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Serious Questions Remain as East River Resiliency Project Heads to Manhattan Borough President

Last modified July 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

The following first post was written by native Lower East Sider, Aidan Elias, who works to document the area’s rapid development. Back in mid-May, the Parks Department shared a presentation with the Community Board 3 Parks subcommittee regarding the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. (The ESCR project is the city’s flood protection plan which will […]

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Woman Jumps to Her Death from LES High-Rise

Posted June 26, 2019 at 5:05 am

A woman jumped to her death earlier this week from a Lower East Side high-rise. Shortly after 4pm Monday afternoon, the unidentified woman reportedly leaped from the sixteenth floor window in Building 4 of the East River Housing Corp. (aka Co-op Village). We’re told she was in her late-50’s. Emergency personnel responded to the purported […]

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The Rusty Shed at Pier 42 is Now Gone

Posted October 4, 2018 at 5:01 am

After nearly a year of demolition activity, the rusty, derelict shed at Pier 42 is gone. Erased from the coastal skyline. As previously reported, the park concept has been on the boards for over six years with little to show for it but “interim programming” during warmer months. Revival of the capital works project is […]

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At the ‘Wild Style’ 35th Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Seminal street film, Wild Style, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night with a special fete on the Lower East Side. The reunion-slash-homecoming was part of Summerstage, and took place at the East River bandshell, site of the classic final performance scene in the film. Director Charlie Ahearn was master of ceremonies; DJ Funk Flex is […]

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‘Wild Style’ Celebrates 35th Anniversary with East River Fete

Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

Pioneering hip-hop film Wild Style turns 35 this year. Tomorrow night is another homecoming tribute. Much like five years ago – the event is part of Summerstage – the celebration includes a screening at the East River Bandshell. Plus, the opportunity to mingle with luminaries from the era. Director Charlie Ahearn is master of ceremonies […]

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Probably Best Not to Drive Your Porsche onto the FDR Bike Path [PHOTOS]

Posted August 1, 2018 at 5:08 am

A tipster snapped a shot of this crashed Porsche Cayenne on the FDR, near the Con Edison power plant early Friday morning. The luxury sports car was trapped between the rails on the adjacent bike path, but it was unclear how it became wedged there. In a maneuver to avoid traffic, the unknown motorist reportedly […]

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LES Protests Trump’s Family Separation Policy with Banner Above FDR

Posted June 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

Lower East Side activists unfurled a banner early yesterday morning protesting ongoing family separations happening at the border. The message is a play on First Lady Melania Trump’s controversial jacket faux pas last week, reading “Yes we care … Do U?,” and hung from the FDR pedestrian bridge at Delancey Street. This is a popular […]

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The Paths to ‘Pier 42’ Are Rife with Delays, but Shed will Be Demolished this Fall

Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

It’s a textbook example of hurry up and wait. Despite landing $12 million back in March 2016 (on top of the initial $16 million earmarked), no amount of politicking seems to speed up the stalled Pier 42 project. If you recall, it was first announced in 2012, and the initial timeline provided by landscape architect Mathews Nielsen was completion in […]

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Report: East River Houses Co-op Board Destroys Garden for Concrete Slab

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

Over the holiday weekend, the board of East River Co-op pulled an apparent sneak attack and uprooted a chunk of the cooperative garden. The purported reason – this concrete slab is allegedly meant to assist in snow removal. The affected acreage lies in the courtyard behind Building 1. The five-year-old garden was conceived and maintained […]

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Exhuming James Bond’s Runaway Car Scene on the FDR [VIDEO]

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:10 am

Yesterday, actor Sir Roger Moore passed away at the age of 89. He portrayed a more humorous James Bond in a record-setting seven franchise films. He died in Switzerland after “a short but brave battle with cancer,” according to tweets from the family. So, we thought it appropriate to revisit the scene from Live and […]

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