Lower East Side Links

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is calling for a one-year freeze on liquor licenses in Inwood. The State Liquor Authority says it can only institute moratoriums county-wide, so the lawmaker is drafting state legislation to give them new powers to deal with specific problem areas. It’s a proposal that’s sure to be closely watched by Lower East Side activists battling nightlife proliferation (Post).

The City Council is weighing new regulations for the commuter van industry. The so-called “$1 vans” are a lifeline between Manhattan’s Chinatown and the Chinese communities in Brooklyn and Queens (Politico New York).

There’s a new push for passage of legislation mandating a 5 cent fee for plastic bags. Local Council member Margaret Chin is a lead sponsor (Post).

The governor is putting $41.6 million into the hands of state lawmakers to beef up security at 76 NYCHA developments. This is contrary to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to spend the money for roof repair (Daily News).

A burial vault at New York Marble Cemetery can be yours for $350,000 (New York Magazine).

A new exhibition of Jacob Riis photographs has opened at the Museum of the City of New York, 125 years after the legendary photojournalist “seared the Gilded Age public conscience with crude photographs of the Lower East Side tenements that revealed ‘How the Other Half Lives.'” (NYT).

The Wolfpack boys open their art show at Jeffrey Deitch’s Gallery (Vogue).