Lower East Side Links

–The Daily News reports that an 88-year-old woman was the victim of a mugging Monday on Suffolk Street. The suspect stole the woman’s purse and $500.

–If you’re a regular customer of Russ & Daughters, you know General Manager Herman Vargas. DNA Info tells the story of his 100-year-old mother’s last wish: a meal for her entire village in the Dominican Republic.

The Observer reports that attorney Arthur Schwartz is challenging Assembly member Deborah Glick, saying she’s too close to Sheldon Silver.

The Times looks at the legacy of New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, who was raised on the Lower East Side and is a lifelong pal of Sheldon Silver. Lippman faces mandatory retirement and is leaving the bench.

–What are the top food neighborhoods of 2015? Eater surveys food writers and bloggers, many of whom are loving the Lower East Side and the East Village.

–Mamoun’s Falafel is on the move, but the restaurant is not going far on St. Marks Place, EV Grieve reports.