Lower East Side Links

–A recap of last night’s televised debate between U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel. [Politico]

–At a City Council hearing, it quickly became apparent that the NYPD has little interest in cracking down on parking placard abuse. [Streetsblog]

–Here’s a first look at the new luxury condo building set to go up on the site of the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion. Community Board 3’s Landmarks Committee will take up the application next week. [EV Grieve]

–Pete Wells awards two stars to Delancey Street’s Shabushabu Cocoron. He says of the $128 omakase den, “I just sat there in something like a state of wonder while (chef Mako Okano) cooked for me… Sitting there while Ms. Okano stands a few inches away and makes your dinner is one of the most luxurious experiences this city currently offers.” [New York Times]

–The Elevator Repair Service’s “Everyone’s Fine With Virginia Woolf” opened at Abrons Arts Center Tuesday. Ben Brantley writes, “If ‘Everyone’s Fine’ is partly a rebuke to what male playwrights do to their female characters, it also bubbles with a love of theater at its most brazenly theatrical that Albee would surely recognize.” [New York Times]