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–The latest on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which is set to begin later this spring. [NY1]

–As you can probably tell by construction noise echoing through the neighborhood, excavation is well under way for two new towers on the grave of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [New York Yimby]

–Checking in on Chinatown Block Watch, which was created one year ago. [Curbed]

–A heartfelt conversation with the local students who created The Dragon Kids podcast and have been dealing with anti-Asian hatred on an all-too frequent basis. [NPR]

–Shots rang out on Ludlow Street last week and a 23-year old man was shot in the leg. [Channel 7]

–The Pyramid Club is yet another pandemic casualty. [EV Grieve]

–While restaurants are now allowed to fill their dining rooms to 50% capacity, it’s not a magic bullet for many struggling eating establishments. Jay Lue of Thailicious says business has not really improved because the restaurant is so dependent on college students, tourists and office workers, who have not yet returned; “It’s like a ghost town, like not people walking around here. So it’s very hard for us.” [NPR]

–But some entrepreneurs aren’t scared away by the economic hard times. One restaurant group has opened two new spots on the Lower East Side. [New York Post]

–Chinatown’s Abacus Federal Savings Bank has survived many crises, the most recent of which are the pandemic and rising anti-Asian violence and harassment. [Next City]

–Plans are underway for a night market at Forsyth Plaza. [Bedford & Bowery]

–A look at the latest battle to rezone Soho, and the continuing debates around neighborhood character, the lack of affordable housing and lack of diversity. [The New York Times]

–A stylish pop-up housewares shop has opened on Ludlow Street. [Vogue]

–High praise for Fat Choi, the Chinese vegan spot on Broome Street. [Eater]

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