Lower East Side Links

Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village is expected to be sold for more than $5.3 billion to the Blackstone Group. This morning Mayor de Blasio will announce a deal to preserve 5,000 apartments (about half of the massive complex) as affordable housing for the next 20 years (NYT).

In the age-old battle between NYC and the rats, guess who’s winning? (Channel 7).

Photographer Frank Franca talks about his exhibition at 250 Bowery, where the International Center of Photography is moving. He says: “ICP is planning to embrace our community in a big way… (The new space) will include a cafe with indoor and outdoor sidewalk seating and a bookstore. There will also be a gallery… dedicated showing new contemporary works that push the limits of the newest technology and challenge the notion of what contemporary photo based work is about.” (EV Grieve)

Joe Sheftel is closing his Orchard Street gallery and heading west (Art News).

“A Marvelous Order” is an opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs (WQXR).

Moscot is opening a store in London (press release).