Lower East Side Links

–At the same time city officials were lifting a deed restriction at Rivington House last November, they were making a similar move at a building in Harlem. “Neighbors who learned about the change after the fact feared that the lot, owned by the Dance Theater of Harlem, would soon end up in the hands of developers. What they did not know, at that point, was that a developer who made a financial contribution to one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political causes was already in contract to buy the property. The developer, BRP Companies, closed on the sale last month for $3.1 million.” [New York Times]

–L+M Development (one of the Essex Crossing developers) bought a 79-unit apartment building at 342 East 8th St. from BFC Partners (also an Essex Crossing developer). L+M has dramtically increased its Lower East Side presence in recent years. [Real Deal]

–The MTA promises it will boost bus service to compensate for the shutdown of the L Train. [Daily News]

–A guy was shot in the butt at the Baruch Houses and then hopped a train to Inwood. Really? [New York Post]

–Here’s why a local photographer opened an anti-Jeremy Scott exhibit on Ludlow Street. [Complex]