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Photo: It’s looking like springtime at the Baruch Houses.

In the news this week:

–Around 16% of patrol cops in the NYPD are new to the force, but in some precincts the numbers are a lot higher. “For instance, one-third of the police officers in Manhattan’s 7th Precinct, which covers the Lower East Side and where the number of reported crimes rose by 52% between 2019 and 2022, were hired in 2021. Half of the 90 police officers there have spent less than 3.8 years in the force.” [The City]

–After a deadly parking garage collapse in Lower Manhattan last month, the city has ordered the partial or total closure of several other parking facilities, including garages on Madison Street and East 9th Street. [New York Post]

–A City Council District 1 candidate forum is coming up May 24. You can register here.

–Nonprofits have been trying to raise awareness about the low salaries paid to frontline workers. University Settlement, which runs many neighborhood programs, provides one example. [CBS New York]

–A look at how financing came together to pay for the conversion of a hotel at 91 East Broadway into a safe haven operated by Care for the Homeless. [Commercial Observer]

–An ugly family feud threatens the future of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, one of Chinatown’s oldest restaurants. [Grub Street]

–Part of Corlears Hook Park will be inaccessible due to construction on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Here’s the advisory.

–Here’s a look at some of the Community Board 3 meetings coming up this week: the Landmarks Committee will take up a plan to build a new residential tower behind St. Augustine’s Church; the transportation committee will consider a loading zone at 55 Suffolk St. to accommodate move-ins at the Gotham Organization’s new luxury tower; and the Parks Department will hear updates from city agencies regarding construction along the East River due to resiliency projects. [CB3]

–The Lower East Side nightlife spot, Double Chicken Please, has been named best bar in North America. Last year’s winner, Attaboy, is still on the list but drops to number 13. [Crain’s]

–Recalling the violent legacy and short life of the Lower East Side gangster Jack Zelig. [Tablet]

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