Morning Reads: Ebola Preps at Downtown Hospital, Luxury Tenement Conversions, Crowdfunding Rikers Inmate

New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital says its ready to deal with ebola (Tribeca Trib). Developers are in an “arms race” to transform tenements on the …

Morning Reads: Light “Hit & Run” Penalty, McEnroe Duped in Drug Deal, R Bar Closes

The district attorney has decided to let a driver off with a $250 fine in connection with the intentional hit and run of a cyclist …

Morning Reads: Landlord/Tenant Wars, “Don’t Assault Your Cab Driver” Signs, Dufresne Thankful For LES Years

Chinatown and the  Lower East Side figure prominently in this in-depth piece on the escalating war between tenants and landlords (Village Voice).

Surprise, surprise. Sheldon …

Morning Reads: Stuy Town Arrest, Rayuela Closed For Now, CMJ 2014 Debuts

A 26-year old man has been arrested in connection with an attempted rape in Stuy Town (Channel 2).

Rayuela, the Latin restaurant on Allen Street, …

Morning Reads: “The General” Closes, Sharing the Wealth (or Not), Raves For “Lippy” at Abrons

The EMM Group closes “The General” on the Bowery (Eater).

The wealthy Central Park Conservancy has launched a program to help poor parks but has …

Morning Reads: Tenant Blacklists, Penny Arcade at Joe’s Pub, Haunted House Tour

Tenant advocates are increasingly concerned about “blacklists” property owners are purchasing that detail people with cases in housing court (NYT).

A court rules that a …

Morning Reads: Airbnb Battle, Post Swoons at LES Real Estate, Gavin Brown’s New Space

The state Attorney General says three-quarters of Airbnb listings are illegal (NYT).

Luxury real estate developments on the Lower Side are making the Post “swoon.” …

Morning Reads: Success Charter Outrage, Chinatown Bus Shootout, NYU Expansion Ruling

Elected officials criticize the SUNY Board for approving a plan from Success Academy charter school to relocate to the Lower East Side or Upper West …

Morning Reads: Mission Chinese Rat Feud, Upstate Murders: Chinatown Connection?, Saving Small Businesses

Danny Bowien’s landlord at the original Mission Chinese on Orchard Street files a counter-lawsuit, saying the star chef was responsible for attracting rodents (Post).

Authorities …

Morning Reads: Affordable Apartment Rule Change, Ludlow Street’s New Reality, More From the Lowline Anti-Gala

The state is going to let property owners sell their market rate rental apartments if they commit to permanently preserving affordable units (NYT).

Ludlow Street …

Morning Reads: DCKT Contemporary is Closing, Worst Landlords, Chatting With Andre Balazs

DCKT Contemporary, the gallery at 21 Orchard St., is closing later this month (Artnet).

The public advocate releases a new “worst landlords” list (Observer).

The …

Morning Reads: IBM Watson’s Big Day, Park Spending Details, LES Restaurateur’s Design Sense

IBM Watson, boasting a workforce of 600, opens its new Astor Place headquarters today (NY Business Journal).

Police look for a bank robber who has …

Morning Reads: Funding For Poor Parks, Samuel Dickstein, “Gotham’s” Chinatown Vibe

Today the mayor announces an initiative to funnel $130 million into small parks in low income neighborhoods.  One park mentioned in news reports is Luther …

Morning Reads: Chinatown’s Underground Employment Brokers, Bank Robbery, Free Coffee

A look at the underground restaurant employment system centered in New York’s Chinatown (New Yorker).

Cops are looking for a suspect who robbed a Chase …

Morning Reads: Falun Gong Threats, New CBGB Search, Breaking the Fast

Practitioners of Falun Gong in Seward Park say they are facing threats and intimidation (Epoch Times).

Fans of Yaffa Cafe mourn the loss of  another …