Lower East Side Links

–The city is raising prices at municipal parking garages. In the Essex Street parking facility, monthly rates are going up from $300 to $500. [Channel 2]

–Ground floor and basement level food halls are becoming “the weapon of choice” as developers battle for renters in their glitzy new residential projects. Case in point: Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. But in some other large projects across the city, food purveyors have failed to survive, going out of business just a matter of months after opening. [New York Times]

–It’s crunch time in Albany as progressives push for sweeping reforms in New York’s rent laws. [City & State]

–A deliveryman in Chinatown won a $328,000 judgment from his former employer, a restaurant on Hester Street. But after the restaurant changed its name, Cai Shuang Chen was not able to collect wages he says he was owed. [Daily News]

–City Council members want the State Legislature to legalize e-bikes. [AM New York]