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

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

“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 […]

62-Year-Old Pedestrian Suffers ‘Serious’ Head Injury While Crossing Allen Street Yesterday

Posted December 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

Here’s an update on that early-morning accident yesterday at Allen and Grand Streets… As previously reported, a pedestrian was struck by an SUV on the northbound side of Allen while crossing at 6:30am. The unidentified male is 62-years-old and suffered serious head injuries in the collision. He was rushed to Bellevue for treatment. The 53-year-old […]


Here’s How You Can Join Community Board 3

Posted December 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

Borough President Gale Brewer’s office is now accepting applications for a seat on one of Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards. All eligible New Yorkers living, working, or studying in the borough of Manhattan are encouraged to apply. That means you, too, teens! Brewer has significantly enhanced the application and selection process since taking office. She has implemented […]


Santa Claus is Coming to the Essex Street Market Tomorrow

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

Here’s one Santa who won’t be puking all over the Lower East Side. That’s right: jolly old St. Nick is coming to the Lower East Side this weekend. It’s all part of Essex Street Market’s annual yuletide cheer, which includes making your own ornament, trimming the Market Christmas tree, and hot chocolate and candy canes for everyone, despite […]


Seasonal Holiday Lighting Returns to Orchard Street this Week

Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

With Thanksgiving done, out come the season’s greetings. Like clockwork. The holiday lights were strung above the roadway along the length of Orchard Street Monday evening. As in years past, the decorative snowflake orbs are now suspended above each intersection between East Houston and Hester. This is the heart of the designated area under the jurisdiction of […]

Flood Lights on Avenue C These Days Akin to Supermax Prison, Locals Argue

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:15 am

Alphabet City public housing along the FDR is lined with NYPD mobile flood lights. Just walk on by or travel southbound on the Drive and you’ll easily see the daylight-at-night conditions. It’s easily visible from blocks around. But what of the folks living in and around this area? One fed-up neighbor wrote to us about […]