Lower East Side Links

–After a City Council rezoning vote, the developer of a Sutton Place condo tower temporarily halts construction. This is one to watch — as the ultimate outcome could have bearing on a campaign to curtail three mega-towers in the Two Bridges area. [The Real Deal]

–The City Council approved several tenant rights bills yesterday, including one that requires the city to establish a list of “predatory equity” landlords. [The Real Deal]

–Candidates for City Council speaker gave generously to their colleagues and future colleagues in the past election cycle. One Council member-elect who benefited was Carlina Rivera, who’s poised to succeed Rosie Mendez in District 2. [Gotham Gazette]

–Here’s more reaction from the story reported in the Daily News yesterday: NYCHA put up asbestos decontamination tents inside a playground at the Seward Park Extension complex. [Channel 2]

–Paul Manafort has reportedly reached a deal with federal prosecutors to use an apartment he owns on Baxter Street in Chinatown as collateral to make bail. [Curbed]

–There’s free admission at the New Museum this weekend in celebration of the Lower East Side institution’s 40th anniversary. [Facebook]

–Here’s Robert Sietsema’s take on Hwa Yuan, the newly reopened Szechuan restaurant on East Broadway with a legendary reputation. [Eater]