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–The F Train tunnel will need to be shut down for Hurricane Sandy-related repairs. That has residents in the Two Bridges area especially worried, since four massive residential buildings in-the-works will place a heavy burden on Lower East Side public transit. [DNA Info]

–History lesson: From slum to SPURA to Essex Crossing. [Curbed]

–New York’s police commissioner says his department will not be cooperating with Donald Trump’s deportation orders. [Daily News]

–COLORS, a new dining spot set to open on Stanton Street in late March, is at the center of the sanctuary restaurant movement. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Ost Cafe on Avenue A is closing. A Facebook message read, “The East Village (the commoditized version of it that is controlled by the Real Estate industry) is moving on up, and they seem to have forgotten to set any place at the table for small businesses. The City of New York is complicit in this change, cheering from the sidelines for more, bigger, taller, and pocketing the tax revenue.” Ost’s Lower East Side location on Grand Street is still “going strong,” the owners report. [EV Grieve]

–Public, the well-regarded Elizabeth Street restaurant, is closing. [New York Times]

–The patriarch of Xi’an Famous Foods has a habit of opening restaurants without telling anyone, including his son. [Eater]

–State Sen. Daniel Squadron reveals his favorite Chinatown dumpling spots. [Tasting Table]

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