Ray’s Bar on Rivington Benefits from City’s Latest ‘Open Street’

Posted on: September 16th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Another Lower East Side street is now closed off to traffic on weekends for outdoor dining, Mayor de Blasio announced last Friday.

Celebrity-owned (Justin Theroux) Ray’s Bar is the “host” for the road closure of Rivington Street between Chrystie and the Bowery.

This outdoor dining initiative, launched by de Blasio back in June to allow restaurants to set up tables on the roadbed, comes to a close at the end of next month. Fewer than half of the city’s 25,000 restaurants participate, according to a report in the New York Post.

City restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25-percent of their capacity at the end of September, Governor Cuomo announced last this week.

With the addition of Rivington and Chrystie, the total number of car-free corridors under the coronavirus-linked restaurant program is now at 87.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]