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–The Related Companies has made a deal worth more than $400 million to buy Lands End II, the large Section 8 buildings in the Two Bridges area. The current owners, L+M Development Partners and the CIM Group, will apparently hold on to an adjacent development site for a controversial large-scale residential project that’s been in the works for years. [The Real Deal]

–The developers of 66 Clinton St., a so-called “affordable luxury” condo project, have secured $17 million for construction financing. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Essex Crossing developers have been trying unsuccessfully for years to lease office space in two buildings on Delancey Street. Their latest selling point: “pandemic-era touches.” [Forbes]

–Police say gun traffickers are continuing to use intercity buses bound for Chinatown to transport illegal firearms into the city. [World Journal via City Limits]

–The push continues to name part of St. Mark’s Place for Jimmy Webb. [EV Grieve]

–You have until Feb. 1 to apply to become a member of your local community board. [MCB Forms]

–Lower East Side-based singer Jill Fiore has turned her Essex Street fire escape into a makeshift urban stage. [NY1]

–Lower East Side history: Mayor La Guardia’s war on pushcarts. [Bowery Boys]

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