Lower East Side Links

–Headline of the day: “Subsidized complex turns itself into a gated community.” This is probably not how the board of Masaryk Towers hoped to be starting the day. Columnist Ginia Bellafonte chews the scenery on the Lower East Side, observing, “The instinct to shun and exclude comes all too naturally in the human spirit.” She then goes on to invoke Jacob Riis and “How the Other Half Lives.” [New York Times]

–A city EMT, apparently a Hells Angel, has been arrested for allegedly slashing someone’s tires outside the group’s East Third Street clubhouse. [New York Post]

–Katz’s Deli is snapping up spaces in New Jersey for its expanding mail order business. [Rutherford Daily Voice]

–Apparently everyone’s got to have a pair of David Chang’s Momokuku Nike high tops. [Eater]

–Tiki on 12th. The East Village Independent Merchants Association is throwing a party tomorrow. [EV Grieve]