Lower East Side Links

–Irrational coronavirus fears are continuing to put the squeeze on businesses in Chinatown. [Financial Times]

–A new vendor is coming to the Essex Market in mid-March — featuring açaí bowls and make-your-own-salads. And an existing vendor, Don Ceviche, will be renamed Mercado Lima and make a move to a larger stall, adding Peruvian rotisserie chicken. [AM New York]

–New studies seek to answer the question, “Do rents really rise when luxury apartment towers, like the universally loathed One Manhattan Square, are built in poor neighborhoods?” [New York Times]

–Scenes from this past week’s water main break in the Two Bridges area. [Gothamist]

–A feature on the “hearty New Yorkers” who dare to live in pink buildings, including the landmarked former Ridley & Sons Department Store building on Grand Street. [New York Post]

–Cops are looking for Eric Delamarter, a hedge fund manager who attacked a man with a metal object. The victim was apparently indiscriminately ringing buzzers outside Delamarter’s Lower East Side building, an act that sent him into a rage. [Channel 2]

–Artist Jordan Casteel, who depicts exclusively people of color “at a scale that makes them impossible to ignore,” opens an exhibition next week at the New Museum. [New York Times]

–“Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness,” an exhibition on the Lower East Side, showcases a remarkable series of photos taken over three decades. [Cultured]