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–Here’s a profile of Yuh-Line Niou, who’s poised to become Lower Manhattan’s new state assembly member in next month’s general election. In an interview, she described a primary campaign intended to ruin her credibility as an Asian American candidate and as a woman. Niou said: “They don’t ever say that it’s because I’m a woman, that they are questioning me on whether or not I’m qualified, they always say it’s my age… You are too this or too that… When you are a young woman or a young woman of color, and you’re faced with a lot of these issues every single day. It’s very easy to start internalizing more and more of it.’” [Voice of America]

–A new grant program is being announced today to help small businesses prepare for Superstorm Sandy-like disasters. [New York Post]

–Residents of Red Square, the rental complex on East Houston St., finally received written notice from their new property owners. There’s a plan to change the name of the building and to renovate the property. As you’ll probably remember, a statue of Lenin was removed from the roof of Red Square a few weeks ago. [EV Grieve]

–The School of Visual Arts dorm building has been refinanced with a $71 million loan. [Real Deal]

-The Chinatown Art Brigade spells out its plan to resist gentrification. [Hyperallergic]

–Someone stole $3,000 in cash from a room safe at the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street. [DNA Info]

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