Lower East Side Links

–A plan to merge two East Village schools — one diverse, one not — falls apart. [Chalkbeat]

–“An aggressive urban re-engineering experiment — new traffic rules largely banning drivers from a mile-long stretch of 14th street — is proving transformative.” [New York Times]

–A report commissioned by elected officials on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan has been released. [Manhattan BP]

–As New York’s commercial vacancy problem grows worse, the City Council sits on legislation that some advocates believe would give retail tenants a fighting chance of staying in business. [City Limits]

–You probably heard about the pizza slices and the heartfelt not left at the makeshift memorial for the Chinatown murder victims. Now read the story of the Lower East Side pizza man responsible for the gesture. [New York Times]