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–An 81-year-old man, Gen Zhan, was struck and killed by an FDNY ambulance at 14th Street and 2nd Avenue. [Daily News]

–The mayor says he’s no longer in contact with lobbyist James Capalino, who has been tied to the Rivington House scandal. A spokesperson for Capalino says his team still interacts with lower level administration officials on a regular basis; “Our firm has never relied on direct interaction with any of the five mayors who have held office since the firm was founded more than 30 years ago.” [Politico New York]

–Ben Lillie plans to open the Idea Distillery in the old Living Theatre space on Clinton Street. He says “I wanted a space where we could host events in what I’m calling intellectual nightlife — a place where people can go have drinks with their friends, have food, and hear talks on history or conversations about literature.” [DNA Info]

–Art dealer and collector Stefan Simchowitz criticizes Lisa Cooley, who announced this week the closure of her Lower East Side gallery. [Artnet]

–“Original New York punker” Harley Flanagan looks back on his life, including those formative early years on the Lower East Side. [New York Times]

–Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz is also walking down memory lane, recalling CBGB’s glory days and hanging out in the old neighborhood. “We lived at 195 Chrystie St., 3¹/₂ blocks from CBGB. It was rough, man, it was rough. No hot water, no shower, the bathroom in the hall we had to share with all these sweaty guys.” [New York Post]

–The Museum of the City of New York is showcasing striking 1970s images by Leland Bobbé, including many from Chinatown and the Bowery. [Curbed]

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