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Photo: Clinton Street, 2018/Mike Rucker.

Some of the stories that made news on the Lower East Side in the past week:

–Community Board 3’s transportation committee heard a proposal from the city’s Department of Transportation to potentially alleviate the traffic bottleneck at the intersection of Clinton and Grand streets. The city wants to prohibit right-hand turns from westbound Grand Street onto Clinton, diverting traffic headed for the Williamsburg Bridge to Norfolk Street. It also wants to create a protected bike lane between Pitt Street and Clinton Street and make it more difficult for trucks and other vehicles to use the Clinton Street bike lane as a loading zone. There will be more discussion and a vote on a resolution next month. [YouTube, Presentation]

–City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera talks with Brian Lehrer about a range of topics, including the reconstruction of East River Park and making the city’s Covid-era open streets permanent. [WNYC]

–The mayor vetoes legislation that would have levied steep fines on non-artist Soho loft-dwellers. Meanwhile, the larger Soho/Noho rezoning remains intact. [Gothamist]

–You’ve seen numerous local storefronts taken over by those venture capital-backed online grocery delivery businesses. Elected officials joined community activists on the Lower East Side to sound the alarm about the threat they pose to independently operated neighborhood bodegas. [AM New York]

–Remembering Rabbi Sy Dresner, who was born on the Lower East Side and became a close ally and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [JTA]

–The Boston bar legend, Brother Cleve, is part of the team opening Lullaby, a new cocktail spot in the former Nightcap space on Rivington Street. [The New York Times]

— “Is it a sequel? A ripoff? A replacement? A family feud?” Inquiring food bloggers want to know what’s going on with “New Spicy Village” on Eldridge Street, which offers almost the exact same menu as the celebrated hole-in-the-wall on Forsyth Street. [Gothamist]

–Rachel Uffner has made it through the Great Recession and the pandemic on the Lower East Side, but keeping her gallery alive through all of the twists and turns has not been easy. [Artnet]

–The little shop on East Houston Street, Amy & Navy Bags, is still plugging along, in part thanks to an unlikely social media campaign. [NY1]

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