The Lo-Down Articles


“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent,
and independent with a tremendous spirit of
adventure and a love of play.”
~ Henri Matisse

Small Business Spotlight: Mendel Goldberg Fabrics

Alice Goldberg Wildes is a cyclone of energy. The great-granddaughter of Mendel Goldberg, founder of Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, is doing what she does best—providing highly personal service and applying her discerning, curator’s eye to clients. On this day,...

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Ivan Ramen Opens May 9 on Clinton St.

When ramen guru Ivan Orkin was growing up on Long Island, he would often spend a day noshing his way through the Lower East Side, the neighborhood his grandfather called home a century ago. Now, he’s come full circle. The Lo-Down - Ivan Ramen Opens May 9 on Clinton...

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Dino Eli, Owner-Curator, Provocateur, Settles In

One day this fall, I was meandering south down gallery-dotted Orchard Street and bumped into Dino Eli. I found him doing his customary ritual dance—floating between the eponymous Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery, a tiny space just steps away. Eli is the...

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TLD Interview: Gallery Owner Lesley Heller

For some time we’ve been intrigued by the shows at Lesley Heller Workspace on lower Orchard Street. So I was excited to sit down with owner Lesley Heller recently to learn more about her approach to curating shows and hear about the sorts of work that makes an impact...

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TLD Interview: LES Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff

Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff recalls a time when the streets of the Lower East Side were like a theater. “There was always something happening… life took place on the street,” she says. Lepkoff, 95, grew up in a tenement at 60 Hester St. that no longer exists, and was...

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