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Photo: Allen Street Mall.

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

–A developer has filed plans to build a 10-story residential tower over 75 Essex St., a 4-story building from 1890. Preservationists had hoped to designate the property as a city landmark several years ago but it didn’t happen. [The Real Deal]

–A NYU student was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on East Houston Street. The driver was arrested. [New York Post]

–Tompkins Square Park continues to be a focal point of the mayor’s push to dismantle homeless encampments and activists’ efforts to oppose his tactics. [The New York Times]

–City Council member Chris Marte proposes legislation that would keep bilingual street signs in Chinatown. [AM New York]

–Remembering Marcus Leatherdale, “who made classical portraits of Manhattan’s demimonde in the 1980s — Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Sydney Biddle Barrows, otherwise known as the Mayflower Madam, all made their way to his Lower East Side studio.” [The New York Times]

–At NADA’s spring art show on the Lower East Side, more than 120 galleries and nonprofit organizations step back into public view, celebrating “work (that) ranges from scruffy, comic and irreverent to smartly polished.” [The New York Times]

–The team behind Wayla on Forsyth Street opens a new Thai spot, Wan Wan, dedicated to the cuisine of Phuket. [Thrillist]

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