Happening Today + Lower East Side Links

–At 11 a.m., New York City District Attorney Cy Vance will make a “major announcement” regarding last year’s tragic 2nd Avenue explosion. The news conference will be streamed live here.

Community Board 3’s Parks Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at the BRC Senior Center, 30 Delancey St. Agenda items include: A plan to turn a vacant comfort station on Allen Street into a food service operation. A Request for Proposals will soon be issued.

–City & State sums up yesterday’s City Council hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s controversial proposal known as “Zoning for Quality & Affordability.”

The Real Deal publishes the final installment of its interviews with real estate insiders about the luxury transformation of the Lower East Side.

Fusion looks at the Jewish socialist movement on the Lower East Side, which “paved the way for Bernie Sanders.”

–How the other half lives: The Financial Times highlights the exhibition of Jacob Riis photographs now on display at the Museum of the City of New York.