Monday News Links

State politicians are warning that chaos will ensue in New York City's schools if the paralyzed Senate does not act to extend mayoral control by tomorrow night.

On Friday, police arrested two teens in connection with anti-Semitic acts on the Lower East Side.

Did Mayor Bloomberg suggest he supported the idea of reopening Park Row? Some Chinatown residents say he did, but the mayor's office denies it. The Downtown Express has the details.

This afternoon at 5pm, Norm Siegel, public advocate candidate, will be holding a campaign event in Columbus Park.

We reported it last week – now the Times has details of the lifeline being offered by the city to the cultural and community center, ABC No Rio.

Paparazzi/screaming girl alert: Rob Pattinson will allegedly be on Orchard Street near Grand today, shooting his new film, "Remember Me."

Monday News Links

The Daily News reports Senator Daniel Squadron will co-sponsor the State Assembly passed mayoral control bill in the Senate.

The latest Siena poll says 63-percent of New Yorkers think the state is headed in the wrong direction. The Assembly is not spared in the public's assessment of the Senate coup.

A New York Times editorial blasts the Bloomberg/Silver push to allocate Port Authority money to office towers at Ground Zero.          

Gabe Pressman is suspicious of the mayor and the City Council's decision to slash the public advocate's budget.

Crain's New York has a look at the Pomeranc family's hotel empire, which includes the Thompson LES.

Grub Street will miss the bar, 87 Lounge, which closed up shop last week rather than face the music at the State Liquor Authority.

Monday News Links

State Senator Hiram Monserrate says he's coming home to the Democrats (until he decides otherwise). Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll tell his members to go home this week if the Senate can't get its act together. As one observer put it, Albany is like "feudal Japan. There's a weak emperor (the governor) and strong warlords." Gotham Gazette details all of the key legislation in jeopardy, as Albany burns.

Mayor Bloomberg likes Shelly Silver's proposals for tweaking mayoral control of the schools. The assembly could pass the legislation by the end of the week. The Senate? See above.

After that accident at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge last week, the city is finally imposing new requirements for pedicab drivers.

The blog, "Lost City," really hates the "Recover New York Program", announced by the city's Economic Development Corporation. Lost City says the plan would "basically hand over those parts of the city (including Chinatown) that haven't yet been raped
by overbuilding to big-money developers in sweetheart deals."

The Obama administration's loan modification plan could help thousands of New Yorkers. But housing advocates say the program "is slow to get off the ground" here.

Thursday News Links

The Democrats go to court… Albany hangs on every word uttered by a guy indicted three months ago for allegedly assaulting his companion with a broken glass… the governor's plea to lawmakers: "think of the lobbyists!" Just another day in the nuthouse known as the New York State Senate.

A plan by Assembly leader Sheldon Silver allows the mayor to retain control of the city's schools, with a few adjustments.

After yesterday's shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the NYPD is tightening security at some Jewish institutions in New York.

It looks like Patricia Yeo (Monkey Bar, Sapa) is the new chef at Broadway East.

The Feedbag blog reports: Michael Huynh (Baoguette and Bar Bao) is opening a Vietnamese beer garden on Orchard Street. And the team behind Stanton Social is apparently looking at launching another restaurant in the neighborhood.

Wednesday News Links

Two more New Yorkers with the swine flu have died, but health officials say they both had other health complications that may have been contributing factors. Still, the city is continuing to grapple with the swine flu even as it has subsided in other parts of the country. Experts at the NYC Health Department are trying to determine why H1N1 is so persistent here.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has unveiled his plan for mayoral control of the New York City schools. But many of his members remain skeptical, convinced that more oversight of the mayor and accountability are necessary.

Beliefnet columnist Brad Hirschfield, says the release of "Rebecca Rubin," American Girl's latest historical doll, is being treated like the arrival of the Messiah. He questions whether Rebecca's "life story" (growing up on the Lower East Side in 1914), written by author Jacqueline Dembar Greene, is relatable to Jewish girls in the year 2009:

"We are a community that has entered Jewish life through
inter-marriage, adoption, conversion… I am just not sure why having dolls
whose "life" stories are written by an author who struggled to come of
age as a Jew in the 50's, is the place to begin for little Jewish girls

Russ & Daughters is heralding the arrival of the New Catch Holland Herring on June 9th. They're only available for about a month.  The famed appetizing store's blog, Lox Populi, calls these delicacies "a piece of gastronomic heaven, a fabulous buttery and mild matjes (young) herring unlike any other."

The New York Times, previewing summer food events, highlights the Rahkaing Thingyan New Year Water Festival. It's held July 12th at the J.H.S. 56 schoolyard, Madison and Montgomery Streets. The Times says to look for:

"… a bowl of shwe yin aye, whose loose translation is “something that
cools you.” It drenches sticky rice, coconut, assorted colorful agars
and scissor-snipped white bread in several ladles of coconut milk and
tapioca pearls. Other dishes (most are about $5) include mohinga, or
fish noodle soup; shrimp fritters tossed with watercress, cucumber and
fish sauce; and mont kyar si, hand-rolled rice-flour dumplings with
shredded coconut."