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–A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Phased construction is expected to begin in East River Park next month. [The City]

–City Council member Carlina Rivera demands disciplinary action against a police officer who was seen during an incident in May kneeling on Donni Wright’s neck after he was observed allegedly violating social distancing guidelines. [AM New York]

–State Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou are proposing legislation that would offer  relief to struggling commercial tenants and tax breaks to landlords who work with them to lower rent. [Eater]

–The mayor says he did not turn his back on a Chinatown bakery owner, saying, “…nowadays, everyone wants to be offended by everything… It’s just not fair. That’s not what happened at all.” [Daily News]

–The city is dragging its feet on requests to utilize public space for outdoor learning. “On the Lower East Side, school administrators were told… that they would not get an answer for their plans to use space on public streets until late October — more than a month into fall.” [The City]

–The Lower East Side nonprofit, Vision Urbana, will be getting an upgraded food pantry facility in the NYCHA Seward Park Extension complex, thanks to funding from City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. [Channel 11]

–The owner of a Hester Street boutique is trying to do her part for voter registration. [Vogue]

–The operators of an East Village pandemic party spot are suing the State Liquor Authority after its liquor permit was revoked. [Gothamist]

–Russ & Daughters and Jake Gyllenhaal team up to help independent restaurants. [Forbes]

–The new Clinton Street restaurant, Omar’s Kitchen, is making the best of a bad situation through COVID-19. [Channel 7]

–The former Gem Spa space is now for rent. [EV Grieve]

–A message from the owners of B & H Dairy about the state of restaurants in this neighborhood and all over the city:  “B&H, like many, if not all restaurants, large or small, remains at risk of closing. That is a fact. Anyone who is under the impression that because a restaurant ‘open,’ all is ‘back to normal,’ is not grasping the reality of the pandemic and its consequences.” [Instagram]

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