Lower East Side Links

–New renderings show the former Sunshine Cinema’s “icy replacement,” a glassy commercial building that “couldn’t be further removed from the community or its surroundings.” [City Realty]

–This morning on Delancey Street: City officials will pedal across the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn and hold a 9:30 a.m. press conference to officially open the new protected bike lanes. The initiative is part of the mitigation plan for the L Train Shutdown. [Press Advisory]

–U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents the Lower East Side, talks about her 2019 legislative agenda. In an interview, she said, “There is a need for federal funding for resiliency of the coastline of the Lower East Side and Red Hook. We cannot sit and wait for the next hurricane to look at how we can put an integrated flood system. Otherwise you’re going to have a Category 1 hurricane flood all the public housing again. That type of project is costly. But the long-term benefits, you just can’t measure.” [City & State]

–Friends remember Janet Weinberg, the Educational Alliance’s executive vice president and a longtime LGBT leader. [Gay City]

–A new documentary follows Mike Saviello, the longtime manager of Astor Place Hairstylists. [EV Grieve]

–Artist C. Finley installs a dumpster in a Lower East Side gallery, dubbing it, “The Givester,” a place for charitable donations. [NY1]

–“10 of the best pizza slices in NYC;” Scarr’s on Orchard Street made Pete Wells’ list. [New York  Times]