Lower East Side Links

–Extell announces a COVID-19 sale at One Manhattan Square. [The Real Deal]

–Unemployment claims by Asian Americans have gone up dramatically in New York, more than any ethnic group. Jing Fong co-owner Truman Lam has some ideas why. [CNN]

–What’s happening at 46 Mott St.: a Chinatown grocer feeds the community, distributing around 100 free meals every day. [NBC News]

–State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou speaks out about scapegoating of Asian Americans and the failure of government during the COVID-19 crisis. [NBC News]

–Coronavirus Chronicle: 24 hours in New York City, including a visit to Russ & Daughters; “The shop was shuttered for two weeks. It didn’t feel right. On Tuesday, April 14th, the store reopened, though no customers were allowed inside—phone orders only…” [The New Yorker]

–A conversation with Parkside Lounge owner Christopher Lee, who has recovered from coronavirus. [EV Grieve]

–Jake Dell, co-owner of Katz’s Deli, says takeout orders are enough to keep the restaurant afloat. [Channel 11]

–The chefs behind Contra and Wildair have “reincarnated” their two tasting menu restaurants to create something brand new, and more rustic, for takeout in the time of COVID-19. (NewYorker)

–ICYMI: Gabrielle Hamilton moving essay in the Times also offered a lot of insight about how the East Village and Lower East Side have changed over the course of two decades. [New York Times]