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–“The Bernie Madoff of Landlords” pleads guilty. “But highlighting a lack of laws targeting bad landlords, none of the criminal charges is related to (Steve) Croman’s treatment of tenants. The victims in these felonies — the banks, essentially — have been mum about the charges.” [New York Times]

–A tenant living in one of Croman’s Lower East Side buildings calls him a “predator.” [Channel 11]

–The mayor’s grand vision for school diversity turns out not to be so grand. His plan does establish a “stakeholder engagement process” in districts where school integration efforts are already underway. The Lower East Side’s District 1 has been working on such a proposal. [Chalkbeat]

–There’s a deal in Albany on State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s proposal for speedier trials. [WNYC]

–City officials headed to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center yesterday to declare “American Association of Independent Music Day.” There have been some tentative steps to bolster New York’s music industry through the NYC Office of Media & Entertainment. [Billboard]

–Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel open this week. [Eater]

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