Lower East Side Links

–“A renewal project 60 years in the making.” Not much new in this primer on the Essex Crossing project. We do learn that 60,000 people have applied for 99 senior apartments on site 6 of the project. [New York Times]

–The MTA is going to add express bus service along 14th Street. It’s part of a plan to help commuters cope with the L Train shutdown, but the service will be permanent. [DNAinfo]

–The mayor is planning to hire a nightlife ambassador. [Daily News]

–Reliving “Needle Park.” A new interactive play revisits the drug-drenched Lower East Side of the 1960s. [Gothamist]

–Celebrate Juneteenth at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden tomorrow. [Facebook]

–ICYMI: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street Sunday. [The Lo-Down]