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–Here’s yet another story on the Lower East Side luxury condo boom. Several new projects, brokers say, are attracting, “older and more established buyers such as Randall Wiston, an oral surgeon from White Plains, and his wife Dana, two empty-nesters drawn to a neighborhood once known for cheap rents.” They’re buying a 3-bedroom penthouse listed for more than $3.7 million in the building going up on the former Streit’s Matzo Factory site. [Wall Street Journal- subscription required]

–Ronnie Cho, a former staffer in the Obama White House, has entered the 2nd District City Council race. [NBC News]

–The off-duty traffic agent accused of drunk driving in last week’s fatal wreck on the Williamsburg Bridge was in court yesterday. Stefan Hoyte’s case will be presented to a grand jury. [Daily News]

–The case against Preet Bharara includes his failure to put Sheldon Silver in jail, in spite of winning a corruption conviction against the former Lower East Side power broker, says columnist Linda Stasi. [Daily News]

–A new club called E. Vil is coming to the East Village. [EV Grieve]

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