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–More on International Center of Photography’s move to Essex Crossing. The venerable institution has struggled to attract museum visitors since opening on the Bowery. Visitorship has actually dropped from 165,000 in 2014 to 100,000 now. ICP execs are optimistic that reuniting the museum and school under one roof will further the goal of attracting a younger audience focused on digital storytelling. [New York Times]

–The new owners of Webster Hall will outline their renovation plans at an upcoming community board meeting. [EV Grieve]

–ESPN is taking 19,000 square feet for new studios at the South Street Seaport. [The Real Deal]

–A look at the District 1 City Council race. While Christopher Marte hammers Margaret Chin over her stance on the Elizabeth Street Garden, Chin says, “I was elected to make tough choices, and it might have cost me some votes – but it was the right thing to do.” [NY1]

–Elected officials with Puerto Rican roots, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, have been leading the charge against the Trump administration’s sluggish response to Hurricane Maria. [New York Times]

–A woman said she was groped by a Sudanese diplomat while at a bar on Third Avenue. The suspect fled but was later caught by police from the 9th Precinct. They were forced to let the man go, however, because he has diplomatic immunity. [Daily News]

–Passengers confront a man yelling racist slurs on the L Train, toss him off at Bedford Avenue and throw soup on him. [Daily News]

–Here’s the first part of Nightline’s new series, A Murder on Orchard Street.  [ABC News]

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