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Photo: A splash of color at First Park, courtesy of Joel Raskin.

News headlines that caught our eye in the past week:

–The city administration is now saying that a testing error led an outside lab to conclude that potentially dangerous levels of arsenic were in the water at the Riis Houses. This revelation came days after news broke about the potential contamination, which created a huge amount of fear among residents at the NYCHA complex. [The New York Times]

–But serious reservations remain about water safety. NYCHA has been flushing out the taps for several hours before conducting new tests, raising questions about the accuracy of water sample readings. There are also concerns that bacteria in the water at Riis could potentially create a risk for Legionnaires’ Disease. [The City]

–Yuh-Line Niou decides against challenging Dan Goldman in November, clearing the way for the moderate Democrat in the general election for New York District 10. Niou said, “We are conceding the primary, and I will not be on the (Working Families Party) line for the general.” [The New York Times]

–A look at the proposed designs for the new East River amphitheater. [EV Grieve]

–James Fuentes, who was closely associated with the Lower East Side ascendance as an art gallery district, is making the move to Tribeca. He’ll eventually close his Delancey Street gallery, but shows will continue there until the lease expires in about a year. [Art News]

–To the relief of many, Great New York Noodletown finally reopens. [Grub Street]

–“Dimes Square, Post-Shark-Jump,” as new spots Le Dive, the sushi bar Time and the Corner Bar at the swanky new hotel, Nine Orchard, redefine the over-hyped scene. [The New Yorker]

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