Lower East Side Links

–Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che offers to pay rent for one month for 160 residents of the Smith Houses. He grew up in the NYCHA complex and his grandmother recently died of coronavirus. [The New York Times]

–The owner of the Lower East Side’s Hotel Indigo scores a $1.7 million COVID-19 loan from the federal government. [The Real Deal]

–We know the federal Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money and has been a huge disappointment for most small businesses, but the city’s  loan program has also failed the smallest businesses in New York City. [The City]

–“Supply chain issues and staffing shortages specific to the Chinese-American community” help explain why so many Chinese restaurants are completely closed. [Gothamist]

–The pop culture website Uproxx has signed a lease for 3,300 square feet at 161 Bowery. [Commercial Observer]

–Ecological City is going virtual with its annual zero waste pageant. [Next City]

–An anonymous act of kindness from East Village restaurant owners. [EV Grieve]

–Community Board 3’s monthly meeting takes place next week on Zoom. [CB3]

–Trader Joe’s on Grand Street will be closed for cleaning April 24., reopening April 25. [Trader Joe’s]