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Eye in the sky watching homeless in Tompkins Sq.?

Eye in the sky watching homeless in Tompkins Sq.?

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON AND GERARD FLYNN | On Tuesday, the police rolled one of their portable observation towers into Tompkins Square Park. The immediate suspicion was that it was a response to the reported spike in homeless people lolling about in the park on cardboard boxes on the lawns and sleeping on benches during the daytime. […]

Pols, officials urge a surge of local input on ‘Big U’ design

Pols, officials urge a surge of local input on ‘Big U’ design

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The federal government has allocated $335 million to protect the Lower East Side against future storm surges. Now officials and local activists want community members to get involved in helping figure out exactly how to spend those anti-deluge dollars. Two workshops will be held to gather input. The first will be […]

‘Displaced’ artist Zito returns for retrospective

‘Displaced’ artist Zito returns for retrospective

Anthony Zito’s recent show, “Displacement: Anthony Zito Then and Now,” at the Mark Miller Gallery, at 92 Orchard St., brought together 20 years of the longtime Lower East Side artist’s work, which was exhibited on two floors. Zito has painted the portraits of countless East Villagers and Lower East Siders, always using found objects from […]

Help pours in for a butcher who is a cut above

Help pours in for a butcher who is a cut above

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Lower East Side butcher Dionisio Silva has a big trip to look forward to once he exits the hospital. The Essex St. Market regular has received more than $5,000 in donations since Sept. 17 to fund his first trip in three decades to his native Brazil, as well as offset ongoing […]

Batters up! Furies keep cool with winter clinic

Batters up! Furies keep cool with winter clinic

Determined to be in even better shape for their second season, the Lower East Side Lady Furies cut the ribbon to start their winter clinic the other weekend. Joining the team and their coach, Damien Acevedo, far left, were Erik Bottcher, Governor Cuomo’s local liaison, second from left, and Councilmember Margaret Chin, front row, fourth […]

Car kills elderly woman on Canal St.

Car kills elderly woman on Canal St.

On Tues., Oct. 14, at 4:08 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near the intersection of Canal and Elizabeth Sts. Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified elderly female, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on Canal St. E.M.S. medics responded to the location and transported the woman to […]

Don’t change Orchard St. too much, BID is told

Don’t change Orchard St. too much, BID is told

BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Aplan to improve the safety, traffic and appearance of Orchard St. received support from a Community Board 3 committee on Sept. 4. Presented by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, proposed changes to the streetscape would increase consistency among curbside amenities, such as trees, bike racks and benches, among other […]

The last of the Meow-hicans

The last of the Meow-hicans

Despite initial reports that a long-running feral cat colony at Grand St.’s Amalgamated Dwellings had been snuffed out back in June, it turns out there was one survivor. Yet, on July 15, Tuxedo, the final feline of the tribe, was also found dead, in the last meow of the “Broome St. Alley” cats.  Against local […]

N.Y.U. pitches in for nonprofits

N.Y.U. pitches in for nonprofits

BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV   |  N.Y.U.’s Office of Civic Engagement recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 87 community-based nonprofit organizations. The grants were given out at a June 3 ceremony to nonprofits with “missions to serve the local community in Lower Manhattan,” according to New York University. The ceremony was presided over by Lynne […]

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |   Friends, family, neighbors and local politicians recently gathered at Kenmare and Elizabeth Sts. as the city paid one of its highest, and most visible, honors to Janet Freeman — co-naming the street corner for the late community activist. A resident of the neighborhood for more than 40 years, Freeman died in […]

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