Lower East Side Links

Photo by The Lo-Down: Summer in the city! The Division Street triangle is hopping. 

Some of the stories that caught our eye on the Lower East Side in the past week:

–A second round of ranked choice ballots showed Chris Marte with a commanding lead in the District 1 City Council race, virtually assuring him of becoming Lower Manhattan’s new representative at City Hall. [City & State]

–Who will be th next City Council speaker? Here’s an update on the top contenders, including local Council member Carlina Rivera. [Gotham Gazette]

–Another look at the city’s plans to build affordable senior housing at the Elizabeth Street Garden. The death of Allen Reiver, the quirky Soho resident intent on stopping the project, seems to have created even more uncertainty around the controversial proposal. [The New York Times]

–Will lower rents lure retailers and shoppers back to Soho? The real estate industry is pinning its hopes on a potential rezoning. [The City]

–Ronan Farrow settles in at his condo at Essex Crossing. “exploring the resuscitating Lower East Side that’s very young and kind of straight and fratty,” and foraging for the smelliest smoked fish he can find at the Essex Market. [The New York Times]

–The cocktail bar, Double Chicken Please, opens up its back bar with an expanded menu. [Eater]

–How “Manhattan’s most promising new soccer team” came to life with the help of one of Chinatown’s buzziest restaurant’s, Dr. Clark. [Grub Street]

–Shakespeare in the Parking Lot returns to the Lower East Side [Event Website]