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Articles about "Lower East Side Residents"
Livability and the Lower East Side: Part I
October 02, 2012
Residents of the Lower East Side recently convened for a community meeting to discuss a brewing issue: their quality of life. Locals originally created the "LES Dwellers Association" because of concern over the crowds that the tiny block of land between Essex and Ludlow attracts by night. Frustration reached the boiling point when the owners of Stop 1 Deli and E&S Wholesome Foods, local chains, proposed to open a latin bistro-lounge on 106 Rivington, a currently vacant lot, and attempted to secure liquor privileges.Read More
Community Board 3 Shoots Down Greyhound’s “Yo! Bus” Line
September 14, 2012
Tuesday night, the Lower East Side’s Community Board 3 voted unanimously against Greyhound’s plans to add a curbside bus station on Essex Street by Seward Park. The new “YO! Bus” line would have eight pick-ups and eight drop-offs each day running between Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Philadelphia. The Board rejected the proposal and demanded that Greyhound return with alternate locations. The question is, does the Board’s decision make a difference? The united front presented by the local apartment owners and renters may be irrelevant in the face of the Department of Transportation’s final decision. Judging by the fervor with which community members spoke against the proposal, a DOT approval could spark an even more heated discussion than Tuesday night’s.Read More
Chill Out in A Backyard, Right Here in Manhattan
August 29, 2012
Musical superstars Jay-Z and Alicia Keys famously called New York City a “concrete jungle” in their 2009 hit song, “Empire State of Mind.” The moniker is certainly apt for Manhattan, with its stunning buildings and huge towers that seem to occupy every possible free space in the borough. For those New Yorkers who are originally from other towns in America, the lack of open spaces can be a little disconcerting. After all, who in New York City wouldn’t like to enjoy the pleasure of a backyard, where one could relax and chill out?Read More
Alphabet City Changing By the Day
July 13, 2012
Once rattled by crime and abandoned buildings occupied by the homeless, Alphabet City was one of Manhattan’s most disheveled locations during the 80s. Many residents didn’t see an upturn for the Lower Manhattan area, which many locals made it a point to steer clear of. However when Mayor Giuliani took office during the 90s, New Yorkers were pleasantly surprised to see a vast improvement. Suddenly streets were clean and safe enough for shop owners to establish stores for patrons to visit, and eventually developers caught on, realizing Alphabet City’s mass potential. It would have been unexpected, though, that Alphabet City would become one of Manhattan’s most expensive communities to live in, incorporating both lush convenience and an urbanely rugged environment reminiscent of the past.Read More