Lower East Side Links

–Cops are looking for a dozen suspects — pickpockets who have targeted unsuspecting victims in Chinatown, reports the Post.

The Daily News reports that Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, Judy Rapfogel, left the state payroll as of January 13.

–Crain’s focus on the lunacy of New York’s scaffold law.

Next City has a look at new research detailing how gentrification impacts the residents of public housing. One of the developments examined was the Riis Houses on the Lower East Side.

The Forward reviews Ted Merwin’s “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli.”