Lower East Side Partnership

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 […]

Essex Street Market to Unveil ‘History Display’ Showing Evolution from Pushcarts to Essex Crossing

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Essex Street Market is truly trying to increase visibility and awareness these days. That was the number-one complaint from its vendors the last several years, who accused the city ownership – the Economic Development Corporation – of dropping the ball amidst larger plans for Essex Crossing. Since the various discussion vis-a-vis Community Board 3 […]

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Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

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Lower East Side Partnership Looks to Expand its Reach by Annexing Canal Street

Posted September 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

The recently-rebranded Lower East Side Partnership is looking to expand its boundaries by annexing new territory on the nebulous border of Chinatown. Specifically the bottom of Ludlow Street and around the corner onto Canal and Essex. It just launched an exploratory effort to drum up local support for the push. The Partnership already set two […]

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Use this Website to Customize Your Optimal Lower East Side Street

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:16 am

The Lower East Side Partnership wants to “reimagine” both Ludlow and Canal Streets because they’re “important and valuable corridors of the Lower East Side.” Just remember that reimagine is oftentimes a euphemism for upscale/gentrify. To achieve said goal, the business improvement district teamed up with Streetmix to create an online tool (nay, game) to customize the […]

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The LES ‘100 Gates Project’ Reaches its Centennial Goal with Katz’s Deli Mural

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

After two years of artwashing the Lower East Side, the 100 Gates Project reaches its namesake goal. And it’s only fitting the that 100th gate in the eponymous street art program appear on Katz’s Deli. Artist L’Amour Suprim was bestowed the honor, and spent yesterday decorating two of the restaurant’s shutters. Apparently there will be a party next […]

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The Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day Returns September 25

Posted August 17, 2016 at 5:12 am

It’s brine time, so pucker up. The annual Lower East Side Pickle Day is only a month away. Official date was announced last week – September 25 (noon-5pm). There is also a new website for the occasion. This year, we can likely expect the usual smattering of pickle vendors and local restaurants serving up “pickle […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ Arrives Next Month for 76th Anniversary Celebration

Posted April 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

It took a year, but that curbside “Street Seat” proposed for the Essex Market is finally happening. Installation is slated for May 21, the date designated for the 76th anniversary block party to celebrate the institution. This public installation was supposed to happen in May 2015. The necessary approvals were previously met, but the setup never realized. The recently-renamed […]

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Essex Street Market Birthday Block Party Planned for Springtime

Posted March 2, 2016 at 5:15 am

The Essex Street Market seemingly has a new tradition on its hands. The longtime Lower East Side market is looking to host a second annual birthday bash on the block outside its doors. You’ll recall that the Essex Market celebrated its 75th anniversary in May 2015 with a host of public events, the last of […]

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