Lower East Side Links

–Quarters, the German co-living firm, has filed for bankruptcy. One of the buildings it leased is located at 324 Grand St. [The Real Deal]

–Legislation championed by Council Member Margaret Chin to lift the cap on street vendors for the first time in 40 years is expected to be approved next week. [The City]

–For awhile it looked like Sheldon Silver might have secured a last-minute pardon from Donald Trump, just a few months after finally reporting to prison to serve a 6.5 year sentence for public corruption. But in the end, he did not make the cut. [Gothamist]

–Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of the Lower East Side, urges the Biden administration to help finally enact the Equal Rights Amendment. [AM New York]

–A follow-up on our story from last week about the city’s decision to shut down street-side dining at Yopparai Ronin and three other Clinton Street restaurants to accommodate construction of a luxury condo building. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation says, “This is a rare case, and unfortunately we can’t let local construction prevent New Yorkers from accessing their roadways… We know this is a hard time for local restaurants in any circumstance, and we’re actively reviewing solutions for this establishment.” [Curbed]

–Big Gay Ice Cream founders say so long to East 7th Street, explaining, “The batteries have gone a bit dim on that street. The empty storefronts (kept vacant by landlords working tax breaks) that plague the city have settled in. It ain’t what it was. We decided that even if the shop managed to make it through “the COVID thing” it would never truly recover.” They hope to open a new East Village or Lower East Side location in the future. [EV Grieve]

–A year after a fire nearly destroyed its archives, the Museum of Chinese in America debuts a new digital platform. [The Art Newspaper]