Lower East Side Links

–Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer tells Real Estate Weekly she intends to make 2016 the “Year of the Mom-and-Pop.” But nine months after she proposed voluntary mediation for commercial lease renewals, the legislation has gone nowhere in the City Council. “It’s definitely imminent.,” said Brewer. “Robert Cornegy, the chair of the small businesses committee, has been trying to carve out the best possible bill.”

We broke the story yesterday that the city has decided to offer permanent protection for the Siempre Verde Community Garden on Stanton Street and 33 other NYC gardens. Politico New York has more details about the plan, which includes building affordable housing on nine garden sites in other neighborhoods.

–Here’s the next chapter in the saga over the former P.S. 64 building on East 10th Street: The Real Deal reports that, “Investors in the long-stalled redevelopment (project) are trying to force the building’s sale, claiming partner (Gregg Singer) is bleeding them dry to line his own pockets with management fees worth $30,000 per month.”

The Jewish Week reports that a construction worker found marble tablets inside a building uptown that belonged to a defunct synagogue on East 6th Street.

The Jewish Journal takes a look at a new memoir by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Here is a yeshiva boy from New York’s Lower East Side,” the publication explains, “who grows up to become one of the world’s most influential Jews, thanks to a special brew of smarts, chutzpah, faith and humor.”

–The city’s municipal ID card now includes free one-year memberships at the New Museum and Museum of Chinese in America, Epoch Times notes.

Stereogum has video of Ryan Adams sitting in with Jesse Malin at Bowery Ballroom.