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

–A 19-year-old woman talks about a terrifying incident in which she was attacked and stabbed in the Delancey Street subway station. [CBS New York]

–The owners of Essex Crossing refinance the mega-project with a new $466 million loan. It will help, “provide capital to complete the leasing program for the balance of the office and market line space as well as the other outstanding common area commitments made to the city.” Only one of three sections of the Market Line have been opened while much of the office and retail space at Essex Crossing remains vacant. [Real Estate Weekly]

–Three Lower East Side residential buildings –  102 Norfolk Street, 177 Ludlow Street and 99 Allen Street – change hands in a $35 million transaction. Gaia Real Estate, the new owner, is pursuing a strategy of snapping up, “properties hit hardest by the pandemic — those with lower asking prices and leases still locked in at Covid rates — and wait for rents to rise.” [The Real Deal]

–According to court records, Sheldon Silver’s wife is, “petitioning the Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan to be named ‘temporary administrator’ of an estate estimated to be worth $2.675 million, because the one-time Democratic powerbroker died in federal custody in January at the age of 77 without leaving a will.” [New York Post]

–Seen on video: several guys running on top of the J Train as it made its way from the Lower East Side to Williamsburg. An NYPD sergeant said: “We don’t recommend that individuals ride on top of the subway train.” [New York Post]

–Almost a decade after the idea was first proposed, it looks like Beastie Boys Square is about to become a reality on a Lower East Side street corner. [Gothamist]

–A few more details about the food and beverage offerings at Nine Orchard, the luxe hotel in the Lower East Side’s Jarmulowsky Bank Building. The Corner Bar and the Lobby Lounge are already open. [The New York Times]

–Good luck getting into Attaboy on Eldridge Street this summer. It’s just been named the best bar in North America. [Time Out]

–“A saloon for the downtown fashion set;” The River on Bayard Street. [The New York Times]

–Henry Winkler caused quite a stir when he walked into Katz’s Deli recently. It’s been one of his go-to spots since the 1970s. [Thrillist]

–How playwright Alvin Eng spends his Sundays: “We trek up Worth Street to Chinatown. For me, present, past and future resonate vividly and viscerally during these walks. What I love about Chinatown now, compared with when I was a kid, is that there’s so much art and culture mixed in with all the great restaurants and groceries.” [The New York Times]

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