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Chinatown Buses Face Regulation and Riled-Up Residents

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of "Save Our Streets")

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of Save LES Streets)

After a two-year grace period, the city is finally moving to enforce legislation that aims to regulate the thriving (and some would say infuriating) Chinatown bus industry, in the hopes of mitigating the “wild west” atmosphere that the throng of ludicrously cheap long-haul carriers have introduced to the affected downtown zones.
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Walks, Talks, and Chalk: 80 Things to Do During Lower East Side History Month

Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.
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Here’s Your Handsome New Spot For Sesame Whiskey and Chicken Cracklins

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The dining room, opening next month. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A stone’s throw from where Les Enfants Terribles turned into Skal in August, another Lower Lower East Side spot will unveil a new look and concept tonight. The space that was Broadway East and then LTO is now Rosette.
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Here’s Our Mondo Map of How, Why (and Whether!) 300 Of Your Neighbors Are Voting

It’s been clear since the political ads started airing in August: New York City is in a ‘fromance with Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. And with a 54-point lead in the latest poll, the Public Advocate is slated to be our next mayor. If the winner seems to be in the bag, will people still turn up to cast their vote?
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It’s Fun to Eat at the YMCA! Seinfeld’s Ex-Chef Served 250 Years of LES Cuisine

(Brendan Lowe)

(Brendan Lowe)

The e-mail arrived at 11 a.m. three weeks ago: Jerry Seinfeld’s former private chef would be cooking a seven-course meal based on the history of the Lower East Side. Location? TBD.

That’s all Dinner Lab members knew when word spread about their next offering. They had five hours to decide whether to buy tickets; they went on sale at 4 p.m. and were gone in minutes.
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Yep, De Blasio Celebrated With Food Trucks and LCD Soundsystem

De Blasio and fam.

De Blasio and fam.

If you were following Daily Intel last night, then you know the deal: Joe Lhota beat John Catsimatidis as the Republican mayoral candidate despite Cats’s Tim & Eric-esque campaign; Lena Dunham’s favorite candidate, Scott Stringer, squeaked past Eliott Spitzer in the race for comptroller; Charles Hynes is out as Brooklyn DA, in part because of feelings that he was too soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; the public advocate race between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James is headed for a runoff. And, of course, Bill de Blasio, the clear favorite among voters we spoke to yesterday, emerged victorious over Bill Thompson (though there will be a recount to make sure a runoff isn’t necessary) and solidified his place as the hipster candidate du jour by celebrating at the Bell House with “a Smorgasbord-esque assortment of gourmet food trucks” and a playlist that included LCD Soundsystem. Chris Smith wrote about his “full-spectrum victory” and why it further cemented Brooklyn as “the city’s new center of gravity.”
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8 Injured By Possible Explosion and Partial Building Collapse in Chinatown

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Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.

Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.
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Bicycle Film Festival Returns to LES This Week, But May Be Brooklyn Bound

At last year's street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

At last year’s street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off tonight with a party at Le Baron in Chinatown and continues through the weekend with dozens of screenings at Anthology Film Archives, an after-party at Lit, and, of course, the annual street party.

Despite speculation that the 13-year-old festival might move to Brooklyn, organizer Brendt Barbur decided to keep it local — for now, anyway. “This is where we were born,” he said of the East Village and Lower East Side.
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Study: Rents in Chinatown and LES Still Cheaper Than City Median, But Rising

Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 12.33.21 PMA new study tells us what we might’ve guessed from the recent proliferation of ping pong-tabled “event spaces”: gentrification is on the rise in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Or so concludes a report studying Asian neighborhoods in Boston, New York and Philadelphia in order to analyze displacement occurring as a result of higher rents (and no, we’re not just talking about ).
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