Morning Reads: More on Pink Pony’s Demise, LES is Safe Just Like Iceland, Galleries Losing Cutting Edge?

The closure of Pink Pony is yet another indication that skyrocketing rents are killing local, authentic businesses (Daily News).

New York’s worst neighborhoods for crime; LES dubbed as safe as Iceland (Post).

Are Lower East Side galleries losing their “avant garde” street cred to, gasp!, the Upper East Side? (Gallerist)

Sizing up the candidates for Public Advocate, including our own State Senator, Dan Squadron (Capital).

In search of an afternoon quickie?  Two LES hotels have you covered (EV Grieve).