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 …

Eyes on Essex


Good morning! On Essex Street by Canal Street, near the old Schames & Sons paint shop, by Roger Bultot.


Private Piano Lessons in New York, Sponsored by New York Piano School

Some people have fond memories of taking piano lessons as a child, but for many others, the experience was less-than-inspiring. Perhaps their …

NYC Mayors Office

Public Notice: Combined Notice of Joint ROD and Findings Statement and NOI RROF (Sponsored)

East Side Coastal Resiliency Project – New York, New York, December 6, 2019: This provides notice that the City of New York’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as the “Responsible Entity,” as that term is identified by 24 CFR 58.2(a)(7)(i), together with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), has issued a Joint Record of Decision (ROD) and Findings Statement …

Lower East Side Links

–A fight among homeless men in the 2nd Avenue subway station ended in a stabbing. Two victims suffered non-fatal injuries. Cops are looking for three suspects. [Daily News]

–There was a huge line at the Bowery Mission earlier this week for the annual winter coat giveaway. [Channel 7]

–A housing lottery has opened for 23 below-market rental apartments at 171 Suffolk St., Sion Misrahi’s new project bordering East Houston Street. [NYC Housing Connect]

–A new report shows that the troubled Lower East Side mega-tower, One Manhattan Square, had the most sales of any residential building this year, offering “a positive spin on developer Extell’s effort to fill out the 80-story tower,” which has 815 units. [Crain’s]

–A profile of Essex Pearl, the “tide to table” seafood market and restaurant in the Market Line. [Robb Report]

–Chef Mark Garcia is bringing his “personable, nontraditional approach” to sushi to Kissaki at 319 Bowery. [Eater]

–The New York City Transit Museum’s vintage 1930s subway cars are back in service for the holidays. You can catch a ride Sundays from the 2nd Avenue F Train Station. [NY Transit Museum]

Clinton Street Gridlock, Holiday Edition


All of a sudden, the Lower East Side has multiple Christmas tree vendors, including this operation alongside Target/Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. A local resident sent along a photo taken the other day, noting  that the vendor is, “taking up the entire footpath and causing traffic issues with pedestrians, especially those with strollers and scooters for the elderly.”


PS 124 Theater Club’s Young Performers Star in New Documentary

The team behind “Curtain Up,” a new documentary featuring elementary school students in the PS 124 Theater Club, is offering a community preview on …


This is What’s Ahead For Community Board 3 in December

Most of us are still in holiday mode, but beginning next week Community Board 3 will be back to work. Here’s a look at …

Lower East Side Links

–A bankruptcy court appointed broker is trying to unload a 46,000 commercial building at 55 Chrystie Street. He claims many owners of multi-family residential buildings have expressed interest because, “they can’t operate under the new rent laws and want to invest in other types of assets.” [New York Post]

–The City Council approves legislation to crack down on placard parking abuses. [New York Post]

–Renovations in Seward Park are nearly complete. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. [Seward Park Conservancy]

–At Partybus Bakeshop on Essex Street, you can sample cookies and other baked goods from Jacqueline Eng, a “magical wizard who bakes things that look fairly ordinary, but taste like some sort of fantastic dream come true.”  [Gothamist]

–The first Yiddish play staged in this country — inside a beer hall on the Bowery — will be revived at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. [The Forward]

–The Tompkins Square Park tree lighting takes place Dec. 8. [EV Grieve]

Last Light

2019, 11/26 - NYC - View from our terrace

Sunset over the East River – Susan Levinson took this photo the other day.

550 Grand St 2BR 2 karpoff

Featured Listing, Sponsored by Karpoff Affiliates

Great 2 bedroom possible conversion to three bedroom. in Hillman complex. Many closets, Great light, gym, many closets, views Grand Street, …


Essex Crossing Panel Discussion Takes Place Dec. 5

Coming up on Thursday, Dec. 5, the developers of Essex Crossing and community collaborators will participate in a panel discussion (“Private Means to Public …

Bursts of Color in the Lower East Side Sky

Photo by Samantha and Mayer Sinensky.

Photo by Samantha and Mayer Sinensky.

The weather might not have been ideal over the weekend, especially on Sunday. But the sunsets were pretty. Two views, first from Samantha and Mayer Sinensky, then from Andrea DiFiore.

Photo by Andrea DiFiore.

Photo by Andrea DiFiore.


The Market Line is Open Today at Essex Crossing

It’s grand opening weekend for the Market Line at Essex Crossing. Following a VIP preview last night, the subterranean shopping complex makes a long-awaited …