The Lower East Side Genesis Jews of Eating Chinese Food on Christmas

Last modified December 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

A version of this story appeared in Bowery Boogie last year, but it’s always worth a reminder given the conversations this time of year around dinner plans on Christmas for the Jewish folk. Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas is a tradition forged long ago in the bowels of the Lower East Side. To many […]

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An October Christmas Tree for Allen Street

Posted October 9, 2019 at 5:07 am

Christmas come early on Allen Street. Where trees are usually discarded, one has taken root. Sort of. Someone felt the need to dig a hole for a plastic Christmas tree outside the Cheese Grille at 188 Allen Street. It’s been fully decorated alongside the pun, “Plastic Treesus.” Plastic Jesus is a street artist from Los […]

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Holiday Lights in Place Along Orchard Street

Posted November 30, 2018 at 5:05 am

The holiday cheer is on display along Orchard Street. As in years past, the three-dimensional snowflakes are now suspended above the roadway between East Houston and Hester Streets. This is the spine designating the jurisdiction of the Lower East Side Partnership (which finances the installation each year). There are also lights at Delancey and Ludlow. […]

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Santa Claus is Coming to the Essex Street Market Tomorrow

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

Here’s one Santa who won’t be puking all over the Lower East Side. That’s right: jolly old St. Nick is coming to the Lower East Side this weekend. It’s all part of Essex Street Market’s annual yuletide cheer, which includes making your own ornament, trimming the Market Christmas tree, and hot chocolate and candy canes for everyone, despite […]


The Ultimate Christmas Tree Dump on East Houston

Posted January 8, 2016 at 5:15 am

​Where some see a subway access median along East Houston, others see a perfect dumping ground for Christmas trees. Yes, ’tis the season, after all. Check out this enormous pile of dead, discarded evergreens in the middle of the roadway. This doesn’t seem like an arbitrary act. Prank or pre-MulchFest collection? And remember, it’s never too […]

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Seasonal Holiday Lighting Installed Along Orchard Street

Posted November 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but holiday cheer is already on the streets. The holiday lights returned to Orchard Street on Monday for another go-round of season’s greetings. As in years past, the decorative snowflake orbs are now suspended above the roadway between East Houston and Hester. The designated area under the jurisdiction of the […]

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A Very Merry Christmas with Wassailing and Cheer

Last modified December 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Are you going caroling this year? If yes, please bring back this hairstyle. It is so much better than the ugly Christmas sweater. Remember over Thanksgiving when we said “come Christmas, you might just discover hefty similarities between caroling and masking/mumming. In fact, carolers were once known as Mummerers. Instead of the once-traditional ragamuffin style, groups […]

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Why It (Probably) Doesn’t Matter that SantaCon is without a Home

Posted November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

Bushwick put up a united front this week and did what the Lower East Side couldn’t. It essentially strongarmed SantaCon into canceling its plans to host the “charity” event in the Brooklyn enclave. Many of the bars reportedly refused to permit revelers with costume. amNewyork had the scoop on Wednesday, quoting organizers who claimed that […]

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SantaCon Bypassing the Lower East Side This Year, Heads to Bushwick Instead

Posted November 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

Looks like the Lower East Side will be spared the spew from this year’s SantaCon. The notorious yet (questionably) charitable boozefest will officially bypass the East Village and LES, and drunkenly crawl its way instead through Bushwick. This yuletide news, shared by EV Grieve and The Bushwick Daily, is already stressing out the local Brooklyn watering […]

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Annual Holiday Lighting Installed Along Orchard Street

Posted November 12, 2014 at 6:08 am

Like clockwork, the annual non-denominational holiday lights are now providing some festive flare along Orchard Street. The flatbeds arrived early yesterday morning with the payload of illuminated equipment. This year, as in the past, ornaments are of the orb-like snowflake variety. They are strung across the roadway from East Houston to Hester Street, the boundary of […]

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