Lower East Side Links

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–A $162 million construction loan has been secured for the new complex to be built on the ashes of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [The Real Deal]

–The city excludes parts of Chinatown from COVID-19 small business relief funding. [Gothamist]

–Light Up Chinatown – a new effort to lure customers back to the neighborhood. [The New York Times]

–A big blow for the neighborhood if it’s true: Sammy’s Roumanian Restaurant appears to have cleared out of its Chrystie Street location. There’s some speculation, though, that it could re-emerge in another location. [James & Karla Instagram]

–The beloved B & H Dairy restaurant has been forced to overcome all sorts of difficulties in the past year, but the ones inflicted by city bureaucrats have been the most maddening. [Gothamist]

–The old school Chinatown barbershop gets a second generation makeover on Pell Street. [Channel 7]

–2020’s saddest restaurant closures, including Rosario’s, Gaia and Hop Shing. [Eater]