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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.

Some favorites are back open, some are finally open and some are offering creative options for these COVID times.
05/02/2020
Coronavirus Update: Pickles, Tamales, Cocktails and More | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Some favorites are back open, some are finally open and some are offering creative options for these COVID times.

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: - Factory Tamal is back open for pickup and delivery at 34 Ludlow Street, 9am - 7:30pm: 917-691-5524 (their E. 4th location is still c...

04/28/2020

Thanks to @andreadifiore62 for the share! Blue Angels and the Thunderbird flying over the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon. Pretty spectacular.”
Video by Andrea DiFiore.
#blueangels #usairforcethunderbirds #americastrong🇺🇸 #staysafe #covid_19 #nyc #lowereastsidenyc #newyorkcity

Susan Levinson caught the sunrise on the LES and sent it along. #goodmorning #lowereastsidenyc #stayinside #coviddays
04/24/2020

Susan Levinson caught the sunrise on the LES and sent it along. #goodmorning #lowereastsidenyc #stayinside #coviddays

Thanks for this magical photo taken on the Lower East Side last night by Jennifer Rucker, who wrote: “After a day of ter...
04/14/2020

Thanks for this magical photo taken on the Lower East Side last night by Jennifer Rucker, who wrote: “After a day of terrible rain and wind, the weather clears up in time for the nightly clapping. Something we all look forward to each night. Tonight, we got a little sign of hope.” #covid #lowereastsidenyc #weclapbecausewecare #staystrongnyc🗽

Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
04/13/2020
Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Drummer Amos Gabia Pays Tribute to Essential Workers, Entertains Neighbors | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

  A local resident sent along these uplifting video clips. The Lo-Down reader noticed Ghanian drummer, Amos Gabia, coming out every evening at 7pm to honor our essential workers, noting "... he's become our highlight in these gloomy days. We'd like to acknowledge him and thank him."

We love these! Handmade by @joysflowerpot custom sizing, lots of patterns and with an inside pocket for extra filters, t...
04/12/2020

We love these! Handmade by @joysflowerpot custom sizing, lots of patterns and with an inside pocket for extra filters, to boot! #covi̇d19 #facemask #staystrong

Coronavirus Update: Some Local Stores Now Requiring Customers to Wear Masks | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Sid...
04/11/2020
Coronavirus Update: Some Local Stores Now Requiring Customers to Wear Masks | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Coronavirus Update: Some Local Stores Now Requiring Customers to Wear Masks | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

As coronavirus lockdown is in full swing in New York, some pharmacies and a few stores in the Lower East Side and Chinatown are requiring that customers wear masks or face coverings. These are just some of the measures retailers are taking to protect staff and customers from COVID-19 spread...

Thanks to Dave Bolotsky for sending along this photo of the pink “supermoon” as it was rising across the East River. Las...
04/08/2020

Thanks to Dave Bolotsky for sending along this photo of the pink “supermoon” as it was rising across the East River. Last night’s full moon was the largest, or closest to earth in its orbit, that we’ll see this year. #lowereastsidenyc #supermoon2020

People with information about this burglary can contact the 7th precinct at: (212) 477-7311.
04/07/2020
Burglary at Grand Street Settlement’s Rutgers Community Center | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

People with information about this burglary can contact the 7th precinct at: (212) 477-7311.

Unfortunate news from our friends at Grand Street Settlement: Here is a media alert about a burglary that took place at Grand St. Settlement's Rutgers Community Center located in the Rutgers Houses at 200 Madison St. This weekend someone broke into the community center, which had been working to pro...

A sign, draped over the Delancey Street overpass. Photo from LES resident Tommy Loeb, who writes: “Thank You from Lower ...
04/07/2020

A sign, draped over the Delancey Street overpass. Photo from LES resident Tommy Loeb, who writes: “Thank You from Lower East Side Community.” #covid #lowereastsidenyc #healthcareworkers

Here's a local group of a group of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and product managers inspired by Governor Cuomo’...
04/06/2020
COVID Collections

Here's a local group of a group of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and product managers inspired by Governor Cuomo’s call to action. If you can donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our healthcare workers or if you are in need of PPE, they are facilitating pickup and dropoff. https://www.covidcollections.com/

Donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the front line.#GetMePPE Here’s How.You fill out this formWe’ll arrange for pick-upWe’ll deliver supplies to hospitalsWhere We Operate.We’re in NYC & NJ, if you have masks here we will work with you to get them to healthcare workers.You’re not ...

04/04/2020

7p on Grand Street, cheering for essential workers during the coronavirus. #lowereastsidenyc #covid #staysafe

Sorry to see you go!    Repost from @randallsbarbecue•Typical image from our own kitchen, Greg @scoop_the_animal  hard a...
04/03/2020

Sorry to see you go! Repost from @randallsbarbecue

Typical image from our own kitchen, Greg @scoop_the_animal hard at work prepping food and preparing your meals.
4PM-9PM today will be the last time you can order food from Randall’s as we are shutting our doors tonight. Please call us at 646-692-9980 to place an order or use seamless and grubhub.
We are also selling off our liquor inventory, deeply discounted and well below cost. It’s been a pleasure serving the community and hope to see you all happy and healthy when this is over.

Hawk Break - Thanks to Rosella Albanese for sending along this view from her balcony. #lowereastsidenyc #hawksnyc
04/03/2020

Hawk Break - Thanks to Rosella Albanese for sending along this view from her balcony. #lowereastsidenyc #hawksnyc

Arts Organizations Turn to Online Streaming for Some Events During Coronavirus Outbreak | The Lo-Down : News from the Lo...
04/02/2020
Arts Organizations Turn to Online Streaming for Some Events During Coronavirus Outbreak | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Arts Organizations Turn to Online Streaming for Some Events During Coronavirus Outbreak | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Live music and performance venues have been hit hard during the corona virus outbreak. Having to shut their doors has no doubt done painful economic damage. Here's a roundup of local venues that are offering online events:

Kristopher Valdez (@travelingcoastie) sent along these photos of a COVID-19 quiet Lower East Side on Allen and Rivington...
03/31/2020

Kristopher Valdez (@travelingcoastie) sent along these photos of a COVID-19 quiet Lower East Side on Allen and Rivington Streets. #lowereastsidenyc #covid #staysafe @ Lower East Side

Thanks to Andrea DiFiore for sending along these photos of Magnolias in bloom around East River Park. In spite of it all...
03/26/2020

Thanks to Andrea DiFiore for sending along these photos of Magnolias in bloom around East River Park. In spite of it all, it’s nice to remember that Spring is not cancelled. #lowereastsidenyc #springinnyc #covid_19 #magnolia #springblooms @ Lower East Side

Spring keeps springin’ #lowereastside #clintonstreet #nyc
03/20/2020

Spring keeps springin’ #lowereastside #clintonstreet #nyc

Bacaro Debuts a New Menu | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
03/14/2020
Bacaro Debuts a New Menu | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Bacaro Debuts a New Menu | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photos courtesy of Bacaro. Some of us are riding out the coronavirus outbreak at home. Others are choosing to share a comforting meal with old friends at familiar neighborhood restaurants. If you're in the later category, you'll want to know that a local favorite, Bacaro, has a new menu. The Venetia...

A great “super moon” shot from Rory O’Flynn. #lowereastsidenyc #williamsburgbridge #fullmoon
03/11/2020

A great “super moon” shot from Rory O’Flynn. #lowereastsidenyc #williamsburgbridge #fullmoon

The blossoms are making an early debut on Grand Street this year, after one of the warmest winters in history. Thanks to...
03/10/2020

The blossoms are making an early debut on Grand Street this year, after one of the warmest winters in history. Thanks to Robin Schatell for this photo of the Eastern Redbuds alongside Saint Mary’s Church. #lowereastsidenyc #spring

Applications are open at Public Prep Network
02/25/2020
(Sponsored) Apply to Girls Prep Today | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Applications are open at Public Prep Network

Apply to Girls Prep! Girls Prep Lower East Side is the first tuition-free, all-girls public charter school in Manhattan. We serve girls in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade -- and support our alumnae through high school, college and beyond. We're accepting applications for next school year. Click h...

Price reduced! Beautiful 2 Bedroom! Open House by appt. only, this Sunday, Feb. 23, via Karpoff Affiliates
02/22/2020
Featured Listing, Sponsored by Karpoff Affiliates | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Price reduced! Beautiful 2 Bedroom! Open House by appt. only, this Sunday, Feb. 23, via Karpoff Affiliates

PRICE REDUCED! Great 2 bedroom, possible conversion to 3 bedroom, in Hillman complex. Many closets, great light, gym, Grand Street views, southern and eastern exposure. Private park. Windowed eat-in kitchen. Storage in building. Building Amenities Bike Room, Cats and Dogs Allowed, Co-purchase Allowe...

Lower East Side evening, shot by Luke Osborn. #lowereastsidenyc #neighborhood
02/14/2020

Lower East Side evening, shot by Luke Osborn. #lowereastsidenyc #neighborhood

Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar is now open, right next door to the restaurant, daily from 7am M-F, 8a Sat.- 259 East Broadw...
02/12/2020

Ernesto’s Cafe and Wine Bar is now open, right next door to the restaurant, daily from 7am M-F, 8a Sat.- 259 East Broadway @ Montgomery St.
@ernestosnyc #localdining #nyccafes #lowereastsidecafe

(Photos) Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Parade | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
02/10/2020
(Photos) Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Parade | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

(Photos) Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Parade | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photos by Roger Bultot. Local photographer Roger Bultot shared some great photos from Sunday's Lunar New Parade in Chinatown. It's been a tough holiday season for the community, as unfounded fears about the new coronavirus have kept many people away from the neighborhood. So the parade was an ideal....

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens For 121 Apartments at Essex Crossing’s 180 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Low...
02/05/2020
Affordable Housing Lottery Opens For 121 Apartments at Essex Crossing’s 180 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens For 121 Apartments at Essex Crossing’s 180 Broome St. | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Essex Crossing Site 4, 180 Broome St. Rendering by Handel Architects. The City of New York and the developers of Essex Crossing have just opened the affordable housing lottery for 121 apartments at 180 Broome St. The 25-story building will include a total of 263 apartments. This is the last major af...

Police Investigate After Swastikas Scrawled Inside Hillman Houses | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
01/28/2020
Police Investigate After Swastikas Scrawled Inside Hillman Houses | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Police Investigate After Swastikas Scrawled Inside Hillman Houses | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Police are investigating an act of anti-Semitism on the Lower East Side after several swastikas were found scribbled inside the Hillman Houses on Grand Street. The graffiti was discovered on several floors of the cooperative complex Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was first spotted at about 8:...

Three Alarm Fire Tears Through Chinatown Building That’s Home to Several Non-Profits | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower...
01/24/2020
Three Alarm Fire Tears Through Chinatown Building That’s Home to Several Non-Profits | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Three Alarm Fire Tears Through Chinatown Building That’s Home to Several Non-Profits | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Photos from FDNY. A three alarm fire broke out in a city-owned building at 70 Mulberry St. last night, injuring three people and impacting several non-profit organizations housed in the property across from Columbus Park in the heart of Chinatown. A 59-year-old civilian was rescued from the fifth fl...

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