Lower East Side Links

–A 23-year-old man has been charged with murdering his great-grandmother at the Lillian Wald Houses on East 4th Street. Cops caught Gary Bias as he was fleeing across the Williamsburg Bridge. [Daily News]

–The New York International Fringe Festival has decided to skip 2017.  “Elena K. Holy, FringeNYC’s producing artistic director and one of its founders, said that the hiatus isn’t prompted by a financial crisis or executive burnout at an organization so lean that she is one of just two full-time employees. Rather, she said in an interview Thursday afternoon in the funky garden behind her East Village office, it’s about something more elusive and fundamental: carving out the time to ponder — to completely reconsider what the festival needs to be instead of racing headlong, as usual, into preparations for the next year.” [New York Times]

–There are a host of unanswered questions following the City Council’s Rivington House hearing. [Gotham Gazette]

–The 2016 Douglas Elliman/Knight Frank Wealth Report says the “Lower East Side is suddenly hot” and the “new darling of luxury developers.” [New York Post]

–Photos: Bob Estremera captures the historic buildings of the Lower East Side. [6sqft]