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Photo: The Market Line reopened this week at Essex Crossing, finally emerging after months of drastically reduced operations due to the pandemic.

This week’s Lower East Side news headlines:

–Sara D. Roosevelt Park has always been a haven for the homeless, even more so now in the aftermath of the pandemic. “Dubbed the guardian angel of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Brian Bennett watches over the area’s have-nots, knowing all too well what it is like to be living on the streets himself.” [AM New York]

–City Council members Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera release a statement criticizing the city’s handling of the proposed Soho rezoning: “While there has unfortunately been a fair share of fear-mongering and disrespect shown during the discussion, the outright disregard of groups like Cooper Square Committee and NoHo Bowery Stakeholders from DCP is incredibly troubling.” [The Daily News]

–The Board of Elections finally releases certified results from the democratic primary, showing a convincing win for Chris Marte in the District 1 City Council race. In the final 8th round of ranked choice voting, he had 10,785 votes (60.5%) to 7,054 for Jenny Low (39.5). [NYC Board of Elections]

–Victoria Lo founded Chinatown Runners to help support the AAPI community: “The best part of [the runs] is bringing people into neighborhoods that they might run by and not through… [I encourage] people to get to know, not just the streets and the routes they’re running through, but the people and communities that live within them.” [Channel 4]

–The inventive Lower East Side restaurant, Golden Diner, launches an online fundraiser after a fire forced the Madison Street spot to close temporarily. [Grub Street]

–The acclaimed chef, Chikara Sono, is opening two restaurants on Ludlow Street, a Japanese izakaya called BBF and a more formal space, Kappo Sono, an eight seat omakase. [Eater]

–Gaia Italian Cafe is resurfacing at 119 Essex St. [EV Grieve]

–Shakespeare in the Parking Lot returns to the Lower East Side with, “The Two Noble Kinsmen.” which debuted in Bryant Park. [The New York Times]

–From a Lower East Side tenement to the Borscht Belt and beyond: remembering comedian Jackie Mason, who has died at the age of 93. [The Washington Post]

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