Lower East Side Links

–Citing “low wages, scarce benefits, and unstable working conditions,” workers at the Tenement Museum vote to unionize. [Hyperallergic]

–A proposal to add a nickel surcharge on paper grocery bags was approved by the City Council. Local City Council Member Margaret Chin has championed the measure. [Crain’s]

–Don’t expect a rent freeze this year. A new report shows owners of rent stabilized buildings saw their expenses rise 5.5%. [Curbed]

–It’s your last chance to visit Shopsin’s in the old Essex Street Market. Stop by today or Saturday, or wait until May when Shopsin’s will be open for business in the new market. [Instagram]

–Noodle soup without the soup — Pete Wells is intrigued by the “dry” ramen spot, Niche, on Delancey Street. [New York Times]

–Joey Bats Cafe is a new “mom and son source for Portuguese pastries” on Allen Street. [New York Times]

–A huge Keith Haring mural rescued from the old Boys Club building on Pitt Street has been reborn in Red Hook. [Artsy]