice reports:

Police in the East Village are looking for a 14-year-old boy, Alexander Vorlicky, who is missing. Vorlicky was last seen  Sunday at his home on East 10th Street, just across from Tompkins Square Park. Known to frequent Central Park, he’s 5-5, 115 pounds and was wearing a heavily zippered black jacket, black jeans and white sneakers. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

UPDATE 4/13: Alex is an 8th grader at Friends Seminary on East 16th Street. A Facebook Page has been set up to help find him.

Snow Day on the L.E.S., Take Two

There wasn't too much traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge bike lane.

Schools closed, traffic snarled and most mass transit stuttered, but for those who ventured around the Lower East Side and the East Village on foot today, there was plenty of snowy scenery to appreciate.

Wednesday’s one-two punch of a storm that ended in the wee hours of Thursday brought record-breaking snowfall, making January 2011 the snowiest ever. With an official measurement of 19 inches in Central Park, the storm ranks as the eighth largest snow storm in New York history. (The Dec. 26, 2010, blizzard ranked sixth.)

More pictures after the jump.

NYC Knish Crawl Tonight

The popular yet reluctant hosts of NYC Food Crawl are presenting an autumn Knish Crawl this evening. They write:  Originally brought to the Lower East Side by Russian immigrants, the knish is now a New York deli favorite. Potato, spinach, and buckwheat are among the varieties available for your tasting pleasure. And they’re vegetarian. We’ll be visiting some of the folks who make the city’s best knish. Come taste and rate your favorite knishes. Go at your own pace, and pay as you go.

L.E.S. Girls Club Adds Family Fun to HOWL! Festival

The HOWL! Arts Festival is set to come roaring back this weekend with a full schedule of music, dance, poetry and art (not to mention many community organizations and environmental booths) lined up in Tompkins Square Park. This year, The Lower Eastside Girls Club is jumping in and joining the fun with “The East Village Girls Club Earth Circus,” offering a slew of kid-friendly events and activities geared around environmental awareness within the park.

LES Kids’ Bike Parade Coming Up

Coming up on May 8th, it’s Pedal Power – the third annual Kids’ Art Bike Parade. The event, sponsored by the East Village Community Coalition, takes place in Tompkins Square Park (10a-2p). It’s a fun way to celebrate “sustainable streets and green transportation.” There will be food, music, a raffle, bike tune ups and, of course, bike decorating and the parade. To register or for more info visit the coalition’s web site.

Suddenly, Summer in the Hood


Although the spring blossoms are still in full force around the neighborhood, this weekend’s high temps brought out the Tompkins Square Park sunbathers a little early.  Let’s hope all that pasty-white skin didn’t burn!



The wait outside Clinton St. Baking Co. for Sunday morning brunch.  Is it really worth all that?


Tulips and Daffodils line the busy handball courts on Houston and Allen.