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In the news in the past week:

–A housing lottery has launched for The Suffolk, the 31-story tower built on the site of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue, which burned down in an arson fire in 2017. 25% of the 378 rental apartments are classified as affordable. There are 76 units available at 40% and 50% of Area Median Income and 19 apartments at 100% of Area Median Income. [NYC Housing Connect]

–The Archdiocese of New York will close Immaculate Conception School. [Our Town]

–Submissions have been extended for an art installation at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to memorialize the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground. [Hyperallergic]

–LaMama, the legendary Lower East Side theater, reopens after a $24 million renovation. [PIX 11]

–The squash court at Hamilton Fish Park has been demolished. [EV Grieve]

–Ariel Palitz, the so-called nightlife mayor, is stepping down from her role with the city. [Time Out]

–“Pat in the City:” The Lower East Side-based fashion designer Patricia Field is out with a new memoir. [New York Post]

–“Make Me Famous” is a new documentary about Edward Brezinski, an “artist kicking around the Bowery… (during the) scuzzy glory days of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s.” [The Guardian]

–A former Kim’s video clerk has for the past year been running, “Paradise of Replica,” a vinyl shop on Grand Street featuring rare albums. [The Vinyl Factory]

–The winners of the Gotham Book Prize, recognizing works written about New York City, will be announced at an event at P&T Knitwear on Orchard Street this coming spring. The awards were created by Howard Wolfson and Bradley Tusk, the venture capitalist behind the Lower East Side bookstore and creative space. [Time Out]

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