NYPD: Chinatown Streets Off Limits to ‘Placard Parking’

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is big. The 5th Precinct effectively announced that placard parking in Chinatown is a thing of the past. Flyers began circulating the neighborhood a couple weeks ago stating that streets in the area are a “permit free zone.” Chinatown activist Karlin Chan has been fighting the issue for years. Specifically, drivers who abused the […]

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Pell Street in Chinatown

Report: ‘Omens of Upheaval’ Threaten to Destroy Chinatown

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

The subject of gentrification in Chinatown is hitting a tipping point. One need only attend a Community Board 3 meeting to witness the struggle. Residents challenging the succession of uptown style establishments at the expense of more homegrown mom and pops. Now, Steve Cuozzo at the New York Post talks about the “omens of upheaval” […]

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Xi’an Famous Foods Locks Down Bayard Street with Second Outpost on the Block

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:11 am

Back in the spring of 2011, the Flushing-based Xi’an Famous Foods planted a flag in “Old Chinatown” at 67 Bayard Street. It’s currently deemed the “Original,” despite its former presence in the 88 East Broadway Mall (RIP). Six years later, though, and the block sees another. Xi’an Famous Foods opened a new location down the […]

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Cafe Henrie during its debut, September 2015

Lower East Side Gets Another Neighborhood Moniker with ‘Nolo’

Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:09 am

Lord knows that the Lower East Side has seen its fair share of attempts to carve out and rename swaths of territory. Usually to the benefit of big real estate trying to best sell the area. Enough already. For instance, BelDel and, later, LoDel, as the area south of Delancey between Essex and Allen. Or, […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Rooster with a (Firecracker) Bang [PHOTOS]

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

Saturday afternoon, Chinatown rang in the year of the Rooster with quite a bang. Literally. For the eighteenth year running, the Better Chinatown Society hosted the Firecracker Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attracting hundreds to the Hester Playground inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Falling on the weekend certainly helped turnout.) The event featured traditional song and dance, […]

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With ‘Chinese Tuxedo’ Opening Next Month on Doyers Street, a Peek Inside and a Look at the 1905 Original

Posted October 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

Suit up for more nightlife on Doyers. The photo above seems the likely inspiration behind the forthcoming nightclub of same on Doyers Street. Chinese Tuxedo was as advertised, a tuxedo shop across the street from the imposter. Note the Third Avenue El off to the side, casting shadows onto the corner of Doyers and the […]

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Site of Mass Displacement: A Chinatown Gentrified by Galleries [Op-Ed]

Last modified October 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

The following was written by Liz Moy of the Chinatown Art Brigade. There is an ongoing perception that Manhattan’s Chinatown has stayed relatively the same throughout the years whilst other low-income neighborhoods of color have been overtaken by gentrification. Ask someone how Chinatown fares in an increasingly unaffordable city and they’ll likely say, at least […]

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Pols Protested Bigoted O’Reilly Factor Segment Outside Fox News HQ Yesterday

Posted October 7, 2016 at 5:15 am

Fox News pissed off a lot of people this past Tuesday when the O’Reilly Factor ran a segment about the Chinese vote. Bill O’Reilly sent his ass-clown reporter, Jesse Watters (i.e. Watters’ World), to Chinatown for what became a wildly bigoted piece that mocked local Chinese. Watter subsequently apologized for his reporting in a series […]



Downtown Pols Condemn Bill O’Reilly’s Racist Segment on Chinatown Voting

Posted October 6, 2016 at 5:19 am

Good old fashioned racism was on display during a segment on the O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night. Eponymous host Bill O’Reilly sent his oaf-of-a-reporter, Jesse Watters, downtown armed with a host of Chinese stereotypes to find out voter predilections in the upcoming presidential election. It’s almost hard to watch, with this ass-clown poking fun at Chinese […]

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The Great N.Y. Noodletown has Reopened on the Bowery

Last modified September 12, 2016 at 7:55 am

True to their word, Great N.Y. Noodletown returned to the ranks of the living on Saturday. The Chinatown classic at 28 Bowery – in business for over three decades – had been closed the prior week for a round of renovations. Mainly for ADA compliance, we’re told. Indeed, some of the purported modifications included making […]

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