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Lower East Side news items that caught our eye in the past week:

–Bill de Blasio bows out of the race for the 10th Congressional District after polling poorly. But was his campaign really just a ploy to retire his debts? [The City]

–The candidates competing in the Democratic Primary in the newly formed 10th Congressional District participated in a forum focused on climate and environmental issues. [Gotham Gazette]

–The mayor celebrated the completion of the second storm gate as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, a 79-foot look barrier in Asser Levy Playground. [Yahoo!News/Daily News]

–More details about the transformation of Doyers Street into a fulltime pedestrian plaza. [Streetsblog]

–“I’ll Have What She’s Having,” an exhibition on the rise of the Jewish Deli from the streets of the Lower East Side to become a “national culinary institution,” has been a big hit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. It’s coming to New York in the fall. [The New York Times]

–A new ceramic exhibition at a Lower East Side gallery explores the connection between the Chinese and Jewish communities living side-by-side in Lower Manhattan. [Savour]

–A show at Chinatown Soup by the artist Alexander Si took on gentrification and tried to shrine a light on the, “invisible labor force behind large corporate chain stores” by creating a fake Sweetgreen store on Orchard Street. [Gothamist]

–Meet Jerron Herman, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a young child and was undeterred from becoming a dancer. He’s an artist in residence at the Abrons Arts Center. [NY1]

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