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Public Art Coming to LES; White Flag Waved Over LICH

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LOWER EAST SIDE—Two public art projects are coming to the Lower East Side following a call for submissions from the neighborhood's Business Improvement District. With a grant from the Department of Transportation's urban art program, the plaza at the joining of Division, Canal, and Ludlow streets will become a canvas for artist Kim Sillen, whose "Modern Tapestry" will bring a combination of colors and forms intended to enlighten walkers to the asphalt. Work on the project will begin on June 2. The BID will also install Babel Blocks, an art project by design firm Boym Partners that was initially delayed because of MTA construction, in late June. [CurbedWire inbox; TLD]

COBBLE HELL—Community activists have conceded their demand for a full-service hospital at LICH for the time being, dropping all legal proceedings against SUNY and the Department of Health whilst agreeing to a statement of principles that allows SUNY to proceed with selling the hospital while maintaining limited services on site. As per Crain's:

An agreement reached Thursday morning between the bidders, LICH and the community groups that had sued to keep it open states that only an emergency room will remain, and it will not include an intensive-care unit. The emergency room is no longer accepting ambulances, but the agreement states that ambulance service will return as soon as possible and no later than July 15. The statement of principles agreed to by all parties requires the Peebles Corporation to commission an assessment of community needs which will determine whether or not Cobble Hill needs a full service hospital. At midnight tonight, the hospital shutters but for its emergency services; that is, until the SUNY hands it over to operators North Shore-LIJ and developers Peebles Corporation, who's pressed to fully manage the site by September 1. [Crain's; Capital; previously]