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Photo: Miriam Gross snapped a shot of the flag flying high above the 29th floor of the condo tower under construction alongside the former Bialystoker Nursing Home building. As we noted earlier this month, the flag went up prematurely. But it looks like construction crews have now topped off the building for real.

Here’s what caught our eye on the Lower East Side in the past week:

–Cops are looking for a suspect wanted for the assault and robbery of a 78-year-old man. The victim is a well known presence on Orchard Street, often seen collecting cans and minding his own business. A translator who spoke to the man in Mandarin explained, “He doesn’t believe it’s a racist thing… He just believes this guy is homeless and he needs money.” [Channel 7]

–Than Than Htwe, who came to this country three years ago to provide her son a brighter future, was killed in an attack in the Canal Street subway station. Her family is still waiting for justice. [The New York Times]

–As debate rages on about whether the city’s Open Streets initiative, meant to help restaurants navigate the pandemic, should become permamant, some local groups are fighting mad; “one neighborhood where opponents have been particularly vocal is the Lower East Side.” [The New York Times]

–Ali Smith, a Lower East Side mom, writes about the anxiety she feels as her son returns to the classroom in the era of Covid. [The New York Times]

–NYC bureaucrats have fenced off the area around the Allen Street bathhouse, “the city’s latest heavy-handed tactic in the summer-long battle against unhoused trans artist Nadja Rose.” [EV Grieve]

–This year’s San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy is is “another step toward normalcy as (New Yorkers and tourists) navigate some of the largest crowds packed into the city’s blocks since the pandemic began.” [The Washington Post]

–Telling the story of Irving Berlin, from his childhood on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side, to musical greatness and finally to life as a recluse by the time he died at the age of 101. [PBS News Hour]

–Freemans Sporting Club, the custom men’s clothing shop, is moving from Rivington Street to Rockefeller Center. [Yahoo!]

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