Lower East Side Links

The Elizabeth Street Garden is anything but tranquil these days, having “turned into something of a hornet’s nest, pitting advocates of open space against those of affordable housing for older adults.” (NYT)

216 Bowery, another development site hits the market (Commercial Observer).

Overshadowing the Pope’s visit to New York: Catholic Church closures. Here’s a look at community reaction from the former parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church, a center of religious life for Chinatown’s Fujianese population (NBC News).

And on 2nd Avenue, activists from Nativity Church continue to protest the closure of their parish (National Catholic Reporter).

At P.S. 15, there’s an alarming rate of homelessness. A new study will look at how the lack of a permanent home impacts school performance (Chalkbeat).

Brookhill Properties launches a “chocolate offensive” in the East Village (EV Grieve).