Lower East Side Links

–The Strand, experiencing a catastrophic loss in business due to COVID-19, is asking for help. [Gothamist]

–Jing Fong, Chinatown’s largest restaurant, reopens for indoor dining. “But the elephant in the room, as it is with many restaurants around the city, is rent. While the Lam family (Jing Fong’s owners) placated the landlord with some of the restaurant’s Paycheck Protection Program money, they haven’t paid their rent in full for seven months, and there are no official discussions about waiving even a portion of it. That bill will come due at some point. Even if their business recovers with indoor dining as well as the Lam family hopes, the survival of Manhattan’s largest Chinese restaurant is uncertain.” [Eater]

–A new report illustrates just how devastating job losses have been in New York’s Asian communities. [NY1]

–Mission Chinese is gone from the Lower East Side but the controversy over the restaurant’s toxic work culture lives on.  Danny Bowien has gone public, addressing a multitude of allegations from former employees. [Eater]

–Police were investigating after the body of an 87-year-old man was found in an apartment on Grand Street. [AM New York]

–Even though the mayor has delayed the opening of new jails to replace Rikers Island, plans are moving forward for the design of a new Chinatown jail. [The City]

–Part of the argument for rezoning Soho is that it could lead to more affordable housing construction, but the truth is there are very few available building sites in the neighborhood. Here’s a look at what could be realistically built and where. [Curbed]