Lower East Side Links

–The New Museum has selected high profile architect Rem Koolhaas to design its new annex on the Bowery. [New York Times]

–Settlement Housing Fund and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, “failed to apply for funds through the city’s Build it Back program.” Now they’re floating the idea of flood protections for their low-income buildings on South Street, if a mega-project from JDS Development Group is allowed to move forward. [DNAinfo]

–An environmental group hosted a harbor boat ride to demonstrate the flood risks in Lower Manhattan five years after Hurricane Sandy. [AMNY]

–Steve Cuozzo celebrates the return of Hwa Yuan, the legendary Sichuan restaurant that recently reopened in grand form on East Broadway. [New York Post]

–Pete Wells is not very impressed with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest restaurant, Public Kitchen, in Ian Schrager’s new Public Hotel. [New York Times]

–The Lower East Side’s Mission Chinese is the test case for a new urban farming startup that wants to grow exotic mushrooms in local restaurants. [Bloomberg]