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–Tenants were offered buyouts by East Village landlord Raphel Toledano. Now the over-extended property owner is in financial trouble and those tenants have been left in the lurch. [New York Times]

–Activists at the local advocacy organization, CAAAV, say the city’s reluctant offer to entertain a rezoning of the Chinatown “core” is insufficient. They write, “Our communities will not settle for just the rezoning of the Core.” [City Limits]

–Olympic snowboarder Shaun White wants $2.8 million for his apartment at the “A Building” condo complex. The unit last sold for $2.9 million in 2014. The building was developed by Ben Shaoul and the Ascend Group, the firm behind the new project on the Bialystoker Nursing Home parcels. [The Real Deal]

–Holland Cotter suggests “10 galleries to visit on the Lower East Side right now.” In summing up the neighborhood’s transformation over several decades, he notes: “The 1980s art scene lasted just long enough to get the gentrification ball rolling and significantly alter the landscape, not least its ethnic mix. But after a lull, galleries are back, farther south, and lots of them. And a few historical traces of the rich culture of Loisaida hang on.” [New York Times]

–“Those seeking a primer on how to start a gallery could look to Bridget Donahue. Having opened on the Bowery just two years ago, she is — by any estimation — going gangbusters.” [New York Times]

–Katz’s Deli is an “all-day nearly all-through-the-night send-your-boy-a-salami pastrami tourist trap deluxe,” but a tourist trap that is “worth the hype.” [Tasting Table]

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