Lower East Side Links

–Douglas Steiner (of Steiner Studios) is building an 82-unit luxury condo project on the former Mary Help of Christians church site on East 12th Street, reports Commercial Observer.

The Daily News reports there has been a lot of interest in new micro-apartments created in Kips Bay. It’s expected to be a hot trend in the next few years.

–Whole Foods will pay $500,000 to the city after it was caught overcharging customers, CBS News reports.

Gothamist reports the first free Wi-Fi kiosk was installed on 3rd Avenue near 15th Street.

–The owner of The Wayland want to open a neighborhood bar on Avenue C, reports EV Grieve.

Bedford & Bowery reviews the history of the Essex Street Market.