Winter Sunset Along the East River Park Promenade

photo by The Lo-Down

photo by The Lo-Down

We caught the winter sunset along the East River Park Promenade the other day. In the winter months the sun sets closer to the east side than the west side.

Julia Testa Flower logo and website

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Julia Testa has specialized in events and flower delivery since day one. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn and parts of Queens.

They create some of the …

Gregory Halpern, Untitled, 2016

ICP Presents New Exhibit, “But Still, It Turns”

The International Center for Photography (ICP) is celebrating their one year anniversary in their new home on Essex Street with a new exhibition of “post-documentary” style photos from around the world. …

Photo by Mischelle Moy

Abrons Teams Up With Chinatown Arts Groups to Offer Special Lunar New Year Photo Calendar

Abrons Arts Center, Wing on Wo’s the W.O.W. Project, and Welcome to Chinatown come together to celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox with the launch of the first edition of From Chinatown, With Love, a Lunar New Year calendar. …


Orchard Street Safe Haven Proposal Back at Community Board 3 in February

Here’s a look at what’s coming up at Community Board 3 in February.

–As previously reported, community board members hoped they’d be getting details …

Lower East Side Links

–The de Blasio administration and the developers behind those proposed mega-towers in the Two Bridges area headed to appeals court last week in a bid to reverse a lower court ruling that halted the unpopular projects. [City Limits]

–Opinion: Developments shouldn’t be approved when they “impinge on crucial institutions or iconic views.” Case in point: “One Manhattan Square… among New York City’s most disappointing buildings. An 80-story box completed in 2018… It stands just 50 feet from the Manhattan Bridge, where Chinatown meets the East River. From that location, towering over everything around it, the building spoils views both to and from Lower Manhattan.” [The Architect’s Newspaper]

–The city lays out various precautions it intends to take in opening a homeless facility in the Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street. A group of landlords and businesses has filed a lawsuit to block the facility from opening. [The New York Post]

–Remembering Corky Lee, the acclaimed documentary photographer and activist so important to the way we all see Chinatown past, present and future. Lee died last week from complications from Covid. [The New York Times]

–“For nearly fifty years, New Yorkers never knew where they might run into (Corky) Lee and his camera… Most often, it was somewhere along Mott Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, where his photographs of everyday life helped generations of Chinese-Americans see themselves as part of a larger community.” [The New Yorker]

–Four suspects in the beating of a man near Canal and Allen streets have been arrested. More details about what led to the altercation are coming to light. [Channel 7]

–Inside a deli near Canal and Orchard streets, a customer hit an employee with a “wet floor” sign after he was told to lottery machine was closed for the night. [New York Post]

–The Supreme Court declines to hear Sheldon Silver’s latest appeal. [The New York Times]

–Bicyclists will no longer need to dodge oblivious tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge. The city is converting one car lane, creating a dedicated bike lane on the bridge. [Gothamist]

–Jordana Bermúdez is documenting the radical female and non-binary skateboarders of the Lower East Side. [CNN]

–A look at how the critically acclaimed restaurants, Contra and Wildair, have pivoted during Covid. [Eater]

–Recalling Pickle Alley on the Lower East Side. [Untapped New York]

Reparations NYC

FAB NYC Hosts Public Dialogue Series on Culture and Reparations

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) is hosting a series of public dialogues titled, “Beyond Symbol: Culture & Reparations” with a focus on how reparations for …

Glenn Ligon's, "A Small Band," 2015, on view as part of the New Museum's upcoming exhibit, "Grief and Grievance." Photo by David Hollely, @hollely.dc via @newmuseum on Instagram

New Museum Preps for “Grief and Grievance” Exhibit, Opening in February

The New Museum has a new installation on its exterior. The words “blues blood bruise” are a piece called, “A Small Band” (2015), by artist Glenn Ligon and was originally exhibited at the entrance to the Central Pavilion in the Giardini during Okwui Enwezor’s 2015 Venice Biennale. …

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Following “Bodega-Gate,” Andrew Yang Heads For the Lower East Side

Did you catch Andrew Yang on the Lower East Side last week, touring the Essex Street Market, checking in at The Pickle Guys or hanging out at Frank’s Bike Shop on Grand Street? …

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Lower East Side Links

–Quarters, the German co-living firm, has filed for bankruptcy. One of the buildings it leased is located at 324 Grand St. [The Real Deal]

–Legislation championed by Council Member Margaret Chin to lift the cap on street vendors for the first time in 40 years is expected to be approved next week. [The City]

–For awhile it looked like Sheldon Silver might have secured a last-minute pardon from Donald Trump, just a few months after finally reporting to prison to serve a 6.5 year sentence for public corruption. But in the end, he did not make the cut. [Gothamist]

–Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of the Lower East Side, urges the Biden administration to help finally enact the Equal Rights Amendment. [AM New York]

–A follow-up on our story from last week about the city’s decision to shut down street-side dining at Yopparai Ronin and three other Clinton Street restaurants to accommodate construction of a luxury condo building. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation says, “This is a rare case, and unfortunately we can’t let local construction prevent New Yorkers from accessing their roadways… We know this is a hard time for local restaurants in any circumstance, and we’re actively reviewing solutions for this establishment.” [Curbed]

–Big Gay Ice Cream founders say so long to East 7th Street, explaining, “The batteries have gone a bit dim on that street. The empty storefronts (kept vacant by landlords working tax breaks) that plague the city have settled in. It ain’t what it was. We decided that even if the shop managed to make it through “the COVID thing” it would never truly recover.” They hope to open a new East Village or Lower East Side location in the future. [EV Grieve]

–A year after a fire nearly destroyed its archives, the Museum of Chinese in America debuts a new digital platform. [The Art Newspaper]

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Red Empire State Building Honoring Lives Lost to COVID

Thanks to Susan Levinson for sending this photo from last night. The Empire State Building was pulsing red to honor the 400,000 Americans who …

Activism on the Lower East Side

Justice - by Ben Meyers

A visual reminder that the LES has always been a place of activism. Ben Meyers sent us this photo, taken yesterday, across from Seward Park at the corner of Essex and Canal, on Martin Luther King day.

A still from Autumn. 2017. Directed by Ernie Gehr, via MoMA's website.

“Lower East Side Trilogy” Comes to MoMA

Three recent pieces by avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr’s “Lower East Side Trilogy” is screening online at MoMA. Autumn (completed 2017), Aproposessexstreetmarket (2018), and Circling Essex Crossing (2018). MoMA describes the trilogy as a sequel to Gehr’s Essex Street Quartet, currently screening in an installation on the Museum’s fourth floor. …