Lower East Side Links

14th Street site is primed for redevelopment.

14th Street site is primed for redevelopment.
14th Street site is primed for redevelopment.

–In the Sheldon Silver trial, the Times reports, Dr. Robert Taub, “was a witness of contrasts. He came across as authoritative and passionate about treating mesothelioma, his life’s pursuit… At the same time, he acknowledged, he initially lied to federal investigators when they knocked on his door one day at 6 a.m. in the summer of 2014 and confronted him about his referrals to Mr. Silver.”

–Today the Economic Development Corp. is putting out an RFP for the redevelopment of 124 East 14th St. Currently the city-owned site is leased by P.C. Richard & Son.

–Organic Avenue was born on the Lower East Side. The Times recounts how the once high-flying company came crashing down.

The Post says Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus is looking to rent out his apartment in the Seward Park Co-op.

–Having beat back a ballot measure in San Francisco, Airbnb is hoping to replicate its grass roots campaign in New York City, where the City Council is moving to curtail short-term apartment rentals. The company is creating 100 home-sharing clubs around the country, Politico New York reports.

EV Grieve reports that Hank Penza, owner of the Mars Bar, has died.

–The Daily News recalls the Bowery Savings Bank’s colorful past: “(Architect) Stanford White’s disreputable relationship with America’s original sex goddess got him shot dead a decade after the building opened in 1895.”