Lower East Side Summer

Summer is here, the community's transformation of underway and as we come out of our winter hibernation, those changes will become more apparent and visible.

Flood protection is a major issue for the community as since Superstorm Sandy, no visible measures have been taken over the last 6-7 years.  The City has finally arrived at a plan it wants to undertake that will involve destroying the East River Park to raise the entire park eight feet.  The Park is scheduled to be completely closed in the spring of 2020.  It is a rapidly evolving situation and we have created a new ongoing feature "Coastline LES" that will feature interviews and updates with community leaders, city agencies and political figures.

As the neighborhood changes, we have also created a new live program, Histories in Black and White in collaboration with the New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch. Histories in Black and White will feature conversations with authors, poets, playwrights about their printed works covering a wide range of topics and concerns with the goal of furthering conversation and deepening our understanding of each other.

We also acknowledge Google's efforts to upgrade digital literacy through its free public program, say goodbye and hello to the Essex Market and the Two Guys share their critiques of theatre. They also had a chance to interview writer and actor Bill Posley, of the performance piece, The Day I Became Black.

Our feature on The Rubin Museum of Art's exhibit, The Power of Intention reminds us that every action begins with intention. Nothing happens without intention, and that to build on intention, commitment is also necessary.

Last, we have a new Twitter account and will post and tweet updates and reviews as they occur -- follow us on Twitter @EastBroadwayMag for the latest.

Enjoy the Summer!