Lower East Side Links

–After a controversy erupted around artist David Choe’s past statements regarding sexual assault, his Bowery mural has been painted over. Choe has come out with a letter of apology and Jessica Goldman Srebnick, representing the landlord, chimes in, as well. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor is coming to the Lower East Side for a town hall meeting this week. Here’s a look at how he prepares to face questions from locals at these types of events. [WNYC]

–The Post catches up to a story we reported May 30, the city’s decision to allow the luxury developers of Rivington House to do some exploratory work. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has written a letter to the Department of Buildings that says, “I am perplexed as to why my office did not receive direct notice from DOB regarding the change to the Stop Work Order on this property.” [New York Post]

–Five years after it was enacted, there are different opinions about an Upper West Side zoning ordinance meant to curtail big box stores. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the architect of the initiative, said she’s encouraged enough about the results to advocate for similar plans in the East Village. [AMNY]

–Jeremiah Moss, the anonymous local blogger, is unmasking himself so he can more effectively advocate for mom-and-pop businesses. [The New Yorker]

–Scenes from the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Eldridge Street. [NY1]

–Adam Platt enjoyed Hanoi House, the homey, inventive Vietnamese restaurant on St. Marks Place. [New York Magazine]