Morning Reads: Alleged Eldridge Street Hate Crime, Baruch Singer’s Big Pay Day, St. Mark’s Bookshop New Home

A man from Mexico has been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime after slashing the face of another man at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street (Daily News).

Developer Ben Shaoul says he’s a “victim of circumstances.” (Real Deal)

Lower East Side-based property owner Baruch Singer sells an 84-building portfolio uptown for $340 million (Real Deal).

Gas stations vanish as developers, including some on the Lower East Side, covet valuable land (WSJ).

Daniel Squadron continues to talk up his proposal to make park funding more equitable, an idea Bill de Blasio has endorsed (New Yorker).

St. Mark’s Bookshop plans a fundraiser before making the move to Avenue A (EV Grieve).

Tache Artisan Chocolate on Broome Street: “a gathering place for the neighborhood’s diverse characters.” (NYT)

Lower East Side clothing designer Robert James opens another Brooklyn store (WWD).