Lower East Side Links

–It has become increasingly difficult to hold government accountable as large media outlets slash their local news budgets. While smaller news sites have tried to fill the gap, they often are not sustainable financially. This article highlights The Lo-Down’s coverage of the Rivington House scandal, noting that hyperlocal news publications, “at times play a pivotal role in the larger news ecosystem in New York City.” [City & State]

–Praise for local City Council Member Carlina Rivera, who pushed through legislation to deter construction companies that take over bike lanes. [Streetsblog]

–The governor vetoes legislation that would have legalized e-bikes. One advocate for delivery workers, who lobbied for the legislation said, “Governor Cuomo, a supposed champion for immigrants and the working poor, has failed to protect 40,000 low-wage, mostly immigrant workers in New York.” [New York Times]

–The share of Chinese restaurants in major American cities is falling, in part because the children of restaurant owners are “pursuing professional careers that do not demand the same grueling labor as food service.” [New York Times]

–A look behind the shadow economy carved out by can collectors on the streets of New York City. [New York Times]

–What’s the secret to Russ and Daughters’ delicious latkes? Co-owner Niki Russ Federman told all on last weekend’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning. [CBS News]


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Susan Levinson took this photo the other day as the sun set in New York City.

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Kim Katzberg’s “Dad in a Box” Returns for One Night Only at Wild Project

Downtown performer Kim Katzberg brings her multimedia solo play, “Dad in a Box,” to the Wild Project for a one-night-only encore of the award-winning …

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Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property


Fully renovated spacious one bedroom with East River and midtown skyline views! Light and airy with …


Happening at Community Board 3 in January 2020

We’re shifting into holiday mode, but soon 2020 will be here and it will be time to turn our attention back to Community Board …

Lower East Side Links

–An analysis released by the city shows that the new 14th Street busway is boosting ridership and cutting commuting times without snarling traffic. [Daily News]

–Erica Tishman, a prominent architect, was killed by falling debris in Times Square. She was a longtime board member at the Lower East Side’s Educational Alliance. [Channel 4]

–There’s speculation about when and where Apple will choose to establish an office in New York City. The company reportedly looked at Essex Crossing in the last couple of months. [Bloomberg]

–Robert Sietsema lists his top 10 dishes at the new Essex Market/Market Line and makes a few observations about the glitzy new space: “Yes, a couple of good cheap options remain among the upstairs market stalls, including a fishmonger and a pair of vegetable stands. But at most of the new counters, the average price of goods has soared, and the bargain aspects of the old market have largely vanished.” [Eater]

–The sled dog, Togo, is now a Disney star, but thanks to a monument installed in Seward Park in 2001, Togo was already a local legend. [New York Post]


“Pachinko” and “Crazy Rich Asians” Were Top Library Checkouts on the LES in 2019

At this time each year, the New York Public Library shares the top checkouts systemwide and in branch locations across the city. Let’s take …

When You Have the Williamsburg Bridge All to Yourself


Good morning! Local photographer Daniel Root took this photo of a deserted Williamsburg Bridge.

Lower East Side Links

–Students stage a walkout at Pace High School to protest a lack of sports resources for black and Latino youth. [Daily News]

–NYCHA once again makes the Public Advocate’s list of the worst landlords in New York. [Gothamist]

–Affordable housing advocates launch a campaign to end the 421-a tax break program, calling on New York State to redirect funds to fixing public housing. [Daily News]

–City Council Member Carlina Rivera is proposing legislation to create new city offices to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. She’s also calling out elected officials who are too often seen in an SUV rather than on a bicycle. [Daily News]

–Q & A with Paperboy Prince, a Bushwick rapper and subway entertainer in “a red cape and glittery shorts,” who’s taking on U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez in the June 2020 Democratic Primary. [City & State]

Togo, the sled dog, has new prominence in Seward Park. Photo by Roger Bultot.

Seward Park Facelift is Complete

The Parks Without Borders $6 million dollar facelift at Seward Park has been completed. The project touts lower fences, a new library stone courtyard, an expanded garden, ampitheatre seating and new fitness equipment – not to mention lower fencing around the entire periphery. …

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Randall’s Barbecue Offers New Winter Happy Hour Menu

Randall’s Barbecue (359 Grand St.) is boasting a new happy hour menu featuring $20 beer buckets and $10 cocktails, plus $3 tacos and $5 …

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Paul Taylor Dance Presents Free Performances on Sunday, December 15

Our friends and neighbors at the world renowned Paul Talyor American Modern Dance Company are presenting a free performance of Paul Taylor’s Airs and …


A Re-Enactment of Deportation Proceedings Comes to The Cooper Union

An immersive theater experience exploring the process of deportation is coming to the Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Monday, Dec. 9th at 7:00pm. The …

Hester Street Fair Gift Shop

Hester Street Fair Holiday Gift Shop Opens Tonight

The Hester Street Fair opens its Holiday Gift Shop this evening from 5-9pm at 22 Ludlow St. The shop features creators and collectors from …

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour Featured in East Village Arts Festival

As part of the 3rd Annual East Village Arts Festival, the Tompkins Square Library will present Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam tomorrow at …