Lower East Side Links

–Lower East Side community groups forge ahead with plans to rezone the Two Bridges area, while a judge is set to rule August 2 on a lawsuit to block three mega-projects along the waterfront. [City Limits]

–A homeless man was electrocuted while walking through the F train tunnel near Delancey Street. [Daily News]

–The City Council approved several bills that will require the city to track retail store vacancies and mom-and-pop shops.[Gothamist]

–Residents at the Baruch Houses are concerned about a leaky, smelly lobby as NYCHA fails to address plumbing issues. [Channel 11]

–LeRoy McCarthy is not giving up on his quest to name a corner of the Lower East Side “Beastie Boys’ Square.” [New York Post]

–24-year-old Alexander Yip says that opening his restaurant on St. Marks Place, “was a way to preserve the memory of getting a clay pot on East Broadway.”  [New York Times]

–The new Thai restaurant, Wayla, on Forsyth Street features a beautiful backyard garden and some pretty amazing noodle-wrapped meatballs. [The New Yorker]