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Photo: East River Park, April 15, 2023.

In the news this past week:

–The latest potential environmental scare at the Riis Houses: contaminated soil. [WPIX 11]

–Vital Climbing Gym signs a lease for a 45,000 square foot space on three floors of Essex Crossing. [Commercial Observer]

–Remembering Leonard Abrams, the founder of the East Village Eye, “a community newspaper dripping with attitude that captured in newsprint the do-it-yourself post-punk ethos that ignited the explosion of groundbreaking art, music and fashion in downtown Manhattan in the 1980s.” [The New York Times]

–Another look at a story five generations in the making. A new book chronicles the history of the Chin family at 37 Mott St. [New York Post]

–Rita Indiana brings her new show, Tu nombre verdadero,” to the Clemente’s Flamboyán Theater. [The New York Times]

–The celebrated Indian restaurant, Dhamaka, is closed until Tuesday for a face lift. When it reopens, the menu will be almost entirely new. [Eater]

–Cheeky Sandwiches has found a new home. The quirky New Orleans-style sandwich shop is headed for the Essex Market. [Instagram]

–Williamsburg’s Thief Bar is opening a second location at 161 Ludlow St. Upon entering, guests will be, “greeted by an aesthetic mixture of grit and nostalgia. Graffiti murals, gallery walls filled with photography circa the ’80s in New York City…” [Thrillist]

–How Adir Michaeli became the “high priest of babka.” [JTA]

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