Morning Reads: Fireworks Return to East Side, Rapfogel Relief Fund, Streit’s on Sunday Morning

The mayor is bringing the Fourth of July fireworks show back to the East River (Daily News).

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community have set a goal of raising $3 million in support of William Rapfogel, who’s accused in an elaborate embezzlement scheme (Daily News).

Stanley Cohen says he’s ending “this particular witch hunt.” The liberal attorney who has handled many Lower East Side cases is going to prison (NYT).

“A veritable shantytown” inside the Manhattan Bridge (Post).

The Howl Festival has been postponed (EV Grieve).

Pre-Passover, Streit’s has its Sunday Morning moment (CBS).

Ben Brantley is taken with Richard Maxwell’s “Isolde” at Abrons Arts Center (NYT).

The original Max Fish is no more; Sweet Chick plans to open at 178 Ludlow St. on May 7.

Photos: Sweet Chick Moves into Former Max Fish Space

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Essex Crossing Developers File Pre-Demolition Documents For Former Fire Station at 185 Broome St.

Good Morning!

Signs of spring in Corlears Hook Park.

Signs of spring in Corlears Hook Park.

Another beautiful spring day with a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 71.

Happy Passover – the first Seder  takes place tonight.



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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of Manny Cantor Center

Plant-Based Cuisine Pops Up; Young’s Restaurant is a Work in Progress

An April pop-up dinner at the Bowery Station sold out  both nights.

Young’s set up shop at The Old Bowery Station in March; it returns May 1-3.

One night last month, eager diners jostled for space at a hot new Lower East Side restaurant called Young’s. The frenzied chef stirred hot sauce pans while supervising the dessert prep nearby. The maitre d’ welcomed guests at the front door, answering rapid-fire questions from the waitstaff and soothing a couple who wanted a different table at the same time. Bloggers clicked their phone cameras, Tweeting and Instagramming.

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Morning Reads: Senior Rent Freeze Proposal, SPURA & the Jews, Amar’e Stoudemire Scores For Henry Street

Council member Margaret Chin introduces legislation that would freeze the rent of more seniors (Crain’s).

The Republican co-chair of the governor’s disbanded ethics panel fumes about its demise, complaining that Sheldon Silver had  “the audacity to call the Moreland Commission a fishing expedition.” (Capital).

What role did Jews really play in blocking the redevelopment of SPURA? Activist Sam Stein offers a history lesson (Zeek/The Forward).

A local resident would really like someone to fix those street lights on East Houston (EV Grieve).

Amar’e Stoudemire paid $17,000 at an auction benefiting Henry Street Settlement for a visit to a winery in France (Post).

Good Morning!

A view of the Seward Park Library and the cooperatives from the top of the Manny Cantor Center.

A view of the Seward Park Library and the cooperatives from the top of the Manny Cantor Center.

We’ll see a few showers today with a high of 67. Partly cloudy tomorrow and 65. Sunday, partly cloudy with a high of 62.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Morning Reads: NYCHA Wants Senior Downsizing, “Die In” on Grand Street, Pearl Paint Building

NYCHA is threatening thousands of seniors with eviction if they refuse to move to smaller apartments (Daily News).

Gary Barnett is angling for a Pathmark site in East Harlem in a move that sounds rather familiar on the Lower East Side (Daily News).

“Chalk-outlined protesters lay on the sidewalk draped with signs bearing a blood-red hand and the hash tag #KilledByAlbany during a ‘die-in’ on Grand Street in Manhattan, across from state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s home.” (Daily News)

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez says the Republican budget proposal would cost New Yorkers jobs (NY1).

Pearl Paint’s building is listed for sale (Daily News).

An effort to save “A Gathering of Tribes” has failed (EV Grieve).

On one winter night, the diverse crowd at “Leave Rochelle Out of It,” included “lithe gay men in cardigans and their female model friends in much less, singing alongside bearded bros to Guns n’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” (NYT)

Good Morning!

Essex Street. Photo by Benjamin Nava.

Essex Street. Photo by Benjamin Nava.

Sunny skies today with a high of 59.

Lots of interesting stuff on our Calendar this week. Check it out here.