Lower East Side Links

–Former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver will be sentenced for a third time Monday. Silver, convicted of public corruption, failed to convince a federal judge that his sentence should be further delayed due to COVID-19. [NY1]

–The race to succeed Margaret Chin is now in full swing. Here are the contenders for the District 1 City Council seat: Gigi Li, Jenny Lam-Low, Maud Maron, Christopher Marte and Denny Salas. [Gotham Gazette]

–The city is expanding the “open streets” initiative to make more room for outdoor dining. Among the new designated blocks: Rivington Street and Canal Street. [Gothamist]

–Another look at Vision Urbana’s efforts to feed the Lower East Side during the COVID-19 crisis. [NY1]

–High praise for MasalaWala, the Essex Street Indian restaurant. [Eater]

–Odessa Restaurant will not be shutting down for good but only closing temporarily for renovations. [Gothamist]

–Saying a final goodbye to Jimmy Webb’s rock ‘n’ roll boutique on Orchard Street. [EV Grieve]