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A Gated Community in The Lower East Side?

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Here’s what we’re reading on the web these days:

Community members in the Lower East Side are furious about Masaryk Tower’s plans to close off a section of Rivington Street to create a gated community. [Save The Lower East Side]

The plans to rebuild Ground Zero are taking longer than its entire original construction in the 1960s. [Second Avenue Sagas]

Protesters picnic against the restaurant plans in Union Square at 6 pm tonight. Can pesto pasta solve their dilemma? [onNYTurf]

The first major revision of the city’s Building Code since 1968 took effect yesterday. Updates entail improved smoke control systems, site managers, sprinkler control, and the trendy fee rebate for green deisgn. [Brownstoner]

The ominous market report from financial Q2 shows prices up 25.2 % for Manhattan real estate, but sales are down. Is the bubble about to burst? [Curbed]

Cement-truck drivers go on strike leaving construction projects high and dry. They aren’t expected to return all week. [City Room]