Lower East Side Links

–Steve Cuozzo says the oversaturated hotel market is ruining New York City. “The new Hotel 50 Bowery, at that address, has a fine place to eat and a rooftop lounge with eye-popping views. But its 21-story glass façade looms like a wayward dragon over low-rise Chinatown. Its near-300 rooms will flood the compact, colorful district with big spenders certain to overwhelm its exotic but fragile chemistry.” [New York Post]

–David Eng, vice president at the Tenement Museum, tells his family’s story. “It was not until recently, as the political climate became heated and talk of limiting refugees and banning some altogether became a reality, that I was reminded I arrived in this country nearly 60 years ago as a refugee.” [Vice]

–Opinion: City Council member Rory Lancman says the City of New York should be funding local journalism. [Daily News]

–This week in Brooklyn, John Cale will perform songs from the Velvet Underground’s debut album. It was recorded in a rehearsal space on Ludlow Street in 1967. [The Guardian]

–Ligaya Mishan traces the “rise and triumph” of Asian American cuisine. [New York Times]

–Photos: The skateboarders of Tompkins Square Park. [New York Times]

–Participant, the indispensable non-profit art space, has added seven new board members. [Art News]