Lower East Side Links

Photo: Governor Kathy Hochul at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association headquarters on Mott Street. By Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor.

Some of the stories that caught our eye in the past week:

–Governor Kathy Hochul came to Chinatown to announce a $20 million grant to revitalize three public spaces, including the East Broadway Mall. [Gothamist]

–Community groups in Chinatown are opposing draft redistricting maps that would divide the neighborhood in proposed new state senate districts. [AM New York]

–The tabloids have discovered that there’s drug dealing in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. If there’s any news in this article, it appears to be that Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recently sent a letter to the Parks Department, urging the city administration to pay more attention and devote more resources to the park. [New York Post]

–Police arrested a man in New Jersey who they believe shot his pregnant wife in the neck during an argument inside an apartment at the Vladeck Houses. The woman was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. [New York Post]

–The death of a toddler in an apartment near Baruch Place has been ruled a homicide after drugs were found in his system. [Channel 11]

–The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner hung out at P.S. 20 on the Lower East Side as the DOE’s massive Covid vaccination program got underway for students. [The New Yorker]

–The Instagram-fueled brand Susan Alexandra opens its first retail store, a kitschy outpost on lower Orchard Street. [Refinery29]

–The city’s interactive map paints a scary picture when it comes to rat sightings on the lower East side! [Time Out]

–The Public Hotel keeps trying to gain some traction in the post-pandemic world with yet another nightlife destination, Bar Chrystie, which is meant to be a “jazzy cocktail lounge.” [Time Out]