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Photo: Rendering of mega-towers proposed in Two Bridges area.

News headlines from the Lower East Side in the past week:

–The Chetrit Group secures a $70 million loan for the acquisition of 260 South St. where it will wedge two massive towers, 64 and 70 stories tall, into a lot in the Two Bridges area. This is the site formerly owned by L+M Development and the CIM Group. The towers will inclide 1,300 apartments. [Commercial Observer]

–A man who was shot in the chest in an incident near Madison and Montgomery streets, managed to drive himself to the hospital. He was listed in critical condition. [AM New York]

–There has been an outpouring of support for radio host Nachum Segal in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed his Grand Street studio. [The Times of Israel]

–Vitalii Desiatnychenko, who is from Kyiv, Ukraine, talks about what it’s like these days at Veselka, where he’s helping manage the huge crowds and outpouring of support. [CNBC]

–Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, the fourth generation owners of Russ & Daughters, have made a deal with Time Studios for a scripted series about the famous appetizing store. In a statement, they said, “The story of Russ & Daughters – and the constellation of characters that make up our delicious world – spans over a century and is about perseverance, family, community and connection.” [Deadline]

–Lucy Yu, who opened Yu and Me Books in Chinatown a few months ago says, “Especially with the hate crimes that were going on, I wanted to do things for communities that look like me – immigrant communities. Something that makes them feel a little less alone, a little less scared in the world.” [The Guardian]

–Pete Wells: “…Uncle Lou is meant as a kind of love letter to its neighborhood. I am tempted to call it a Chinatown restaurant about Chinatown restaurants, but that makes it sound ironic and effortful when it is sincere and unforced.” [The New York Times]

–Forlini’s, the old school Italian restaurant in Chinatown, is now closed. Forlini’s opened in 1956. [Eater]

–Hannah Goldfield finds a lot to love at Ernesto’s, “an oasis of a dining room on a fairly desolate block” of the Lower East Side. [The New Yorker]

–Matthew Gasda seems to have an underground hit on his hands with latest play, “Dimes Square,” which has found an audience intrigued by his depiction of, “the micro scene (in the area around Canal and Division streets) filled with skaters, artists, models, writers and telegenic 20-somethings who didn’t appear to have jobs at all.” [The New York Times]

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