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Lower East Side Pies ‘n’ Thighs is Closing

The Lower East Side outpost of Pies ‘n’ Thighs is calling it quits. Co-owner Carolyn Bane told Eater that the restaurant specializing in fried …

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Retail Space at 180 Orchard St. Sold For $25 Million

180 Orchard St.

The vacant retail shops connected to the Hotel Indigo have been sold for $25.25 million. According to records filed with the …

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Lower East Side Links

–The mayor rejects a report showing that systemic failures within his administration caused the Rivington House fiasco. He said yesterday, ““It was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened. It will not happen again… I don’t see anything systemic in it. I don’t see anything untoward in it. I think it was a situation where something got missed.” [Daily News]

–The State Attorney General has gone to court in an effort to stop the Allure Group from buying a nursing home in Harlem. The Allure Group, of course, is the firm that sold Rivington House to luxury condo developers. [The Real Deal]

–In explaining the move, an assistant AG said, “The Allure Group’s direct involvement in the demise of the Rivington House home raises sufficient concern about the proposed purchasers’ suitability and fitness.” [New York Post]

–Federal prosecutors say Sheldon Silver should not remain free while his appeal winds its way through the courts. [AP via ABC News]

–Puck Fair and the BP gas station on Lafayette Street have now been demolished to make room for an 80,000 sf office and retail complex. [EV Grieve]

–The de Blasio administration said it’s ahead of schedule, having created or preserved about 53,000 units of affordable housing. [New York Times]

–A profile of Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America. [Forbes]

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Did you catch the rainbow after last night’s storm? Lots of TLD readers did. Here’s the view over the Forward Building, courtesy of Jeremy Bolger. | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 95. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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“Pre-Applications” Show 2100 Apartments, 1.7 Million sf Coming to Two Bridges Area

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Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request reveal preliminary plans for two new …

Lower East Side Links

–The MTA is announcing today that it will completely shut the L Train tunnel for a year-and-a-half  beginning in January 2019. [New York Times]

–Opinion: Mark Peters of the Department of Investigation is a “watch dog without a bark” in the Rivington House scandal. [Daily News]

–A look at the legacy of Heshy Jacob and what his recent death means for the Lower East Side’s Jewish community. [The Forward]

–The two-story building next to the Bowery/Houston mural wall has finally revealed itself. [EV Grieve]

–Reminder: The Lowline’s Community Engagement Committee meets tonight. More info here.

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City, Community Leaders Begin Chinatown Rezoning Talks

Years after an unprecedented neighborhood preservation effort got underway, city planning officials, Community Board 3 and local elected officials have finally begun talks about …

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essex crossing/grand street

Monday, July 25, 2016 | Joel Raskin took this photo on Grand Street. On the left, that’s the rapidly rising mixed-use building on Essex Crossing site 5. | Weather: Cloudy skies this morning, tunderstorms this afternoon and a high of 94. | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault of Unconscious Woman

Police have arrested a suspect in the attempted rape of a young woman on the Lower East Side early Wednesday morning.

Cops circulated surveillance …

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Cops Search For Suspect in Attempted Rape

Police are looking for a suspect wanted in the attempted rape of a woman on the Lower East Side Wednesday morning.

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Lower East Side Links

–Cops arrested a guy “peering into parked cars at the corner of Grand and Ludlow streets with a gun, burglary tools and a crack pipe in his possession.” [DNA Info]

–Police are looking for a suspect who tried to rape a 21-year-old woman Wednesday near Stanton and Suffolk streets. She was apparently “in and out of consciousness” during the attack. [New York Post]

–City Comptroller Scott Stringer says he’ll go public with the results of his Rivington House investigation very soon. [Observer]

–There are some new details about the new venue opening in the former Nevada Smiths space. Actor Adrian Grenier is apparently a partner. [EV Grieve]

–The food media can’t get enough of Franco Noriega, Baby Brasa’s chef/model. [Tasting Table]

–Former directors of Lower East Side galleries Louis B. James, On Stellar Rays and Dodge Gallery are opening a new spot on Eldridge Street in September. [Art News]

–Holland Cotter reviews the New Museum’s new exhibition. [New York Times]