Lower East Side Partnership

The Seasonal Holiday Street Lights Are Now Glowing on Orchard Street

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:03 am

It’s that time of year again. The clocks change, the air is crisp, and the holiday lights come out on (and around) Orchard Street. As in years past, the three-dimensional snowflake orbs are now suspended above the roadway between East Houston and Hester Streets. The spine designated the jurisdiction of the Lower East Side Partnership […]

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Scenes from Yesterday’s Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Last modified October 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

Yesterday afternoon, mere hours after a woman was shot nearby, the Lower East Side Pickle Day took up residence along the northern third of Orchard Street. Attracting throngs of tourists to Hell Square, as is the case each year. Even the Pickle Guys’ Grand Street location was jam-packed throughout the afternoon, handling the party overflow… The […]

Lower East Side Pickle Day Returns to Orchard Street on October 15

Posted August 31, 2017 at 5:12 am

The date is set. The renowned Lower East Side Pickle Day is slated to return to Orchard Street on October 15. As always, the event will occupy the three-block pedestrian mall between Delancey and East Houston Streets. Banners advertising the forthcoming Pickle Day – the seventeenth go-round – were recently attached to light poles along […]

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City Installs Planters in New Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza finally gets a bit of definition. One month after the city closed off the eastern terminus of Canal Street and installed the sand surfacing, there is now green. Contractors were seen Friday morning unloading the planters (aka roadblocks) on either side of the plaza. Meaning, there will be no more […]

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Division Street Pedestrian Plaza is Also Getting Refurbished

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

Much like its newer sibling down the block (at Straus Square), the small median triangle of Division Street at the confluence of Ludlow and Canal, is likewise ready for a makeover. Closed to traffic for nearly a decade, the 1,000 square-foot roadway is receiving some refocused attention from the Department of Transportation this month. Indeed, […]

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Revamped Essex Street Market Targeted for September 2018 Launch

Last modified July 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Let the countdown begin. After nearly eighty years in the same spot, the Essex Street Market is slated to launch down the street in Essex Crossing come September 2018. The Economic Development Corporation – the Market’s landlord – provided a nuts-and-bolts update to Community Board 3 last week. Much of the presentation was a rehash of what’s […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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The Lower East Side Partnership Wants to Create a ‘Pedestrian Plaza’ Alongside Straus Square

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Another land grab afoot? Straus Square, the concrete island memorial at the confluence of Canal, Rutgers, and East Broadway, is now in the crosshairs of the Lower East Side Partnership. It appears the business improvement district hopes to install another pedestrian plaza on the eastern terminus of Canal Street, near the entrance to Seward Park. […]

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LES Partnership Seeks Expansion of the ‘100 Gates Project’ into Upper Manhattan and Staten Island

Posted March 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

The 100 Gates Project is growing out of its birth neighborhood and namesake mural count. In other words, the initiative is expanding beyond the Lower East Side and higher than the century mark in its title. According to a recent job posting by project organizers at the Lower East Side Partnership, the plan is to […]

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