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–Jesse Malin predicts very few NYC nightlife venues will survive COVID-19 without government intervention: “We need real financial help from the federal government, like they just did in Britain with the $2 billion dollar bailout. The government needs to acknowledge that the arts are essential to our culture, community and growth.” [Rolling Stone]

–A co-owner of Beverly’s, the tiny Essex Street bar, talks about the reasons for closing the space as the COVID-19 crisis drags on. [Bedford & Bowery]

–Residents have been complaining about a growing homeless encampment on Monroe Street. [NY1]

–Real estate developer Jeffrey Wu files for bankruptcy, throwing the fate of several properties into question, including a commercial condo housing Hong Kong Supermarket on Elizabeth Street. [The Real Deal]

–Activists in Chinatown are cheering a short-term victory in their battle to stop a new jail complex, as the city’s financial woes force a postponement of funding to close Rikers Island. [Sing Tao Daily via City Limits]

–More virtual meetings are ahead from Community Board 3 next week. On Tuesday, staff from the Department of Transportation will answer questions about the new rules regarding outdoor dining. And on Thursday, there will be discussion at the Parks/Waterfront committee about the use of the Basketball City as a taxi staging area. [CB3]

–As restaurants fight for survival, new spots are still opening. Robert Sietsema visits Public Village on Essex Street, which is showcasing Dongbei and Sichuan cuisine. [Eater]

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