Kate Valk copy

Artists in the Time of COVID-19: A Conversation With The Wooster Group’s Kate Valk

What is this…Week 9 or 11? Day 56 or something…since we’ve sheltered-in-place? New York Tough as the Governor said. NY Smart, too. And creative and proud. We make music every night at 7pm for our healthcare workers–spontaneous, cacophonous, improvisational—ok, so we stole the idea from Italy, but we made it our own. …

Photo via @bacaronyc. They are offering a special "Mother's Day pop-up shop on Saturday, May 9, 2020"

Coronavirus Update: Mother’s Day Essentials, Care Pack Pastries and More

Here’s an update on more local spots reopening this week. Many are finding creative ways to adapt, re-inventing themselves as grocers and offering take home meal kits and cocktails, prepped and ready to cook (or mix) yourself… …


“Open Streets” Come to the Lower East Side to Promote Responsible Social Distancing

The Lower East Side became part of the city’s “Open Streets” COVID-19 initiative this week. Beginning on Thursday, several blocks above Delancey Street were …

Lower East Side Links

–At a City Council budget hearing, the administration announced its delaying the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project yet again. Construction is now scheduled to start in the fall instead of the spring. [Politico]

–The NYPD is once again under fire for targeting people of color after the violent arrest of a man in a “social distancing enforcement action” outside a deli at East 9th Street and Avenue D. [Gothamist]

–The Allure Group, former owner of Rivington House, is under scrutiny for its management of a Harlem nursing home during the COVID-19 crisis. [Daily News]

–The beloved East Village business. Gem Spa, will not reopen. [EV Grieve]

–One of the city’s oldest bars, Paris Cafe in the Seaport District, has closed for good. [Tribeca Citizen]

–The city is handing out face masks in public spaces, including at Seward Park Monday morning and the Alfred E. Smith Rec Center tomorrow morning. [NYC.gov]

–P.S, 20 teacher Christine Drago is making the most of virtual learning and making sure her students and their families get the support they need during a difficult time. [Channel 7]

–Forgtmenot’s grocery is featured on tv. [Channel 4]


Coronavirus Update: Pickles, Tamales, Cocktails and More

Here’s our updated list of local spots offering pickup and delivery, plus some highlights featuring new openings, options and special events. First, some highlights:

Lower East Side Links

–Extell announces a COVID-19 sale at One Manhattan Square. [The Real Deal]

–Unemployment claims by Asian Americans have gone up dramatically in New York, more than any ethnic group. Jing Fong co-owner Truman Lam has some ideas why. [CNN]

–What’s happening at 46 Mott St.: a Chinatown grocer feeds the community, distributing around 100 free meals every day. [NBC News]

–State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou speaks out about scapegoating of Asian Americans and the failure of government during the COVID-19 crisis. [NBC News]

–Coronavirus Chronicle: 24 hours in New York City, including a visit to Russ & Daughters; “The shop was shuttered for two weeks. It didn’t feel right. On Tuesday, April 14th, the store reopened, though no customers were allowed inside—phone orders only…” [The New Yorker]

–A conversation with Parkside Lounge owner Christopher Lee, who has recovered from coronavirus. [EV Grieve]

–Jake Dell, co-owner of Katz’s Deli, says takeout orders are enough to keep the restaurant afloat. [Channel 11]

–The chefs behind Contra and Wildair have “reincarnated” their two tasting menu restaurants to create something brand new, and more rustic, for takeout in the time of COVID-19. (NewYorker)

–ICYMI: Gabrielle Hamilton moving essay in the Times also offered a lot of insight about how the East Village and Lower East Side have changed over the course of two decades. [New York Times]


Hester Street Fair LES History

Hester Street Fair Celebrates LES History Month with “LES Profiles”

In celebration of Lower East Side History Month Hester Street Fair (HSF) is teaming up with The People’s LES, initiated by Downtown Art and …

Fill Out the Census Online in Less Than Ten Minutes (Sponsored)


Live in NYC? Yes, YOU fill out the census!

Complete it in less than 10 minutes at: My2020census.gov

*This is a paid advertisement.

453 FDR Drive 1BR rent

Apartment of the Week, Sponsored by Halstead Property

Fully Renovated 1BR/Balcony Rental – Stunning Views!

Prime location (corner unit, South & East exposures, lots of sunlight year-round and wonderful breeze in …

Blue Angels over the Williamsburg Bridge. Photo by Rik Moran @rikmoran

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Salute COVID-19 Responders

Thanks to our readers who sent along these great photos and videos of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flyover earlier today. …

Sunrise on the Lower East Side

Sunrise by Susan Levinson

Susan Levinson caught this sunrise on the LES and sent it along.

Lower East Side Links

–The Tenement Museum, largely dependent on ticket sales, is now facing an uncertain future. Its president says, “We’re not earning anything for four months… Any institution has to wonder what it’s going to look like on the other side (of the coronavirus).” [New York Times]

–Several COVID-19 testing sites have opened near NYCHA complexes, including one at Gouverneur Health. [Channel 7]

–Local City Council Member Carlina Rivera is co-sponsoring legislation that would restore and expand the mayor’s short-lived shared streets program to give cooped up residents room to enjoy the outdoors. [NY1]

–Lower East Side restaurant, LES Enfants de Bohème, is profiled in this piece that looks at the frightening prospects for independent New York City restaurants. [Gothamist]

–A look at how Economy Candy is trying to survive the pandemic. [Gothamist]

–Orchard Street’s Lesley Heller Gallery is closing for good. [Hyperallergic]

–Checking on artist Anton van Dalen, a longtime chronicler of the Lower East Side. [Hyperallergic]

–Remembering Jimmy Webb. [The New Yorker]

Frank Arroyo stands in the doorway of Frank's Bike Shop as he helps Jayy Hubbard, whose seatpost is stuck. Photo by Kari Jensen.

Coronavirus Update: Bike Shops Are More Essential Than Ever

It’s been about a month since Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down nonessential businesses, but then failed to include bike shops on the original list of essential workplaces that could stay open. Bike shops were soon added after an outcry from bicycle advocates. Since then, bike shops have been a crucial resource to the city’s two-wheeled commuters, some who cycle to avoid riding subways. …

Fill Out the 2020 Census Online Now (Sponsored)


Live in NYC? Yes, YOU fill out the census!

Complete it in less than 10 minutes at: My2020census.gov

*This is a paid advertisement.

Eastwood owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States offering drinks and food at their friendly new "take out" windows.

Coronavirus Update: Staying Open Means Staying Nimble and Creative (UPDATED LIST)

Here’s an update on local spots that are open for pick-up and delivery. We’re also highlighting how some local shops, venues and organizations are staying creative, by adapting their offerings to suit our current “on-line-only” reality: …