Lower East Side Links

–While they feared the worst following the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry St., leaders of the Museum of Chinese in America are increasingly optimistic that much of their collection can be salvaged. [Gothamist]

–Surgical masks are almost impossible to come by in Chinatown as headlines about the new coronavirus grow more worrisome. [Reuters]

–Mayoral aides reportedly had a “hysterical overreaction” when they learned about the planned City Council testimony of Ricardo Morales, a former city bureaucrat scapegoated in the Rivington House affair. [New York Post]

–It has a shiny new showpiece on Essex Street, but has the International Center of Photography lost its way creatively? “What should a photography museum do when photographs are just about everywhere? ICP has to answer that in a new home at Essex Crossing, the large new Lower East Side development, though its initial programming suggests it’s still not sure.” [New York Times]

–A first glimpse of the condo building that was built on the site of the 2015 East Village gas explosion. [EV Grieve]

–Caught on tape: bystanders lift an SUV to save a pedestrian who was pinned under the vehicle on Delancey Street. [Daily News]

–Una Pizza Napoletano, now with pepperoni. [Grub Street]