Lower East Side Links

–Council member Margaret Chin’s office tried to warn the mayor’s team about the Rivington House mess in December, alerting “a liaison to the Council who works in the mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.” [Politico New York]

–More on the Allure Group’s denial to Community Board 3 that it had made a deal to sell Rivington House: “A spokeswoman for Allure declined to comment on allegations that the company lied to the community, but insisted it ‘followed all proper protocols” when it sold the building.'” [Daily News]

–The “mayor has been ignoring community boards quite a bit lately.” He “pushed (a rezoning) plan through, claiming that it was the only way to get hold of gentrification and rampant development in New York City and turn it into something useful. That’s just what didn’t happen here (at Rivington House).” [AM New York]

–Here’s an update on what the future might hold for the vacant lot next to First Park on 2nd Street. [EV Grieve]

–Lenny Kravitz will be designing the interiors at 75 Kenmare St. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Bernie Sanders’ socialist roots on the LES: His brother, Larry, “used to take Bernie to Manhattan’s Lower East Side to campaign against an urban renewal project that threatened to displace low-income residents.” [Jacobin]