Lower East Side Links

–The governor’s plan for L Train repairs might not lead to a full Canarsie Tunnel shutdown, but it won’t be painless. A draft MTA proposal reportedly envisions, “massive (service) cuts, longer waits for trains and a move to make the First and Third Avenue stations exit-only on weekends.” [New York Post]

–More on the L Train plan. It looks like officials are scrubbing that scheme to send 100 buses an hour over the Williamsburg Bridge. [Streetsblog]

–In a lawsuit, developers of a hotel next to the Merchant’s House Museum on East 4th Street cite, “a grass roots campaign of fear and misinformation” that led to the City Council’s rejection of the project. [The Real Deal]

–Inside the fight for the Elizabeth Street Garden. [Curbed]

–Remembering legendary filmmaker Jonas Mekas, the Godfather of avant-garde cinema, who died at the age of 97. Mekas was the co-founder of the Lower East Side’s Anthology Film Archives. [New York Times]

–An employee at the New Museum talks about efforts to unionize. [Jacobin]

–Sidewalk sheds are spreading across the city and there are growing concerns about pedestrian safety. Remember when one of those sheds collapsed on Broome Street last year? The City Council is looking at addressing the safety issue. [Channel 7]