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A cold day on Pike Street, with the Manhattan Bridge in the distance.

In the news this past week:

–JDS Development Group was dealt a setback in its plan for a mega-tower in the Two Bridges area after losing an appeal in New York supreme court. The legal case centers around the claims of another property owner – 247 Cherry/Little Cherry LLC – which has not given its consent for the project. [The Real Deal]

–A man who went on a racist, anti-Chinese rant at a Lower East Side laundromat and stabbed a worker faces eight years in prison. [PIX 11]

–The bodies of a 56-year-old man and his 91-year-old mother were found in a Lower East Side apartment. Cops said they hadn’t been heard from since the middle of October. [New York Post]

–Meet Cierra Britton, who opened a Lower East Side gallery this fall to champion the works of women of color. [Artsy]

–The cookbook author and James Beard awardee Grace Young has donated $20,000 to support two Chinatown businesses and launched a social media campaign to help struggling independent businesses overcome the after-effects of the pandemic and the devastating impacts of AAPI hate. [CBS New York]

–There’s a new push to make sure Ray’s Candy Store can stay open. [NY1]

–Catching up with Scarr Pimentel, who runs, “the coolest slice joint in New York City.” He’s about to open a larger location across the street on Orchard and turn the original pizza shop into a sushi restaurant. [Grub Street]

–A new club featuring house and electronic music, Virgo, has just opened at 342 Grand St. [Thrillist]

–One of the partners behind the Filipino-Japanese spot, Gugu Room, plans to open a sushi restaurant on Ludlow Street. [What Now]

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