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L.E.S. in the Smith, the Hill and the Avenue 2019

The annual Summer events: The Lower East Side Avenue Reunion on the first Saturday in August – Aug 3 FDR Drive at 10th St;

The Smith Family Day starting the 4th Saturday in August – Aug 24 in the Smith Houses;

L.E.S. Bands 11: Lower East Side Showtime on Saturday – Sep 7 at East River Park Amphitheater from 2:00-6:00pm. Groups to be announced and a salute to LES DJ legends.

WALK home from a boat ride! On Saturday, August 3, Harold Maynard, originally from the LES (Smith Houses), is promoting a midnight sail, “Colors On The Water” on the Liberty Bell. Billed as the “first annual reunion of the LES,” it offers two floors of music, free buffet and four DJs including DJ Hollywood! The boat will be leaving from 299 South St at Pier 36, from 12midnight and returns at 4:00am. All you have to do is walk down Montgomery St. towards the East River dock next to Basketball City. Ship boards 11:30pm! Tickets going fast. If interested email

Remember you can always get involved for your community: Feel free to contact the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Office Community Liaison Brian Lewis for your convenience and interest going forward. As he said, ….notify your residents and others in your community of… [opportunities] to serve as an independent and representative voice for the local community.”  For information you can email Mr. Lewis at

Knowledge Is Power: Our Community Board

OUR COMMUNITY BOARD’s MONTHLY MEETINGS FREE TO THE PUBLIC:   Dates for JULY listed below.  Note calendar is subject to change.  Please confirm via call, email or CB3 website:

The City of New York Manhattan Community Board 3, that covers the Lower East Side, is located at 59 East 4th St. New York, NY  10003.  Ph (212) 533-5300.  Email –    Website –


Arts & Cultural Affairs Subcommittee
Monday, July 8 at 6:30pm — Theater for the New City – 155 First Avenue (btwn E 9th & 10th Sts)
Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee
Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30pm — University Settlement at Houston Street Center – 273 Bowery
Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30pm — University Settlement at Houston Street Center – 273 Bowery
Parks, Recreation, Waterfront, & Resiliency Committee
Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm — BRC Senior Services Center – 30 Delancey Street (btwn Chrystie & Forsyth Sts)
Landmarks Committee
Monday, July 15 at 6:30pm — JASA/Green Residence – 200 East 5th Street at Bowery
SLA & DCA Licensing Committee
Monday, July 15 at 6:30pm — Perseverance House Community Room – 535 East 5th Street (btwn Aves A & B)
Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee
Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30pm — University Settlement at Houston Street Center – 273 Bowery
Executive Committee
Thursday, July 18, 2019 – 6:30pm
Community Board 3 Office, 59 East 4th Street

A friendly reminder:  Sandra Strother is President of the Grand Street Residents Association, and a full Board Member of Community Board 3.  She also sits on the CB3 Landmarks Committee, as well as the Public Housing/Section 8 Sub-Committee.  If you would like to understand the process better or have any questions, go to the Grand Street Guild Residents Association website, or visit them on Facebook.

Who to see from the L.E.S.

Our own Eric Young, talented guitarist from The Hill is playing with the “Mighty Kamm” band, who are scheduled to perform at the following events: On March 15 is a political Democratic Award fundraiser at 172-17 Linden Blvd in Jamaica, Queens; on March 22 they will be at the Artists Market, 198-20 Linden Blvd in St. Albans, Queens; on April 13 – the band will be opening for legendary groups Black Ivory and the Intruders for the 50th Anniversary of Black Ivory in Music taking place at 91 North Bay View Ave in Freeport, LI; on June 1 – they’ll be at the Roosevelt Library in Roosevelt, LI; and on July 3, July 7 – they will be performing at Resorts Casino in Queens. You can contact Eric through Facebook for more details.

Music Post: Honoring a Trailblazer

IN TRIBUTE  Aretha Franklin 1942-2018:

More than a Natural Woman, you Rock Steady with Respect as we Say A Little Prayer For YouAin’t No Way the Freeway of Love will ever be the same.  Think about Day Dreaming how to be Young, Gifted and Black while going down that road in Spanish Harlem.  Showing us how to Feel Like A Natural Woman and not be caught up in a Chain of Fools but also being an example to declare I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Loved You).  You also vowed hope and courage thinking Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) not concerned about Who’s Zoomin’ Who because she Knew You Were Waiting For Me.  That’s how Lady Soul put it down.  We have been blessed to experience her gift from God.  Rest in peace to the Queen of Soul.



Knowledge Is Power: Business Information

New York City Department of the Comptroller, headed by Scott M. Stringer, offers opportunity for those interested in starting a business, and, is seeking to do business with new and established businesses: MWBE University (Minority and Women Owned Business Initiative) host workshops to aid in this area.  Email or call (212)669-3916.

Music Post: Where To Go

If you want to enjoy live bands and energetic performances right here on the Lower East Side, we recommend:

THE BOWERY BALLROOM – 6 Delancey Street.  Performance venue for wide range of music including Rap, Neo-Soul, R&B and Funk.  Check their website for featured artists and schedules.

ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL -196 Allen Street.  Showcase for up and coming talent and songwriters.  Many nights free at the door.  Check their website for more information.

THE GROOVE – 125 MacDougal Street (one block from 6th Avenue) 7 nights a week of “live bands playing “live Funk, Soul & R&B.” Check their website for calendar and artist schedules.