Lower East Side Links

–A local resident known as the “box man” was found dead in an apartment on 1st Avenue and 2nd Street. Customers at a restaurant on the ground floor had been complaining of a “foul odor.” [Daily News]

–There’s a protest on East 11th Street today in response to a hotel developer’s plan to demolish several “landmark eligible 19th century” buildings. [EV Grieve]

–Rivington House continues to dog New York’s beleaguered mayor: “A bureaucratic procedure gone wrong has turned out to be a major headache for Mayor Bill de Blasio that refuses to go away.” [Gotham Gazette]

–The governor’s plan to revive a version of the 421a affordable housing tax credit is not being warmly received. [Daily News]

–Gerardo Gonzalez of El Rey is preparing to open Lalo in the former Winnie’s space in Chinatown. [Grub Street]

–Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, writes in his memoir about growing up on the Lower East Side. “The people and places I first encountered on” the Lower East Side’s “bustling streets did not just form a backdrop to my childhood; they shaped my view of the world and my place in it. Every decision I’ve made, every project I’ve undertaken, can be traced back to those endearing characters on Cannon, Columbia, Grand, Delancey, Essex, and Henry streets.” [Tablet]

Happening Today: Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 59 East 4th St. Among the liquor permit applications to be considered: A proposal to add a full bar at Pizza a Casa, the Grand Street pizza-making school; a pitch from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at 177 Ludlow St.; and expansions of Speedy Romo and Bar Goto.