Lower East Side News

–The city is planning protected bike lanes along Avenue C and East Houston Street to accommodate bicyclists who sooner or later will be diverted from East River Park due to resiliency-related construction. [Streetsblog]

–At a recent community board meeting, city officials went over plans for yet another delay in the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. They said the new delay is meant to accommodate pleas for ample outdoor public space during the pandemic. [Bedford & Bowery]

–The city will be hosting virtual meetings to inform the rebuilding of 70 Mulberry Street, a community facility destroyed by fire.  [NYC.gov]

–A police officer who pressed his knee into the neck of a bystander during a social distancing arrest in the East Village, will retire rather than face a disciplinary hearing. [The New York Times]

–A national survey finds that small galleries like signs and symbols on the Lower East Side are especially vulnerable due to the federal government’s failure to approve more small business aid. [The Art Newspaper]

–The pandemic continues to rip through the fabric of the New York restaurant and bar industry. One of the latest casualties is the quirky LES cocktail bar, Nightcap. [NPR]

–A new pasta spot, Forsythia, opens on Stanton Street. [Eater]

–The legendary Astor Place Hairstylists is calling it quits due to COVID-19. [The New York Times]

–RIP Kid Lucky, East Village beatbox pioneer. [EV Grieve]

–Daily Paper, an Amsterdam-based clothing brand, has opened a store on the Lower East Side. [Vanity Fair]