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Here are some of the Lower East Side stories that caught our eye in the past week:

–Ten years ago, Private Danny Chen died of a self-inflicted gunshot would while serving in Afghanistan. Over the weekend in Chinatown, friends and family gathered to remember Danny. They say it’s especially important now — with violent incidents against Asians on the rise — to recall the racially motivated abuse Danny experienced in the military. [NY1]

–The editorial board of The Daily News thinks protesters should leave the Museum of Chinese in America alone. [Daily News]

–Tenants with disabilities fight back against their landlord, who is accused of failing to maintain their building on Forsyth Street. [Channel 2]

–State Sen. Brian Kavanagh faces a challenge from the left; socialist Alana Sivin will take on the Lower Manhattan lawmaker and Senate housing committee chair in next year’s election cycle. [City & State]

–Inside Heart of Dinner, the initiative to combat food insecurity among Asian seniors in Chinatown. [ABC News]

–Subway artist Devon Rodriguez lived with his grandmother in the Bronx. Then he became a TikTok star with 20 million followers and he realized a dream of moving to the Lower East Side. [The New York Times]

–Todd Haynes pays tribute to Lou Reed and John Cale’s pioneering Lower East Side band in his new documentary, Velvet Underground. [Daily Beast]

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