Lower East Side Links

–The Real Deal reports the former Streit’s Matzo factory site on Rivington Street is being primed for a condo conversion.

–Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie reappointed two members of the state ethics panel originally appointed by Sheldon Silver. The Post notes that one of them, Marvin Jacob, is the brother of Heshy Jacob, manager of the East River and Hillman Houses. Heastie says Jacob will be transitioning off the panel.

–Writing in Gotham Gazette, City Council member Margaret Chin advocates for the legalization of youth hostels, which she sees as the right way to embrace the “sharing economy.”

–A hedge fund manager, a “bar hopper,” was forced to hand over his $26,000 watch during a robbery on 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue, reports the Daily News.

–Residents of the Jacob Riis Houses are relieved after a federal judge takes steps compelling NYCHA to fix its toxic mold problem. The Daily News reports a special master will be appointed to supervise the program.

The Jewish Week talks with Josh Waletzky, organizer of a Yiddish culture festival opening next week.