Lower East Side Links

Photo: East River Park.

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

–More on the East River Park reconstruction saga. City Comptroller Scott Stringer has sent documents for the main contractor back to the Department of Design and Construction to address a couple of issues, including whether more minority and women-owned firms can be hired as subcontractors. Opponents of the massive resiliency initiative say the latest development is a victory in their campaign to stop the project. [NY1]

–Police have identified a suspect in an attempted robbery at the Canal Street subway station that left a 58-year-old woman in a coma. Her family last week made the wrenching decision to remove her from life support. [Channel 7]

–An Asian woman was attacked outside a flower shop on Mulberry Street last Tuesday evening. [Channel 7]

–The developer of the 18-story Moxy Hotel at the corner of Bowery and Broome Street secures a $130 million construction loan. [Commercial Observer]

–Another take on Community Board 2’s advisory opinion rejecting the proposed Soho rezoning. [City Limits]

–Wegmans is replacing Kmart on Astor Place. [EV Grieve]

–A well-known sommelier has been charged in connection with several incidents in which outdoor dining structures at local restaurants were set on fire. [Eater]

–Community Board 3 takes a break in August, but the committee that reviews liquor licenses will meet on two nights this month. [CB3]

–The city cracks down on an East Village restaurant that planned a double decker outdoor dining shed after neighbors launched a Twitter rage-athon. [Curbed]