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–Mayor de Blasio came to the Lower East Side last night for a town hall meeting. We’ll have the full story later today. A few highlights: In response to complaints about traffic congestion at Clinton and Grand streets, the mayor instructed NYPD officials to place a traffic agent at the intersection as soon as today; De Blasio became testy when quizzed about Rivington House, and he said his administration is committed to replacing 200 beds lost due the loss of the onetime nursing facility; the mayor blamed the large-scale towers under review in the Two Bridges area on previous administrations and said there’s nothing that can be done to stop the projects. You can watch the full video from last night’s town hall here.

–“The mayor “stormed out of a town hall meeting (on the Lower East Side) just as the state legislature was about to adjourn for the summer without renewing mayoral control of New York City’s schools.” [New York Post]

–An affiliate of Shorenstein Properties purchased a 12-story rental building, 200 East 11th St., for $57 million. The property sold for the same amount in 2013, but the previous owner sold a retail condo in the building for $25 million a couple of years ago. [The Real Deal]

–After more than two decades, the Polish G.I. Deli on First Avenue is closing. [Eater]

–Council member Rosie Mendez’s legislation banning the use of wild animals in circus performances was approved. [Observer]

–More on the Tenement Museum’s new leader. [Tablet]

–Metropolitan Diary: Crossing Houston Street. [New York Times]

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