Lower East Side Links

–The artist Shalom Neuman seems to have prevailed in his 8-year battle with infamous landlord Steven Croman. A state appeals court tossed out a lawsuit over Neuman’s building, 57 Stanton Street, freeing the longtime Lower East Side resident to do what he wants with the property. [Commercial Observer]

–Editorial: The mayor has failed to make the city more resilient; “The $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, intended to raise ground levels along the Lower East Side waterfront, was supposed to begin three years ago. The de Blasio administration dithered, and is now on its third major revision of a plan that won’t be complete until 2025 at the earliest.” [The Daily News]

–The Associated Press finally declares Rep. Carolyn Maloney the victor in her June primary race against challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney has a lead of about 3700 votes. But because the courts have ordered the Board of Elections to count absentee ballots initially thrown out, probably less than 1200 of them, Patel is not conceding. [Politico]

–A number of well-known Chinatown restaurants have been forced to close for good, including Golden Mandarin Court, Amazing 66 and Hope Shing. [Sing Tao Daily via City Limits]

–Lan Zhou, the Chinatown pulled noodle destination, has decided to shut its doors for good. [Eater]

–Pete Wells checks out the outdoor dining options in Chinatown. [The New York Times]

–Same goes for Robert Sietsema, who sounded a note of optimism after his multi-day tour of the neighborhood: “I felt like an excited kid again, marveling at Chinatown springing back to life.”  [Eater]

–The Orchard Street restaurant, The Fat Radish, is closing after a decade on the Lower East Side. Owners of the “once-sceney” spot say they did not have enough outdoor space to make a go of it in the COVID-19 era. [Eater]

–Seth Rogan’s new film, “An American Pickle,” provides an opportunity to revisit New York’s pickle history. [Forward]