Lower East Side Links

–The Times takes a look at consternation over the naming of the 15th story bar and restaurant at the Hotel Indigo after garden activist Adam Purple, who died in September. “By nearly any measure,” writes Colin Moynihan, “Mr. Purple — a dedicated ascetic who lived in an abandoned tenement, got water from a hydrant, read by candlelight and kept warm with a wood-burning stove — is an odd symbol for a 24-story hotel with ‘spalike bathrooms’ and a terrace swimming pool.”

–Even though she made it clear from the outset, Patricia Field continues to debunk the misperception that the closure of her Bowery store is part of the city’s gentrification narrative. Field tells the Times she could have stayed in operation indefinitely, but chose to move on with her life.

–Making Adam Platt’s “Where to Eat in 2016” list: Mission Chinese, Bar Goto, Rebelle, Wildair, Dirt Candy, Momofuku Ko, Russ & Daughters Cafe, Dimes, Pies & Thighs and El Rey.

The Forward checked in on the Yiddish New York Festival, which took place at several Lower East Side venues.