Lower East Side Links

–The de Blasio administration and the developers behind those proposed mega-towers in the Two Bridges area headed to appeals court last week in a bid to reverse a lower court ruling that halted the unpopular projects. [City Limits]

–Opinion: Developments shouldn’t be approved when they “impinge on crucial institutions or iconic views.” Case in point: “One Manhattan Square… among New York City’s most disappointing buildings. An 80-story box completed in 2018… It stands just 50 feet from the Manhattan Bridge, where Chinatown meets the East River. From that location, towering over everything around it, the building spoils views both to and from Lower Manhattan.” [The Architect’s Newspaper]

–The city lays out various precautions it intends to take in opening a homeless facility in the Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street. A group of landlords and businesses has filed a lawsuit to block the facility from opening. [The New York Post]

–Remembering Corky Lee, the acclaimed documentary photographer and activist so important to the way we all see Chinatown past, present and future. Lee died last week from complications from Covid. [The New York Times]

–“For nearly fifty years, New Yorkers never knew where they might run into (Corky) Lee and his camera… Most often, it was somewhere along Mott Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, where his photographs of everyday life helped generations of Chinese-Americans see themselves as part of a larger community.” [The New Yorker]

–Four suspects in the beating of a man near Canal and Allen streets have been arrested. More details about what led to the altercation are coming to light. [Channel 7]

–Inside a deli near Canal and Orchard streets, a customer hit an employee with a “wet floor” sign after he was told to lottery machine was closed for the night. [New York Post]

–The Supreme Court declines to hear Sheldon Silver’s latest appeal. [The New York Times]

–Bicyclists will no longer need to dodge oblivious tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge. The city is converting one car lane, creating a dedicated bike lane on the bridge. [Gothamist]

–Jordana Bermúdez is documenting the radical female and non-binary skateboarders of the Lower East Side. [CNN]

–A look at how the critically acclaimed restaurants, Contra and Wildair, have pivoted during Covid. [Eater]

–Recalling Pickle Alley on the Lower East Side. [Untapped New York]