Lower East Side Links

–Essex crossing teases its new high-end condo building at 202 Broome St. [Curbed]

–A YIMBY group, Open New York, is making a case for affordable housing as a way to push through a Soho rezoning. [Crain’s]

–Performance Space New York will turn the institution over to artists to run for one year. [Artforum]

–The Year of the Rat: Lunar New Year celebrations begin in Chinatown tomorrow (Saturday) with the annual Firecracker Ceremony in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The parade isn’t happening until next month. [Channel 7]

–Nightlife “spirit animal” Omar Hernandez opens “Omar’s La Boîte” on Broome Street. [New York Times]