Lower East Side Links

–A look at the latest fundraising numbers for city elections coming up in four months, including in District 2, where a crowded field is competing to replace term limited CM Rosie Mendez. [Gotham Gazette]

–A few of the condo units at 265 East Houston St. (Suffolk Street) have finally hit the market for more than $2 million each. [Curbed]

–The city has cracked down on five stores – Zara, Uniqlo, Hollister, Topshop and American Eagle – which have violated zoning laws restricting stores to 10,000 square feet. City Council member Margaret Chin said, “I am pleased to see that some of the most egregious violators of the ban on oversized retail in SoHo are being held accountable.” Neighborhood activists are worried the retailers will receive little more than a slap on the wrist. [New York Post]

–Parks Department employees are reportedly being made to attend “spin” classes to more effectively evade community opposition to park projects. A city spokesperson says it is a “complete mischaracterization” to call the sessions spin classes. [New York Post]