Lower East Side Links

–The Stanton Street Shul is facing criticism for hosting an event this coming weekend intended to welcome gay Jews as part of the Orthodox community. [The Jewish Press]

–A profile of 26-year-old Raphael Toledano, one of the neighborhood’s biggest and most controversial landlords. [The Real Deal]

–Off-duty firefighter Michael Shepherd is honored for his heroism during the 2nd Avenue explosion and fire. [Newsday]

–The mayor’s promise to create a more open city government has fallen short. When it comes to supplying public records in a timely manner, this failure is especially glaring. [Politico New York]

–At Participant, Lia Gangitano cultivates a “vibrant gallery scene that seems to reject the antiseptically academic atmosphere pervading much of the avant-garde art world.” [New York Times]