Friday News Links

There are now 49 confirmed cases of the swine flu in New York City. NYC's health commissioner is calling for stepped up efforts to develop a vaccine (NY1).

Juan Gonzalez says small businesses in Chinatown are being exploited while the Bloomberg administration ignores their plight. One tenant sub-leasing space in the East Broadway Mall recently had his rent raised to $9600/month from $2000. Gonzalez says the city, as the landlord, needs to step in (Daily News).

As the New York pension scandal widens, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed records involving a lobbyist with ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (Daily News).

Curbed updates the progress, or lack thereof, of the development they dubbed the Orchard hell building (Curbed).