Lower East Side Links

–The 7th Precinct is concerned about a man who has been targeting women on the Lower East Side, DNA Info reports. One recent attack happened after an 88-year-old woman visited the Western Union on Essex Street.

Real Estate Weekly profiles Essex Crossing, the big development project now underway on the Seward Park urban renewal site. One real estate insider speculates that the project will not touch off a wave of development, in part, due to anti-gentrification forces in the neighborhood.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the search for a new leader at Cooper Union, noting that debates about a return to a “no tuition model” are sure to reopen “old wounds.”

–A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of an ailing elderly man after his landlord shut down an apartment building elevator for five months, notes the Daily News.

Channel 4 checked in on last night’s tenant meeting at the Grand Street Guild, where building managers got an earful about dangerous elevators. A 25-year-old man was crushed by an elevator in one of the Guild’s buildings on New Year’s Eve.