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Photo by Susan Levinson, January 5, 2022.

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

–Yao Pan Ma, a Chinese immigrant who was brutally attacked last spring while collecting cans in East Harlem, has died. He and his wife once lived in a Chinatown apartment, but were displaced by a fire. [ABC News]

–The rent battle over the beloved local restaurant Casa Adela has renewed discussion about the wisdom of commercial rent control and more financial resources for low-income co-ops like the one that houses the restaurant. [Next City]

–Vans with staff able to serve community residents in multiple languages are now providing Covid vaccinations at more than two dozen NYCHA developments on the Lower East Side. [Channel 11]

–The battle for the 65th Assembly District seat now held by Yuh-Line Niou is beginning to take shape. Niou recently announced she’s running for the State Senate. [The Village Sun]

–Community Board 3’s transportation committee will revisit on Tuesday evening the traffic situation at the intersection at Grand Street and Clinton streets. And the parks/waterfront committee will hear more about the plan for a floating swimming pool in the East River. [Community Board 3]

–Against all odds, the cheerleading squad at the Seward Park High School campus has made it to the national championships. But they need a little help getting there. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $26,000 for the big trip. [New York Post]

–A new sushi restaurant just opened behind a Japanese tavern on Ludlow Street. There are only eight seats for the $222 omakase menu and scoring a reservation will be next to impossible. [Bloomberg]

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