Lower East Side Links

–A passenger stole a taxi cab early Sunday morning at Grand and Essex streets, took off in the direction of Battery Park City and then crashed into a Lexus on Chambers Street. Three people suffered minor injuries. [Channel 7]

–Legislation was approved in Albany making it illegal to advertise whole apartments on Airbnb and similar websites. The measure was touted by its sponsors as a tool to protect affordable housing, while critics say lawmakers caved to New York’s real estate and hotel industries. [Gothamist]

–Restaurants will have to wait about two months before they can start serving alcohol prior to noon on Sundays. [AP]

–The Dorian Grey Gallery, an important venue for street artists, is closing its East 9th street location. [EV Grieve]

–A look at the upcoming expansion of Katz’s Deli in Brooklyn. [CNBC]