Posts Tagged ‘Lower East Side’

Education Helps Young Adults Lift Themselves out of Poverty


Danielle Duval, 23, lives in a shelter and depends on food stamps and supplemental security income to get by. But she said she is trying to put her life together through education. Her first goal: to pass the General Educational Development (GED) test. She’s getting help—at the Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency on […]

New Animal Hospital Opens on Lower East Side, Dog Owners React With Mixed Feelings

Lex Rizzo, a Lower East Side dog owner, sits with her dog, Leo, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Chrystie Street and Rivington Street, which is a popular area for dog owners to walk their dogs in the neighborhood.

Many Lower East Side dog owners seem to be happy about a new animal hospital’s recent opening in the neighborhood, but some of them expressed concerns about the price. The new facility, the Lower East Side Animal Hospital at 241 Eldridge St., filled a two-year vacuum of veterinary services in the neighborhood, as the old […]

The Plight of Lower East Side Small Businesses


Pepto-Bismol. Nowadays, Rona Economou, owner of a small Greek food stall in the Essex Street Market, keeps it handy. Stress makes her stomach uneasy. And her right eye, it twitches. Even in seemingly ordinary moments, like when she’s done laboring over the stove, the day’s cooking complete, and stands watch over her spinach pies, pear […]

VIDEO: Lower East Side Businesses Getting a Boost

(Photo courtesy of LES BID)

Hurricane Sandy robbed Lower East Side businesses of at least a week’s worth of revenue. Evan Burgos has the story of one organization that’s lending a hand. Video from Evan Burgos on Vimeo.

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day

A Lower East Side voter exits the polls at PS 20 on Essex Street. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day from NY City Lens on Vimeo.   A week after superstorm Sandy knocked out electricity in downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side residents had no trouble casting their votes on Tuesday. Though one site was changed because of flooding, voters on the east side of lower Manhattan, […]

Lower East Side Organization Conducts Sandy Relief Efforts


Through pitch-black apartment corridors in Chinatown to the hundreds of restaurants and shops lining the Lower East Side, a small army of volunteers fanned out in those neighborhoods to provide emergency assistance to residents who have been without power and other basic services for the last four days. Since Tuesday, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, a […]

Men Seek Refuge, Guidance at Lower East Side Shelter

The Bowery Mission, located On Bowery in the Lower East Side, is a shelter and soup kitchen for needy men. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  James Macklin sat in the cafeteria of the Bowery Mission, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, talking of the men he used to be among. He first walked in as an unemployed 40-something, at a low point in a life that began with his mother, a 13-year-old rape victim, […]

Where Pickles are Only the Beginning

A peak inside a barrel of pickles at The Pickle Guys on Essex Street in the Lower East Side. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  Mike Chu doesn’t smell a thing. Not anymore. After 15 years working amid the salty, vinegary stench that swirls in the nostrils at this pickle shop on the Lower East Side, Chu is immune. The sour aroma, oddly enjoyable, emanates from 29 barrels of fermenting vegetables that account for about half of the storefront […]

Exhibit Provides a Peek at Proposed Underground Park

This installation, including a Japanese maple tree, ferns and moss, is sustained by innovative lighting technology at "Imagining the Lowline." (Steve Silvia/NY City Lens)

City development normally aims upward. One project though has the opposite trajectory: a park — trees, grass, moss and all — tens of feet underground in the Lower East Side. They’re calling it the world’s first underground park. The plan is to turn 1.5 acres of the unused Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, under Delancey Street […]