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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.

Here's a fun event our friends at Feed me a story are hosting at Essex Market, courtesy of Theresa Loong and Laura Nova....
11/15/2019
Take an Essex Market Audio Tour and Share Your Favorite Ingredients With Feed Me a Story | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Here's a fun event our friends at Feed me a story are hosting at Essex Market, courtesy of Theresa Loong and Laura Nova. Feed Me a Story Audio Tour Launch at Essex Market!

Our friends at the Feed Me a Story project are kicking off a new audio tour of Essex Market (88 Essex St.) with a fun event this Saturday, from 11am - 1pm, on the mezzanine at the market.

What The New York Times Got Wrong About Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
11/14/2019
What The New York Times Got Wrong About Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

What The New York Times Got Wrong About Essex Crossing | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The other day in the New York Times, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman called the Essex Crossing project, "one of New York’s most promising new mixed-use developments." He even dubbed it the "anti-Hudson Yards." The Lower East Side mega-project, with its "boxy, mostly bland exteriors," did not...

(Opinion) The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan is Worthy of Our Support | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
11/07/2019
(Opinion) The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan is Worthy of Our Support | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

(Opinion) The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan is Worthy of Our Support | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The scene along the East River Esplanade during Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Virginia Jones. The following op/ed was written by Lower East Side resident and architect William J. Rockwell. The Lo-Down accepts op/ed submissions relevant to the Lower East Side community. Opinion pieces do not reflect the....

Samesa Becomes First Casualty of New Essex Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
11/04/2019
Samesa Becomes First Casualty of New Essex Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Samesa Becomes First Casualty of New Essex Market | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The new Essex Market has its first flop. The shawarma counter, Samesa, has shut down just five months after the market moved into its new gleaming space as part of the Essex Crossing project. Samesa, a project from the high profile chefs, Max and Eli Sussman, was one of a handful of new ventures joi...

East River Angst | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
11/04/2019
East River Angst | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

East River Angst | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Good morning! Activists on the Lower East Side are gearing up for today's City Council hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan. They're opposing the city's scheme to demolish and rebuild the park (including the bandshell) in the name of resiliency. The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Sitings and...

The Fascinating History of The Schiff Fountain in Seward Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
10/26/2019
The Fascinating History of The Schiff Fountain in Seward Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The Fascinating History of The Schiff Fountain in Seward Park | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Image of Schiff Fountain from "Parks Without Borders" presentation. Big changes are, of course, coming to Seward Park. A $6.4 million renovation through the city's Parks Without Borders program is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Meanwhile, the Seward Park Conservancy is launchi...

Starting your day in the dark can be tough during these early fall mornings, but photographer Jill Gewirtz took a couple...
10/23/2019
Before Sunrise, on Grand Street | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Starting your day in the dark can be tough during these early fall mornings, but photographer Jill Gewirtz took a couple great shots on Grand Street the other morning, just before sunrise. See more on her instagram @jillgewirtz.

Starting your day in the dark can be tough during these early fall mornings, but photographer Jill Gewirtz took a couple great shots on Grand Street the other morning, just before sunrise. See more on her instagram @jillgewirtz.

Mayor Announces Lower East Side Late Night Quality of Life Improvement Plan | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Sid...
10/23/2019
Mayor Announces Lower East Side Late Night Quality of Life Improvement Plan | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Mayor Announces Lower East Side Late Night Quality of Life Improvement Plan | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photos by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photo Office. Mayor de Blasio and his minions yesterday came to Max Fish, the Orchard Street bar, to talk up his new "late night quality of life improvement plan." The plan, from the New York City Office of Nightlife, is focused on a six-block area between Ludlow and Orchar...

Community Invited to Help Clean Up Montgomery Triangle Park on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
10/15/2019
Community Invited to Help Clean Up Montgomery Triangle Park on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Community Invited to Help Clean Up Montgomery Triangle Park on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The sad, neglected public triangle bordering Montgomery Street, East Broadway and Samuel Dickstein Plaza is about to get some TLC. A local resident, Fannie Ip, has organized a community cleanup event under the auspices of "It's My Park Day" this coming Saturday. She's teaming up with Partnerships fo...

Permits Filed For 28-Story Condo Tower Next to Bialystoker Building | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
10/15/2019
Permits Filed For 28-Story Condo Tower Next to Bialystoker Building | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Permits Filed For 28-Story Condo Tower Next to Bialystoker Building | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Developers have filed permits with the NYC Department of Buildings to put up a 28-story tower next to the former Bialystoker Nursing Hone building on East Broadway. Round Square Development (then known as the Ascend Group) waged a lengthy battle last year to purchase air rights from the Seward Park....

After Brutal Murders of Homeless Men in Chinatown, Mayor is Urged to Take Bold Action | The Lo-Down : News from the Lowe...
10/07/2019
After Brutal Murders of Homeless Men in Chinatown, Mayor is Urged to Take Bold Action | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

After Brutal Murders of Homeless Men in Chinatown, Mayor is Urged to Take Bold Action | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The horrifying murders of four homeless men in Chinatown early Saturday are generating national news headlines and renewed pleas for a comprehensive strategy to confront New York City's homelessness crisis. In court on Sunday, the suspect, 24-year-old Randy Santos, was charged with four counts of mu...

Good morning! @guten212 took this photo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. #lowereastsidenyc
09/27/2019

Good morning! @guten212 took this photo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. #lowereastsidenyc

You still have one weekend to take in the sights, sounds and foods of the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Ita...
09/20/2019

You still have one weekend to take in the sights, sounds and foods of the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. Thanks to Roger Bultot for these great images. #sangennarofeast #nyc

Activists Will Rally to Bury City’s East River Park Resiliency Plan on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East...
09/20/2019
Activists Will Rally to Bury City’s East River Park Resiliency Plan on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Activists Will Rally to Bury City’s East River Park Resiliency Plan on Saturday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Community activists are planning a rally tomorrow (Saturday) to protest the city's resiliency plan for East River Park. From the organizers' press release: Demonstrators will bury a much-criticized flood control plan under a pile of compost in East River Park Saturday. It’s their response to the c...

Rivington House Building is Sold For $160 Million; New Owner a Mystery | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/20/2019
Rivington House Building is Sold For $160 Million; New Owner a Mystery | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Rivington House Building is Sold For $160 Million; New Owner a Mystery | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The former Rivington House nursing home at 45 Rivington Street. Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co. and Adam America Real Estate have had enough. They have now sold the former Rivington House nursing home building to a mystery buyer for $160 million. The developers' dreams of a luxury condo conver...

Scenes From San Gennaro | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/18/2019
Scenes From San Gennaro | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Scenes From San Gennaro | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photos by Roger Bultot. You still have one weekend to take in the sights, sounds and foods of the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. So what better time to feature a photo gallery from the big celebration? Thanks to Roger Bultot from these great images.

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Your Favorite Grand Street Businesses on Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/18/2019
Celebrate Oktoberfest With Your Favorite Grand Street Businesses on Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Your Favorite Grand Street Businesses on Sunday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The early forecast says it's going to be 85 degrees on Sunday. Not quite fall-like weather, but here's one way to celebrate the new season: The First Annual Grand Street Oktoberfest is coming to the Lower East Side on Sunday. The event has been organized by Jared Male, chef and owner of Randall's Ba...

Community Board 3 Hearing on Budget Priorities Will Be Held Wednesday Night | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Sid...
09/16/2019
Community Board 3 Hearing on Budget Priorities Will Be Held Wednesday Night | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Community Board 3 Hearing on Budget Priorities Will Be Held Wednesday Night | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Looking down on one of the Parks Department's many unfinished projects: the Allen/Pike Street pedestrian malls. Coming up this week. you have an opportunity to tell Community Board 3 what projects on the Lower East Side should be funded in the city budget. While CB3 does not have any budget-making a...

Golden Diner is Now Open For Dinner | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/13/2019
Golden Diner is Now Open For Dinner | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Golden Diner is Now Open For Dinner | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Golden Diner, a great little spot that opened with limited hours at 123 Madison St. earlier this year, just debuted dinner service. Chef/owner Sam Yoo, an alumnus of some of the better restaurant kitchens in town, has been packing them in for weekend brunch since March. The diner, located in the sha...

You Can Help Choose Which Local Projects Receive City Funding | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/09/2019
You Can Help Choose Which Local Projects Receive City Funding | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

You Can Help Choose Which Local Projects Receive City Funding | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

You can help decide how to spend $1 million in your neighborhood. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, City Council members Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera are jointly kicking off this year's round of Participatory Budgeting. The program, now in its eighth year, gives community members a role in spending a portio...

We’ll be there! #Repost @aeonbooks ・・・“it’s already been a year, but symbolically sanctioned for celebration on Saturday...
09/06/2019

We’ll be there! #Repost @aeonbooks
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“it’s already been a year, but symbolically sanctioned for celebration on Saturday, September Seventh at 7 - come hang and toast to the sublime struggle of doing anything in this crazy world - - drinks will be available with suggested donations to go towards some much needed improvements for the next æon ;) Or just bring the vibes / buy some books for the cause or for a positive pause - store is fully stocked, let’s rock~”

Sauce Reopens Friday at 78 Rivington St. After January Fire | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
09/04/2019
Sauce Reopens Friday at 78 Rivington St. After January Fire | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Sauce Reopens Friday at 78 Rivington St. After January Fire | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Back in January, a devastating fire swept through Sauce, the Italian spot at 78 Rivington St., forcing the eight-year-old Lower East Side restaurant to close. After months of repairs, Sauce is set to reopen. According to restaurant reps, they'll be back in business on Friday. Sauce has a refreshed i...

City Planning Commission Approves Borough-Based Jail Plan; City Council Hearing Thursday | The Lo-Down : News from the L...
09/04/2019
City Planning Commission Approves Borough-Based Jail Plan; City Council Hearing Thursday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

City Planning Commission Approves Borough-Based Jail Plan; City Council Hearing Thursday | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

125 White St. - Manhattan Detention Complex. The City Planning Commission Tuesday voted in favor of the mayor's plan to replace Rikers Island with four borough-based jails, including a large new prison complex at 125 White St. in Chinatown. The commission voted 9-3 in favor of a sweeping land use pr...

Here’s What’s Happening at Community Board 3 in September | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/30/2019
Here’s What’s Happening at Community Board 3 in September | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Here’s What’s Happening at Community Board 3 in September | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Rendering of 60 Norfolk St. Dattner Architects. You're probably thinking about barbecues and those last trips to the beach as we head into Labor Day weekend. But after the holiday, it will be a busy month for Community Board 3. Here are some of the highlights from CB3's recently released meeting age...

Housing Lottery Opens For Nine Rentals in Tower on Former Moscot Site | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/28/2019
Housing Lottery Opens For Nine Rentals in Tower on Former Moscot Site | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Housing Lottery Opens For Nine Rentals in Tower on Former Moscot Site | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Image: Alexander Gorlin Architects. Beginning today, you can apply for nine below-market rate apartments in the new 12-story tower going up on the former site of the Moscot eyewear store at 118 Orchard St. Applications may be submitted through a city-sponsored housing lottery. There are eight 1-bedr...

Mention The Lo-Down and get a free shampoo with your shave and haircut at family run Grand Cutters Barber Shop
08/27/2019
Get a Free Shampoo with Your Royal Shave and a Haircut at Grand Cutters Barber Shop | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Mention The Lo-Down and get a free shampoo with your shave and haircut at family run Grand Cutters Barber Shop

Grand Cutters Barber Shop is a family oriented barbershop that has been on the Lower East Side since 1960. There’s a reason why Grand Cutters has been around for so long. ​From haircuts, beard trims, and the signature classic - the Royal Shave, we care about the quality of service.

Graffiti Scrawled on Exterior of East Broadway Yeshiva | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/26/2019
Graffiti Scrawled on Exterior of East Broadway Yeshiva | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Graffiti Scrawled on Exterior of East Broadway Yeshiva | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The NYPD's hate crimes unit is looking into who was responsible for some graffiti that was scrawled on the facade of Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, the yeshiva at 147 East Broadway. The Yeshiva World reported that the explicit graffiti was left on the building during Shabbos, on Saturday. Police are t...

A Bigger Dudley’s Opens Today at 85 Orchard St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/23/2019
A Bigger Dudley’s Opens Today at 85 Orchard St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

A Bigger Dudley’s Opens Today at 85 Orchard St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

The newly expanded Dudley's officially opens for business today at 85 Orchard St. The Australian restaurant has been a fixture on the corner of Broome and Orchard streets since 2012. Dudley's has now taken over a neighboring storefront, creating a roomier interior space. There are also new menu item...

Report: 121 Closings at One Manhattan Square in 2019 So Far | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/21/2019
Report: 121 Closings at One Manhattan Square in 2019 So Far | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Report: 121 Closings at One Manhattan Square in 2019 So Far | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

So how are sales going at One Manhattan Square, the mega-project Lower East Siders love to hate? The other day, Property Shark listed the 15 top selling buildings in New York City during the first half of 2019. One Manhattan Square, the 80-story project looming over the Two Bridges neighborhood, was...

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2019/08/hester-street-fair-honors-original-vendors-and-new-creators-this-weekend.html
08/18/2019
Hester Street Fair Honors Original Vendors and New Creators This Weekend | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2019/08/hester-street-fair-honors-original-vendors-and-new-creators-this-weekend.html

A full weekend is coming up at Hester Street Fair. On Saturday, their "We Started Here" event returns in honor of the small businesses who started out at the fair and successfully moved on to bigger venues (and ventures). A few of those vendors have become neighborhood favorites, including: Melt Bak...

Documents Filed For New Large-Scale Residential Project at 161 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
08/16/2019
Documents Filed For New Large-Scale Residential Project at 161 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Documents Filed For New Large-Scale Residential Project at 161 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Get ready for more large-scale construction in the area between Delancey and Grand streets. Developers have filed plans for a new 15-story mixed-use building at 161 Broome St. That's a site owned by the Grand Street Guild, a nonprofit corporation formed by the Archdiocese of New York. According to d...

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