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Photo: A new look on the Bowery as the Moxy Hotel nears completion.

–In the aftermath of two recent violent incidents in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, including the murder of a delivery worker, cops are stepping up their presence in the area. But community advocates say the city must invest in the park by activating shuttered spaces for the neighborhood. [Daily News]

–A judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking construction on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. [Channel 2]

–A key hearing takes place at the City Council this week on the contoversial Soho rezoning plan. [Council NYC]

–Meanwhile there’s a debate about the Soho proposal’s impact on Chinatown. [City & State]

–The Times’ Ginia Bellafante seizes on the story of Ludlow Street vintage store owner Ellen Koenigsberg, who has had it with outdoor dining sheds. Bellafante concludes, “What might work on the Boulevard St.-Germain — or on Madison Avenue — will not necessarily succeed on the Lower East Side, where crowded tenement living at the turn of the 19th century sparked public-health crises for decades. Untamed nightlife shouldn’t be the reason for more.” [The New York Times]

–It’s not your imagination. There really are more rats in New York City than in the recent past. Covid is one factor. Climate change is another. [The New York Times]

–SantaCon is, unfortunately, making a comeback. [New York Post]

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