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Photo: Labor Day morning exercises in East River Park.

Lower East Side news and notes:

–The federal monitor overseeing NYCHA has opened an investigation following the discovery of arsenic in the water at the Riis Houses. “The turmoil at Riis began behind the scenes Thursday when NYCHA management received a report from the vendor it had hired to retest Riis’ water that detected traces of arsenic in the tap water. But the authority did not tell the public or tenants at Riis about it until late Friday, and only after THE CITY began asking questions about it Friday afternoon.” [The City]

–“It was 8:15 p.m. on a steamy Saturday night on the Lower East Side, and every table on Canal Street outside of Clandestino was occupied and buzzing.” So begins the Times’ take on, “The Final Days of New York’s ‘Wild West’ Outdoor Dining Scene.” In truth, some version of the type of curbside dining that took hold during the pandemic is sure to endure, but new regulations will likely be implemented. [The New York Times]

–A look at 222 East Broadway from every angle, as exterior work draws to a conclusion on the luxury condo tower next to the former Bialystoker Nursing Home building. [New York YIMBY]

–Inside the fight to save Theatre 80. [Gothamist]

–Community Board 3’s September meeting agendas. Notable topics include a request for more time to persuade the city there should be a new public school at Essex Crossing (Sept. 8), a new bus stop location on Chrystie Street near Hester Street (Sept. 13), the renovation of the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center (Sept. 15) and an informational update on the rebuilding plans for the 70 Mulberry St. community facility. [CB3]

–A visit to Gugu Room, the Filipino-Japanese restaurant on Orchard Street, where the chef, Mark Manaloto, explains, “We wanted to bring Filipino night life to the Lower East Side… Good dinner and party afterward.” [The New Yorker]

–The actor and Lower East Side resident Jeff Hiller of the HBO show, “Somebody Somewhere,” runs through some of his neighborhood facvorites, including Kossar’s, Doughnut Plant, Jajaja and Dirt Candy. [Barron’s]

–In search of the origins of the egg cream, which can possibly be found – where else – on the Lower East Side. [Tasting Table]

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