Lower East Side Links

–Happening Today: Community Board 3’s economic development committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Village View Community Room, 175 East 4th St. Board members will discuss drafting a statement making retail diversity a factor in the “public benefit” requirement of liquor licenses.

–The Metrograph, a new independent cinema on Ludlow Street, opens to the common people on Friday. It’s already been hosting VIP events this week. The creative team sat down for interviews with Indie Wire and Hyperallergic.

China Daily has more on China Vanke Co Ltd, the large real estate firm that has snatched up the former Rivington House nursing home for a luxury housing development. Kai-yan Lee, Vanke Holdings’ managing director said of the Lower East Side, “You see a lot of younger people moving into the neighborhood, generally improving the living conditions with more amenities such as hip restaurants and artisan-type stores.”

–After Barbara Shaum’s death last fall, her leather goods shop has now closed, reports EV Grieve.