LES Dwellers Association

whynot-orchard

Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Fails, Looks to Become ‘Sushi Wa’

Posted February 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

Whynot, because it couldn’t. Whynot Cafe failed to gain traction due in large part to its inability to secure a full liquor license. Their two bids met stiff resistance from the community including the LES Dwellers. And now it’s on last legs. Rumblings of its closure had circulated for the last week, but their PR […]

Filed Under

LES Dwellers on Rivington St., Photo: NY Post

New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David […]

Filed Under

dennis-rosen-sla

SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

Filed Under

One of the earlier LES Dwellers' street campaigns, October 2012

Pity Those Hell Square Bar Owners Who Make Life Miserable for Residents?

Last modified January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

The New York Post outdid itself yesterday with a follow-up to an article we published about controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian, who is amidst a fire sale of his nightlife holdings in Hell Square. Pity the terrible operator is basically the thrust of the article, which quotes Shamlian’s comment on Boogie last week about how […]

Filed Under

hell-square-fight

Experience 11 Minutes of Late-Night Hell in Hell Square, Complete with Brawl [VIDEO]

Posted December 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

Apparently this past weekend was considered by some as “SantaCon without the costumes on the Lower East Side.” In response, the LES Dwellers released a pair of videos shot in Hell Square that illustrate as much. This footage was filmed at 3:30am Sunday morning at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets. Peak hours for […]

Filed Under

daily-show-santa

The Daily Show Does a Bit on SantaCon, Interviews Organizer ‘Costume Jim’ [VIDEO]

Posted December 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

Last night, five whole days after SantaCon blew through New York City, the The Daily Show decided to air a quick treatment of the event. As you would imagine, the segment exposes the shitshow that happens each year. Most interesting, though, is watching the footage after learning about Costume Jim Glaser and his ties to […]

Filed Under

santacon-frat

Piss Off: Greek Life and the Fraternal Disorder of SantaCon [OP-ED]

Last modified December 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Once a year, a crimson tide washes over New York City. Rudolph runs for cover, while a petrified Tiny Tim Cratchit cowers in the corner. When SantaCon comes to town, it arrives on a tsunami of frat bros and sorority gals in matching his and her polyester Santa suits ready to indulge in a massive […]

Filed Under

Poster by the LES Dwellers

LES Dwellers Declares ‘SantaCon Free Zone’ for the Lower East Side

Last modified November 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

New Yorkers across the Boroughs are finally rising up against SantaCon. As previously reported, when the bar crawl chose Bushwick as HQ last week, the Brooklyn enclave refused to allow the partying. The vociferous backlash here on the Lower East Side, however, is largely attributed to the spark ignited by the LES Dwellers block association, […]

Filed Under

hernandez-houses

Hernandez Houses Hosting Halloween Costume Party and Food Drive Tomorrow Night

Last modified October 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

For one day only, 189 Allen Street will be the Hernandez “Fun” Houses. The NYCHA property joined forces with the LES Dwellers and numerous local businesses to provide Halloween activities for local youth. Tomorrow evening is the first annual Halloween Costume Party and Food Drive, to be held in the Resident Association room. The “Haunted […]

Filed Under

Streets

ZogSports always play on this Rivington court, Photo: The Villager

In Reversal, DOE Reinstates Permits for ZogSports in Lower East Side Schoolyards

Posted September 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

At the end of August, ZogSports was dealt a blow when the Department of Education revoked their permits for kickball games at two Lower East Side schools (PS 142 on Attorney Street and Marta Valle/LES Preparatory on Stanton Street). The position was taken based on allegations that the co-ed social sports league is a for-profit business […]

Filed Under