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–A new version of the 421-a tax subsidy drops a “community preference” provision, which set aside half of the affordable apartments in new projects for local residents. It’s unclear whether the city will continue to mandate the community preference rules on its own. [Crain’s]

–The Department of Investigation is looking into the de Blasio administration’s dealings with restaurant owner/campaign donor Harendra Singh. The attorney for a former city official says he hopes, “City Hall will not unlawfully interfere in the current DOI investigation, like it did with the last one,” meaning the Rivington House inquiry. [New York Post]

–Local activists are trying to keep the battle between the tenants of 83-85 Bowery and landlord Joesph Betesh in the public eye. [The Indypendent]

–“The battle on the Bowery is just part of a larger war currently playing out in a Chinatown being pressed on all sides by gentrification.” [Village Voice]

–Community Board 3 is out with the agenda for the August liquor licensing committee. [CB3]

–The newish Rivington Street restaurant, Hemlock, “bears a number of similarities to Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske’s super-popular Wildair a few blocks away, though there’s a bit less in the way of culinary acrobatics and more ad-libbing at this laid-back chef’s lair.” [Village Voice]

–Lower East Side Pickle Day is coming back Oct. 15. [PickleDayNYC]

–Revisiting Nathan Farb’s photographs from the “Other Summer of Love” in 1967 on the Lower east Side. [New York Times]

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