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Photo: Friday evening on Canal Street, or as some might refer to this area, “Dimes Square.”

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

–City Council member Carlina Rivera joins the crowded field competing in the newly configured 10th Congressional District. [The City]

–Another candidate, State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, sees opportunity in the 10th Congressional District, which includes both Manhattan’s Chinatown and Sunset Park. [Politico]

–Vandals smashed statues at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. [CBS New York]

–What is Dimes Square?: “…a modest, somewhat shabby concrete triangle at Canal and Division… in Chinatown. You might not know that though if you read some of the breathless writing about the characters that populate this new micro-neighborhood.” Reporter Esther Wang interviews owners of Chinese-run businesses in the area, who have never heard of “Dimes Square,” but they’ve sure noticed what’s happening in the gentrified neighborhood. [Hell Gate]

–Another look at the grass roots groups making sure Asian seniors have the food they need during the pandemic and beyond: “What began as a way for young people to serve the communities close to their hearts has transformed Chinatown into a hub for true mutual aid.” [BonAppetit]

–On Tuesday evening the NYC Department of Transportation and the Chinatown BID will present at a Community Board 3 meeting a plan to close Doyers Street, turning it into a permanent pedestrian plaza. [Facebook]

–Other topics coming up at Community Board 3: a discussion of the city’s Open Streets Program and a proposal to renovate the Rivington Street playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. [CB3]

–Omakase bars are nororiously expensive but there are a few, including Gouie and Matsunori on the Lower East Side, where you can enjoy really good sushi for under $100. [Bloomberg]

–A William Klein retrospective opens at the International Center of Photography. [The New York Times]

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