Lower East Side Links

–Repairs on the Rutgers Tube mean service disruptions for the F train on nights and weekends. [Daily News]

–Parents are reeling after the mayor changes his school reopening plan once again. One neighborhood school building, P.S. 63, where windows aren’t fully working, was cited last week as an example of the safety issues plaguing DOE facilities across the city. [Channel 2]

–A bowling alley on the Lower East Side: “The Gutter” soft opens at Essex Crossing, [The Gutter LES]

–The mayor extends his “open streets” outdoor dining initiative to weekdays. Several Lower East Side streets are affected. [Eater]

–Awkwafina announces she’ll be supporting groups dedicated to helping devastated small businesses across NYC. In a social media post, Awkwafina talks about her grandmother, “a seamstress on the Lower East Side,” who lived in a building on lower Orchard Street. “To see what the pandemic has done to my city, and especially its Chinatowns is devastating,” she explains. “With a rising rate of xenophobic hate crimes, and an economic standstill leading to closures of legendary New York staples that I grew up with. I owe it to my family to help struggling businesses during this time.” [Instagram]

–A construction barrier is the latest headache for the struggling Punjabi Deli. [EV Grieve]

–The Times’ “Overlooked No More” series pays tribute to suffragette Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. Only recently, the post office on Doyers Street in Chinatown was named for her. [The New York Times]