Lower East Side Links

–U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez is taking on Chinatown landlord Joseph Betesh. [Daily News]

–The city’s health department plans to inspect all of Raphael Toledano’s buildings after elected officials raised concerns about toxic dust. [EV Grieve]

–A cigarette smuggling ring that used Chinatown buses has been broken up. [New York Post]

–A look at the condo conversion of the Anshei Meseritz Synagogue on East 6th Street as an example of a micro-trend. “As New York City’s property market becomes a safe-deposit box for the world’s one percent, luxury residential buildings have become commonplace across the city, including once-downtrodden areas like the Lower East Side.” [The Jewish Week]

–Nicole Eisenman, the “spectacularly talented, darkly hilarious New York artist” has a solo exhibition at the New Museum. [New Yorker]