News Links Midday Reads: In Defense of de Blasio’s Housing Hire, Preservation Debate, Mikvah History December 30, 2013 FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinReddIt Some supporters argue Bill de Blasio’s new deputy mayor for economic development is the right woman to stabilize NYC’s affordable housing (Crain’s). Preservationists and real estate developers renew their debate over landmarking (Curbed). Shocker: a would-be Republican candidate for governor wants to make Shelly Silver a campaign issue (Daily News). Where to eat now? A few Lower East Side spots — including Cata, Mission Cantina, Pearl & Ash and Skal — make New York Magazine’s annual list (NYM). Recounting the history of the East Broadway building housing the neighborhood’s last mikvah (Bedford & Bowery). Lawsuit watch: former lady Gaga hangers-on may be going to court (Hollywood.com).