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Photo: The new tower next to the former Bialystoker Nursing Home is going up, up, up.

In the news this week:

–Minerva Chin, a well-known member of the Chinatown community, speaks out after she was attacked during an incident on Mulberry Street last month. While authorities have not classified the attack as a hate crime, Chin says, “I consider it a hate crime because he obviously saw I was Asian before striking… I wanted to come back to the scene of the crime to reclaim my street.” [Channel 7]

–What the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on New York’s eviction moratorium means for tenants. State Sen. Brian Kavanagh says the prospect of many tenants having to crowd into housing court poses a public health threat. “There are hundreds of thousands of households that are now in danger: And it’s not just a danger to those households. It’s a danger to all of us.” [City Limits]

–Local State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou believes Andrew Cuomo should face impeachment even though he’s resigning, saying, “It’s about accountability. It’s really important that we don’t allow him to continue his abuse elsewhere. We have to make sure that he can’t hold office again.” [The New York Times]

–Opinion: The city has been studying how to make Canal Street safer for long enough. It’s now time for action. [Streetsblog]

–The Public Hotel became the first New York City hotel to announce it would begin requiring guests to show proof of vaccination. [Travelmarket Report]

–The International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC runs through tonight, with several avennts taking place at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center. [The New York Times]

–The International Center of Photography appoints a new executive director who will be tasked with navigating the perilous path out of the pandemic. [Artforum]

–How Josh Russ Tupper of Russ & Daughters spends his Sundays. Although he lives in Jackson Heights, Tupper makes the rounds on the Lower East Side to both Russ & Daughters’ Orchard Street cafe and East Houston Street retail store, and sometimes stops by Lucien for a drink. The Times notes, “He and his co-owner, Niki Russ Federman, who are first cousins, hope to reopen all of the locations fully at some point and are in the process of rehiring staff.” [The New York Times]

–Frank Ocean opens an appointment only shop innside the Jewelers Exchange in Chinatown. [Pitchfork]

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