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Some of this week’s news headlines:

–Incoming Lower Manhattan City Council member Chris Marte says his top priority will be pushing through the Chinatown Working Group plan, a sweeping rezoning proposal that was rejected by the de Blasio administration. [AM New York]

–Kindergarten applications open with a broader push for more diverse schools, an initiative that started in the Lower East Side’s District 1. [Chalkbeat]

–An ad from the 1970s triggers memories of the long-gone Kosher Chinese restaurant, Bernstein on Essex. [The Jerusalem Post]

–Jing Fong, once Chinatown’s largest restaurant, finally reopens in a much smaller space on Centre Street. [Eater]

–Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? That might not be how the owners of Spicy Village see it. [Eater]

–The Hannah Traore Gallery will open in January on the Lower East Side, focusing on artists from marginalized communities. [The Art Newspaper]

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