The Day | Reflecting on the Deaths of Dashane Santana and Mary Spink

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Good morning, East Village.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is urging Transportation Department Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to improve safety conditions on Delancey Street after the tragic death of Dashane Santana, who was struck by a car while crossing Delancey Street at Clinton Street. In a letter excerpted by The Lo-Down, Mr. Silver writes, “The recent accident which took the life of 12-year-old Dashane Santana is yet another reminder that we must act immediately to improve safety conditions for pedestrians at several dangerous intersections on Delancey Street.”

In an e-mail to The Local this morning, State Senator Daniel Squadron shares his thoughts on the loss of local activist Mary Spink, who died on Jan. 16. “I am lucky to have known Mary, and our community is lucky to have had her. Stories and commitment to the community like hers are rare and a unique inspiration. She will be sorely missed.”

The New York Times expands on reports that Booker & Dax, “a new bar that places technology squarely in the service of mixology,” is opening Friday in the old Milk Bar space in David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar. Zagat first heard the rumors last week. It’s a collaboration between Mr. Chang and the French Culinary Institute‘s director of culinary technology, Dave Arnold.