Lower East Side Links

–“Mayor de Blasio lies again about info kept from investigators in Rivington House probe,” reads the Friday headline in the Daily News. After the mayor asserted on WNYC Radio that his administration had handed over a key memo, the newspaper publishes a version of that memo which was almost completely whited out. [Daily News]

–Editorial: The mayor’s excuses on Rivington House are ridiculous. [Daily News]

–A “small-format” Target store is coming to Extell Development’s 14th Street mixed-use project. [Real Deal]

–Extell is finally closing on a $600 million construction loan for its 80-story One Manhattan Square project in the Two Bridges area. The firm has struggled to line up financing. [Real Deal]

–Transportation experts doubt that the city’s new ferry service (which will include Lower East Side service) can be financially viable in the long term. [City Limits]

–Architects/developers make their pitch for the luxury condos replacing Streit’s Matzo Factory. “…Even though the old structure will be torn down, its history will survive in one form—sort of, and mostly for those who can afford to buy in the new condo. The lobby will be adorned with photographs that will take you through a timeline of the factory’s history, Charlie Kaplan, a principal at Gluck+, (said). That might not be the most satisfactory response for locals… but Kaplan believes that the charm of the building lay not in the structure itself, but in the goings on inside, and the mechanics of it all.” [Curbed]

Happening Today: City Comptroller Scott Stringer releases his Rivington House report. We’ll have details this afternoon.

Happening This Week: Two noteworthy openings this week on the Lower East Side. Gohan, a restaurant specializing in Japanese home cooking, debuts tonight at 14 Orchard St. It’s brought to you by the teams behind Lovely Day and Ni Japanese Deli. Tomorrow, Top Hops to Go opens in the Essex Street Market. More to come on both of these new arrivals.