Lower East Side Links

–The mayor announces plans for a Soho rezoning, which he says will set the stage for more affordable housing and also make it easier for businesses to open and operate. Critics believe it’s really a misguided plan for upzoning a community with new out-of-scale buildings. [The New York Times]

–The Museum of Chinese in America has received a $3 million grant from the Ford Foundation. The funding will help the museum save thousands of artifacts damaged in a fire earlier this year. [The New York Times]

–Reporter Robin Pogrebin discusses the recent controversies at the New Museum, whose leaders have been accused of fostering an unhealthy work environment and condoning some unethical practices. [WNYC]

–The documentary photographer Alan Chin has deep roots in Chinatown. Take a look at his photos depicting the neighborhood’s struggles to overcome COVID-19. [The Nation]

–Jonathan Boyarin is out with a new book, “Yeshiva Days: Learning on the Lower East Side,” which chronicles his time at Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem (MTJ). He writes, “The people who came to the Lower East Side and the people who were born here created a network of institutions that has been gradually dwindling for decades, while the yeshiva stands out as one of the survivors.” [Cornell Chronicle]

–Activists stage an “art attack” in East River Park to protest the city’s resiliency plan. [The Village Sun]

–Hannah Goldfield says the fairly new Sichuan restaurant on Essex Street, Public Village, “manages to be charming” even though “much of the theatre of restaurant-going has been quashed by the pandemic.” [The New Yorker]

–Fat Choy, a vegan Chinese restaurant, open on Broome Street. [Grub Street]