Focus: “News from the Lower East Side” of NYC. Information categories include News, Food, Nightlife, Art, Music, Kids, Shopping, Real Estate, LES Info, Calendar. Curated content from mainstream and other community news and info sites.
Staff: founder/publishers Ed Litvak and Traven Rice. Litvak is a former TV news producer, Rice has a background in film and theater. Other staff are two editors. Site has six writing contributors.
Print edition: Publishers announced in March 2012 they will launch a print magazine of Lo-Down NY in May 2012.
Funding: advertising, sponsorships, production and consulting service
The Lo-Down is a community web site dedicated to covering news, events and – most significantly – the people who live and work in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side.
Rather than serve a single segment of our diverse neighborhood, we are a resource for all cultures and groups on the LES to share information and ideas and to engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues that unite and divide us. We are not a blog that espouses a particular point of view or has an agenda. We work hard to reach out to people and organizations that are not often heard from – and to solicit multiple points of view and new perspectives. It is most important to us that everyone has an opportunity to tell their own story.
Sample stories: “Ken’s music picks: Bryan Dunn at Rockwood Music Hall”; “Roots and Vines owner talks about why she closed cafe”