Lower East Side Links

–It has become increasingly difficult to hold government accountable as large media outlets slash their local news budgets. While smaller news sites have tried to fill the gap, they often are not sustainable financially. This article highlights The Lo-Down’s coverage of the Rivington House scandal, noting that hyperlocal news publications, “at times play a pivotal role in the larger news ecosystem in New York City.” [City & State]

–Praise for local City Council Member Carlina Rivera, who pushed through legislation to deter construction companies that take over bike lanes. [Streetsblog]

–The governor vetoes legislation that would have legalized e-bikes. One advocate for delivery workers, who lobbied for the legislation said, “Governor Cuomo, a supposed champion for immigrants and the working poor, has failed to protect 40,000 low-wage, mostly immigrant workers in New York.” [New York Times]

–The share of Chinese restaurants in major American cities is falling, in part because the children of restaurant owners are “pursuing professional careers that do not demand the same grueling labor as food service.” [New York Times]

–A look behind the shadow economy carved out by can collectors on the streets of New York City. [New York Times]

–What’s the secret to Russ and Daughters’ delicious latkes? Co-owner Niki Russ Federman told all on last weekend’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning. [CBS News]