Lower East Side Links

–The mayor says he had no involvement in the decision to fire the official in his administration who approved the lifting of deed restrictions at Rivington House. [Daily News]

–De Blasio didn’t seem to care for questions about the dismissal of Ricardo Morales, deputy commissioner of DCAS: “The mayor stood up and ended the news conference at the 114th Precinct station house in Queens as a reporter pressed for details, asking: ‘Why can’t you tell us why Ricardo Morales was fired?’ ‘I covered it. Thank you,’ de Blasio said, his back turned.”  [New York Post]

–Extell Development has sold about 100 of 800 apartments available at its gigantic Lower East Side highrise, One Manhattan Square. One real estate insider says: “I’ve never seen anything that large, and in an area in Manhattan that would be considered remote… This is a new location — an untested, unproven location — and they’re trying to build a community around it. It’s gutsy any way you slice it, no matter what the market is.” [Bloomberg]

–A look at what it costs to run a gallery in New York. On the Lower East Side, where many former Chelsea delaers have fled in recent years, rents are rapidly rising. [Artsy]

–Hate crimes have spiked 55% in New York City during the past year. [Politico New York]

–The next public workshop for the planning of the Lowline underground park takes place tonight at Grand Street Settlement. [The Lowline]

–Mondo NYC, the music and tech summit, will be back this coming fall and will be based at Rockwood Music Hall. [Brooklyn Vegan]

–Ryan Sutton awards Doyers Street newcomer Chinese Tuxedo two stars. [Eater]