Lower East Side Links

–After reports of damage to neighboring buildings, the city halts construction at Extell’s “One Manhattan Square,” reports the Real Deal.

–Sheldon Silver’s lawyers will fight a federal judge’s decision to release secret documents, reports Newsday.

–Council member Brad Lander comes to the defense of his colleague, Margaret Chin, blasting the New York Post’s “hatchet-job attack” on her over fees paid to an environmental advocacy organization.

–Bedford & Bowery reports that the vacant Chase Bank branch on 2nd Avenue will be demolished.

–Trash & Vaudville’s last day on St. Mark’s Place before moving will be Sunday, notes EV Grieve.

In the Daily News, screenwriter J.I. Baker says so long to the St. Mark’s Bookshop.

–Mr. Purple, the bar in the Hotel Indigo, is on the New York Times’ nightlife beat. “Follow any trend to its exhausted end,” writes Ben Dietrick, “and you may end up at Mr. Purple… It’s the kind of place where buzzwords like ‘reclaimed wood,’ ‘small-batch spirits’ and ‘regionally brewed craft beer’ feel like PowerPoint concepts introduced in a focus group.”