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–The City Council has finally scheduled a hearing on the Rivington House debacle for Sept. 29. [Daily News]

–The state health department will investigate whether some residents were improperly discharged from Rivington House. [WNYC]

–The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe is planning a $10.9 million expansion of its East 3rd Street home “Daniel Gallant, the organization’s executive director, said the project will help meet increased demand by artists and audiences at a time when affordable performance space in lower Manhattan is in short supply. The cafe’s build-out will also accommodate its growing arts-education programs for underprivileged students and give the organization more flexibility in programming.” [Wall Street Journal]

–A Brooklyn man will be sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in smuggling firearms into New York City on Chinatown buses. [Daily News]

–The NYPD is warning bar patrons about a pickpocket scheme on the Lower east Side. Three well-dressed suspects have hit The delancey, The Late Late and Fools Gold. [Eater]

–“Christodora,” the new novel by Tim Murphy, uses the upscale building on the edge of Tompkins Square Park to tell the story of “three generations of a family… working or living… through the East Village’s tumultuous changes, as AIDS, drugs and eventually gentrification roil the neighborhood. [New York Times]

Happening Today: The six candidates competing in this month’s Democratic Primary in the 65th Assembly District take part in a forum on environmental and sustainability issues this evening. It’s sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. It begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the community room at Southbridge Towers. There will be a livestream of the event on Facebook. More info here.

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