Lower East Side Links

–The city decided to lift the deed restriction at Rivington House following an appraisal that “valued the property at $65 million, about half the property’s sale price.” [Wall Street Journal]

–Local elected officials are quizzing the state health department about its role in the Rivington House debacle. [Crain’s]

–The special election in “Manhattan’s 65th Assembly District is a key indicator for the soul of New York City politics.” [AM New York]

–A look at whether the Working Families Party and its candidate, Yuh-Line Niou, have a realistic chance of capturing the assembly seat. [City & State]

–The governor says Sheldon Silver’s alleged affairs are just one more reason lawmakers should enact meaningful ethics reform. [State of Politics]

–The NYPD is looking into a tw0-year-old video that shows a cop apparently choking a woman during a traffic stop on Hester Street. [Daily News]

–Drake fans lined up to check out his Bowery pop-up. But where was Drake? [Billboard]

–A culinary tour of the Lower East Side [Bowery Boys]