Wednesday News Links

A NYPD cruiser pursuing a white Cadillac jumped the curb on Avenue D and 5th Street yesterday afternoon, injuring 9 people. Five pedestrians (including a baby) and the driver and a passenger in the Cadillac were taken to Bellevue Hospital. The two officers in the police car were also hospitalized. Apparently none of the injuries was serious. A police spokesman said the officers were responding to a colleague who they thought needed assistance.

Uncharted territory: due to the State Senate's inaction, Mayor Bloomberg has lost control of the city's schools. Now what? No one knows.

Grand Street News details State Senator Daniel Squadron's bill to allow residential permit parking (BTW thanks to GSN for talking up The Lo-Down)!

Eater has the scoop on the shuttering of Le Pere Pinard on Ludlow Street.

Frank Bruni dines on the Lower East Side, discovering that, on weekends, it's a party scene:

More and more there’s a meatpacking-district loudness and rowdiness to
the circulating throngs, and it made me wonder if some of the
restaurants that set up shop here years ago chose the wrong area—or,
rather, are hurt by the direction in which the area evolved. It feels
less edgy and more like an all-purpose, indiscriminate party scene than
it used to.

He mentions specifically WD-50 and Falai. On the upside he loved the restaurant, Peasant on Elizabeth Street. The downside: it's not really in the Lower East Side. Our upside: Peasant's sister restaurant, Bacaro (on Division Street), is just as good and it is, in fact, in the neighborhood.

Finally, we mentioned this a few days ago, but now it has the air of legitimacy only Twitter can provide:

From RPATTZGPS: WEDNESDAY 6am-9pm CONFIRMED Remember Me (the Robert Patterson film) at Orchard St. btw Broome & Grand on lower east side