–Get this. Longtime Williamsburg gallery Pierogi is fleeing Brooklyn for the Lower East Side because its former creative environs have gone mainstream. Gallerist Joe Amrhein tells Brooklyn Paper: “(The LES) has become a more interesting location for galleries that take chances and are interesting in that sense… (To) be a part of that is really wonderful.”
—Gotham Gazette looks at zoning proposals that could help save small businesses.
–State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Governor Cuomo agreed last year on legislation 82.98% of the time. That makes the Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn lawmaker more simpatico with Cuomo than any other member of the legislature, reports Politico New York.
–In City & State, Wayne Barrett explores the connections among Sheldon Silver, New York’s former chief judge and a “mysterious power broker.”
–ICYMI: In the Jewish Daily Forward, local writer Laurie Gwen Shapiro tells the story of her Lower East Side family. It’s the first installment of a new oral history project.
—The Times previews two dance festivals opening on the Lower East Side this week.