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The Lo-Down is a local news site dedicated to covering news, events and – most significantly – the people who live and work in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side. We are Ed Litvak and Traven Rice, a reformed television news producer and filmmaker (in that order). We are Lower East Side residents who launched The Lo-Down to help provide our community with a constant source of information about current events, culture, real estate, food and entertainment. We are featured in the Columbia Journalism Review’s News Frontier Database. You can also read a profile of us in the Village Voice article, “I Blog New York: Your Guide to Gotham’s Best” here. http://bit.ly/1JWybRU The Lo-Down is a member of the Local Independent Online Publishers Association (LION). Rather than serve a single segment of our diverse neighborhood, we are a resource for all cultures and groups on the LES to share information and ideas and to engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues that unite and divide us. We are not a blog that espouses a particular point of view or has an agenda. We work hard to reach out to people and organizations that are not often heard from – and to solicit multiple points of view and new perspectives. It is most important to us that everyone has an opportunity to tell their own story.

Mission: To share news, information and to help build community in our neighborhood.

Asian American Pacific Islander Festival to Be Held in Chinatown Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/17/2019
Asian American Pacific Islander Festival to Be Held in Chinatown Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Asian American Pacific Islander Festival to Be Held in Chinatown Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Coming up on Sunday, it's the 40th Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival in Chinatown. More from the organizers: The 40th Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival is the largest and longest continuously running Pan-Asian street festival on the East Coast. Bring fam...

MTA Agrees to Retain Local Bus Service on M14 A and D Lines | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/16/2019
MTA Agrees to Retain Local Bus Service on M14 A and D Lines | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

MTA Agrees to Retain Local Bus Service on M14 A and D Lines | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

14a bus on Grand Street. File photo. Local activists and community activists are celebrating the MTA's decision to retain local service on the M14 A and D lines through the Lower East Side. The transit authority had proposed the elimination of numerous stops, including along Grand Street, to accommo...

New Essex Street Market Opens on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/13/2019
New Essex Street Market Opens on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

New Essex Street Market Opens on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

After a weekend in soft open mode, the new Essex Street Market makes its official debut this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speech-making from city officials. When we stopped by the market yesterday afternoon, vendors were stocking their display counters and greeting both longtime shoppe...

Be sure to stop by the  Seward Park Branch Library and check out this exhibit by local artist Alex Price.
05/08/2019
Seward Park Library Hosts “The City Scene From the Sidewalk,” Exhibition by Alex Price | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Be sure to stop by the Seward Park Branch Library and check out this exhibit by local artist Alex Price.

Recent work by local artist Alex Price is currently on exhibit at the Seward Park Library. In a series titled, "The City Scene From the Sidewalk," a collection of watercolor paintings depict views from bustling neighborhoods around town, including many from the Lower East Side. Price has been painti...

On Division Street | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/08/2019
On Division Street | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

On Division Street | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Good morning! Kama Geary took this photo yesterday; postal workers congregated at the corner of Division and Orchard streets after a fire alarm went off in their Lower East Side/Chinatown building (there was no fire).

Grand St. Settlement hosts their delicious annual event, Taste of the Lower East Side, this Thursday.
05/06/2019
Taste to your heart’s desire at Taste of the Lower East Side (Sponsored) | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Grand St. Settlement hosts their delicious annual event, Taste of the Lower East Side, this Thursday.

Are you a foodie? Do you care about making your community a better place? Put those two things together and you’ve got Taste of the Lower East Side, a tasting event and fundraiser on May 9th for the programs at Grand St. Settlement. What started as an event benefitting Grand St.’s mentorship pro...

Saying Our Goodbyes to the Old Essex Street Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/06/2019
Saying Our Goodbyes to the Old Essex Street Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Saying Our Goodbyes to the Old Essex Street Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

It was a day of high emotions on the Lower East Side Sunday, as longtime customers and vendors said goodbye to the old Essex Street Market building at 120 Essex St. The 1940 structure once described as "unlovely" by the New York Times, is now shattered and will soon be demolished in favor of an eigh...

An Era Ends Sunday as the Old Essex Street Market Building Closes For Good | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/03/2019
An Era Ends Sunday as the Old Essex Street Market Building Closes For Good | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

An Era Ends Sunday as the Old Essex Street Market Building Closes For Good | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

If you want to visit the old Essex Street Market one more time before the vendors cross Delancey Street, Sunday will be your last opportunity. The 79-year-old building at 120 Essex St. will soon be demolished to make way for another shiny apartment building. The newly expanded market will soft open....

Now you can eat your bialy in the sunshine...
05/02/2019
Outdoor Seating Opens at Kossar’s | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Now you can eat your bialy in the sunshine...

Locals, tourists and interlopers will be glad to know -- you can now have your bialy while enjoying the sunshine in the outdoor seating area, which recently opened at the popular schmear shop, Kossar's Bagels & Bialys. Their hours look to be the same: 7 days a week form 6:00a – 6:00p

Happening This Morning: Rally to Save MTA’s 14 A & D Bus Service | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
05/01/2019
Happening This Morning: Rally to Save MTA’s 14 A & D Bus Service | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Happening This Morning: Rally to Save MTA’s 14 A & D Bus Service | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

14a bus on Grand Street. File photo. If you're around the neighborhood this morning, you might want to stop by Ahearn Park. There's a rally coordinated by Educational Alliance in response to the MTA's plan to institute Select Bus Service, eliminating several stops along the M14 A and D bus routes. H...

Summer Produce! Two Lower East Side CSA’s Open 2019 Enrollment | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/30/2019
Summer Produce! Two Lower East Side CSA’s Open 2019 Enrollment | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Summer Produce! Two Lower East Side CSA’s Open 2019 Enrollment | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photo: Grand Street CSA. Before you know it, fresh summer fruits and vegetables will be making an appearance at local greenmarkets. If you want to get your warm weather produce direct from a regional farm and help sustain independent farmers in the area, joining a CSA is the way to go. "CSA" stands....

CB3 in May: Pier 42 Update, Rivington House Settlement, Clinton Street Traffic Plans | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower...
04/29/2019
CB3 in May: Pier 42 Update, Rivington House Settlement, Clinton Street Traffic Plans | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

CB3 in May: Pier 42 Update, Rivington House Settlement, Clinton Street Traffic Plans | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Pier 42. Here's a look at some of the issues Community Board 3 will be taking up in May. --On Thursday, May 16 at a meeting of the parks committee, officials from the city's Economic Development Corp. will update progress at Pier 42, which is very slowly becoming a new recreational area. They'll als...

DA: Police Officer’s Lies Sent Innocent People to Prison; Two Cases on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from t...
04/25/2019
DA: Police Officer’s Lies Sent Innocent People to Prison; Two Cases on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

DA: Police Officer’s Lies Sent Innocent People to Prison; Two Cases on the Lower East Side | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

According to Manhattan's district attorney, lies by a veteran New York City detective sent at least three innocent people to prison. Two of the cases in question happened on the Lower East Side. On Wednesday, narcotics cop Joseph Franco was charged with 16 counts, including perjury and official misc...

The Fog Rolls In | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/19/2019
The Fog Rolls In | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The Fog Rolls In | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Good morning! Jay Frank sent along this photo taken a week ago. Seemed appropriate as we await more rain today and over the weekend. It's Good Friday and the start of Passover tonight. Happy holidays!

Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/19/2019
Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

We've been fielding quite a few emails from readers hoping to find out what's happening at Cafe Petisco, the popular Mediterranean restaurant at 189 East Broadway. Earlier this month, signage appeared outside indicating that construction on Jefferson Street had forced the collapse of a wall in the b...

Essex Crossing Tower at 180 Broome St. Tops Off at 26 Stories | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/18/2019
Essex Crossing Tower at 180 Broome St. Tops Off at 26 Stories | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Essex Crossing Tower at 180 Broome St. Tops Off at 26 Stories | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

180 Broome St. Photo courtesy of Delancey Street Associates. Another building at Essex Crossing has been "topped off." Delancey Street Associates, the developers of the mega-project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, announced yesterday that 180 Broome St. has reached its full height of 2...

04/11/2019
Lower East Side Voices: Top Hops in the Essex Street Market

Today we wrap up our series on the Essex Street Market with a profile of Top Hops, the Lower East Side craft beer store that opened an outpost in the market three years ago. This project has been a collaboration with NYCity News Service. In late April or early May, the vendors will leave their historic home behind, making the transition to a brand new market in the Essex Crossing mega-project. So we thought it would be a good idea to check in with the merchants who will soon be making the move. This installment was produced by Cole Zerboni. #LowerEastSideVoices #EssexStreetMarket

04/10/2019
Lower East Side Voices: Puebla Mexican Food in the Essex Street Market

The Essex Street Market has for many years been a refuge for startup businesses. As retail rents in stand-alone brick-and-mortar locations have become unaffordable, the historic market has been one of the few places where new ventures can take hold. It was a different story for Puebla Mexican Food. Irma Marmolejo and her son Jose opened a stall in the Essex Street Market after a rent hike forced them from their longtime storefront on 1st Avenue. In anticipation of the upcoming move of the public market across Delancey Street in the coming weeks, we have been featuring videos with some of the vendors. Today Trayonna Hendricks on NYCity News Service profiles this mother-son small business. #LowerEastSideVoices #EssexStreetMarket

04/09/2019
Lower East Side Voices: Mixed Emotions About Essex Street Market Move

Like many people on the Lower East Side, Emmanuel Diaz has mixed feelings about the the looming move of the Essex Street Market from its historic home to the brand new Essex Crossing mega-development across Delancey Street. Diaz, owner of Dominican Cravings, will be joining about 20 existing vendors in making the transition shortly after Easter. In today’s installment of our series in collaboration with NYCity News Service, Diaz explains why he’s both excited and a little sad about the changes. This story was produced by Cristian Arroyo. #LowerEastSideVoices #EssexStreetMarket

04/08/2019
Lower East Sixe Voices: Essex Olive & Spice in the Essex Street Market

Big changes are, of course, coming very soon to the Essex Street Market. The vendors will be making the move from the market’s historic home at 120 Essex St. across Delancey Street to a newly expanded space in the Essex Crossing mega-development. To mark the occasion, we have been profiling some of the merchants. Our series continues today as reporter Shahar Golan of NYCity News Service introduces us to Saad Bourkadi of Essex Olive and Spice. #LowerEastSideVoices #EssexStreetMarket

Regal Opens New 14-Screen Multiplex at Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/08/2019
Regal Opens New 14-Screen Multiplex at Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Regal Opens New 14-Screen Multiplex at Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

In case you missed the weekend social media buzz, the Lower East Side's new 14-screen multiplex is now open for business. The Regal Essex Crossing made its debut on Saturday at 129 Delancey St. We checked it out on Saturday evening, and were not alone. In the theater showing "Us," the new Jordan Pee...

It’s open. @regalmovies at Essex Crossing - 129 Delancey St. #neighborhoodmovietheater
04/06/2019

It’s open. @regalmovies at Essex Crossing - 129 Delancey St. #neighborhoodmovietheater

Great new spot @goldendinerny #breakfastburrito #bltsandwich #yum
04/06/2019

Great new spot @goldendinerny #breakfastburrito #bltsandwich #yum

Lower East Side Mobilizes Against M14 Bus Changes | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/05/2019
Lower East Side Mobilizes Against M14 Bus Changes | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Lower East Side Mobilizes Against M14 Bus Changes | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

No one was very impressed with the MTA's "Open House" at the 7th Precinct the other night, in which planned changes in the M14a and M14d bus routes were to be discussed. Local residents thought (or at least hoped) that New York City Transit would be open to feedback. But many people came away convin...

04/05/2019
Lower East Side Voices: A Taste of Japan in the Essex Street Market

Tucked in a corner of the Essex Street Market, you’ll find a little gem called Ni Japanese Delicacies. Fortunately it will live on in the new market, opening soon on the ground floor on the Essex Crossing mega-project across Delancey Street. In the latest installment of our series focused on the vendors, reporter Henna Choudhary of NY City News Service speaks with co-owner Saori Numata. #EssexStreetMarket #LowerEastSideVoices Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

04/04/2019
Lower East Side Voices: An Immigrant Success Story at the Essex Street Market

Today we’re continuing our series in partnership with NY City News Service on changing times at the Essex Street Market. In the very near future, the vendors will be crossing Delancey Street to a brand new facility in the Essex Crossing mega-project. Reporter Lakshmi Sivadas profiles Pan D’Avignon, the wholesale bakery with a retail outpost in the Lower East Side market. #LowerEastSideVoices #EssexStreetMarket Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

04/03/2019

This week we’re partnering with NY City News Service for a video series on the historic Essex Street Market, just weeks before the vendors move over to a shiny new home on the south side of Delancey Street. The existing market will be demolished to make way for a new apartment building as part of the Essex Crossing mega-project.

The reporters from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism found a variety of opinions about the transition. On one hand, residents (and some vendors) are sad to see the old market go. Its demolition will wipe away some of the last vestiges of the historic Lower East Side and the only reminder of the neighborhood’s pushcart past. But many of the merchants are eagerly anticipating the new order. They’ve been suffering in recent years as foot traffic dwindled. As part of an agreement with the community, Essex Crossing developers are paying both their buildout and moving expenses.

In today’s installment, reporter Karishma Vanjani offers this take on old vs. new. Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY #EssexStreetMarket #LowerEastSideVoices

04/02/2019
Lower East Side Voices: Peasant Stock Prepares For a New Era at the Essex Street Market

In the next few weeks, the Essex Street Market will be moving from its historic home at 120 Essex St. to a gleaming new space on the south side of Delancey Street. Over the years, The Lo-Down has covered the happenings of the market almost religiously. At this transitional time, we wanted a fresh perspective on the changes ahead, so we asked the team at NY City News Service to spend some time with the vendors. We’ll be showcasing their videos in the next several days. Today, reporter Orla McCaffrey profiles Christine Juritsch and her daughter Emma of Peasant Stock

Groundbreaking Held For Reconstruction of Luther Gulick Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
03/27/2019
Groundbreaking Held For Reconstruction of Luther Gulick Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Groundbreaking Held For Reconstruction of Luther Gulick Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photo courtesy of City Council member Margaret Chin. That's Bolotsky in the middle, in the blue jacket. Have you ever walked past an eyesore in your neighborhood and thought, "I should do something about that"? Well, this is exactly what happened to fourth generation Lower East Sider Dave Bolotsky.....

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