Chinatown

Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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East Broadway Noodle House ‘Lam Zhou’ is Shuttered

Posted August 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

The gates are drawn at 144 East Broadway. Popular Chinatown noodle house, Lam Zhou, just closed down its hole-in-the-wall dispensary. Fanatic customers are scrambling, concerned about the future of an establishment that offered what many considered some of the best dumplings this side of Chinatown. Word on the street is that the lease expired, and […]

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Chinatown Favorite Jing Fong’s UWS Dim Sum Spot Opens Today 

Posted July 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

Jing Fong, the enormous Cantonese banquet hall in Chinatown, now has a new uptown sibling. Ownership announced over the weekend that the Upper West Side dim sum spot, in the works for several months, is set to (soft) launch today. The slimmed-down version of same is about an eighth the size of the Elizabeth Street […]

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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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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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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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