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‘Elevated’ Lead Levels Found in Lower East Side School’s Drinking Water

Last modified February 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Don’t drink the water … at least not at one school on the Lower East Side. Last month, officials from the city’s Department of Education discovered elevated levels of lead in seven of 144 water sources at the gifted academic enterprise New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math school, more commonly referred to as NEST+m. (Enrollment at NEST+m is […]


‘Rebooted’ Asian Food Makes its Way to Essex Street with ‘Char Sue’

Posted February 3, 2017 at 5:18 am

With new window neons, Char Sue revealed itself this week at 119 Essex Street. The storefront flair arrives nearly a year after first announcing intentions to open here. Chef and co-owner Matt Rojas plans to serve “affordable” Asian food with a “Western twist,” alongside craft beers, in a super casual environment. Only Con Ed stands between […]


The Year of the Cock Kicks off this Weekend with Firecracker Ceremony

Posted January 27, 2017 at 5:13 am

The year of the cock is here, and for the 18th time, the Lunar New Year parade and festival will rule the roost of Lower Manhattan over the span of two weekends. As in years past, the party will kick off with the Firecracker Ceremony, tomorrow at 11am at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand Street between […]


Elite Millenials Club ‘Magnises’ Fails to Deliver the World, Members Want their Money Back

Posted January 26, 2017 at 5:03 am

File this one under first-world problems. The elite millenials club Magnises has created a rift among its membership. Boo-hoo. You might recognize Magnises as the uppity entity behind the “members-only penthouse” at the Hotel on Rivington. They began meeting here two years ago, moving from a West Village townhouse, and paying non-exclusive rent that permitted […]

6th Annual New York Game Awards Happening at Abrons Art Center Tonight

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:07 am

Game on! The 6th Annual New York Game Awards, presented by the members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, is happening tonight at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse. The group works alongside the community to mentor and distribute college scholarships for all things associated in the realm of gaming. They also have game-oriented panels, fireside chats and do […]

Big Real Estate Plots Area Domination with ‘LES is More’ Summit at the Sunshine Cinema

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

“L.E.S. is more.” This cringeworthy slogan, a played-out play-on-words, has long been co-opted by the real estate industry in order to sell the Lower East Side. Closer to home, the Lower East Side Partnership, whose singular mission is to increase property values for the area stakeholders, also employs the phrase. Now, big real estate is holding […]

‘Construction as Harassment’ of Tenants the Subject of BP Gale Brewer Town Hall Tonight

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:18 am

These days, many longtime Lower East Side residents are, for the most part, living in a Choose Your Own Adventure story gone wrong (“if you agree to move out of your apartment forever because the lead dust from construction is poisoning you, turn to page 68; if you decide to say ‘damn the man!’ and let […]

These Were the Top Checkouts at Seward Park and Chatham Square Libraries in 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:09 am

Using the library is an unspoken form of dedication, whether it be electronically or in the flesh. It’s a commitment that says that you really want to read a given book, to the point where you’re willing to race against the two-week timeframe (plus a renewal here or there) to read it. It’s a patience that shows you’re willing […]

This Handy Map Shows You Where in NYC to Pee in a Pinch

Posted December 28, 2016 at 5:13 am

When you gotta go, you gotta go. The Uber drivers forum on Reddit recently brought this gem to light – an interactive NYC community map of appropriate places to pee in a pinch. (i.e. not the elevator in the municipal garage on Essex Street.) This map is the brainchild of Wansoo Im at Vertices, who has “pioneered the use […]

The Heartbreak of Death and Social Media

Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

Have you ever  accidentally “unfollowed” or “unfriended” a deceased loved one? We are truly at the mercy of social media for better or worse. POLOGEI$T (a.k.a Angel Pomales) was murdered in April, 2016. His Instagram page is private. Every so often I scroll through to see his face. Today, my fingers accidentally hit unfollow and his page […]