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Photo: Oh, Friedman’s we hardly got to know you. First an Italian ice purveyor, now a chicken spot take over the dormant restaurant space at 359 Grand St.

Lower East Side news and notes:

–“Dimes Square Gets the Hotel It Deserves.” Andrew Rifkin gives the Times a tour of his new play thing, Nine Orchard, where rooms start at $475 per night, but “he remained somewhat tight-lipped on the subject of gentrification.” [The New York Times]

–A cheat sheet on the battle for New York 10 from a national point of view, a congressional campaign that, “has attracted a crowded primary field that encapsulates the generational, racial and ideological divisions of the modern Democratic Party.” [Axios]

–Where did the NY-10 candidates spend the first part of the pandemic? [Politico]

–Cops are searching for two men in connection with a double murder that they believe was part of a Lower East Side-based gang feud. [New York Post]

–A quiet month for Community Board 3 but members will still be slogging through a number of liquor license applications. [CB3]

–Russ & Daughters Cafe, which closed at the beginning of the pandemic, has now reopened. The Lower East Side appetizing institution has been through numerous citywide calamities in its more than 108 years in operation, which gave the family-run business the strength to ride out Coronavirus. [Gothamist]

–The editor-in-chief of the Forward makes a pilgrimage to the Jewish Daily Forward Building on East Broadway, where condos now sell for millions of dollars. [The Forward]

–A company called Immersive Gamebox is bringing the Squid Game experience to 88 Essex St. [Hollywood Reporter]

–If you’re establishing a gallery on the Lower East Side, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to give architect Koray Duman a call. [Artsy]

–The Seward Park cheerleading squad is looking for a little help. [GoFundMe]

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