Lower East Side Links

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Missing Person: Houzhi Guo.


–The prosecution has rested its case in the Sheldon Silver federal corruption trial. The defense will not call any witnesses. In court yesterday, the Times reports, “Mr. Silver rose, and Judge (Valerie) Caproni addressed him, saying that he had the right to testify and that the decision was ultimately his alone to make. Mr. Silver said he understood, and then the judge asked if he wanted to testify. In a barely audible voice, he replied, “I do not wish to testify.” Closing arguments will take place Monday; no court session today or tomorrow.

–Mayor de Blasio backs away from his previous strong support of Sheldon Silver, the Daily News reports.

–Chinatown-based hotel developer John Lam led a delegation to China to drum up interest from investors in the New York City market. Lam already has 28 hotels in the city, reports Commercial Observer.

EV Grieve revisits the dangerous intersection of East Houston Street and Clinton Street, where there was another accident this past weekend.

–Annie Polland of the Tenement Museum has occasion to focus on her own family’s immigrant story.

Brooklyn Vegan says Adele is playing Joe’s Pub tomorrow before appearing on Saturday Night Live the next day.

–From Notify NYC: The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Houzhi Guo, a 78-year-old Asian male. He is described as being 5’5″, 115lbs. Mr. Guo was last seen on 11/18/15 at approximately 3:00 PM in the area of Monroe Street and Market Street in Manhattan. He is visiting from China and speaks only Cantonese Chinese. He was last seen wearing black pants, a yellow jacket and grey sneakers.  If seen, call 9-1-1. See photo above.