Lower East Side Links

–The New York Times reports that evictions in New York City were down 18% last year. The de Blasio administration says a $46 million investment in tenant legal services is a major reason why. Last year’s rent freeze is likely another contributing factor.

Gotham Gazette updates efforts to pass legislation imposing a 5 cent fee on plastic bags at grocery stores. Local Council member Margaret Chin is a lead sponsor.

–A new luxury movie theater, complete with a “chef driven dining concept,” is coming to the South Street Seaport, reports the Post.

–Here’s a final look at five longtime downtown businesses that closed or are about to close, via EV Grieve.

New York Business Journal profiles Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor.