Friends Throw ‘Mayor of Ludlow Street’ Heartwarming Homecoming

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 at 5:09 am by

Richie with Fort Pitt firefighters, Photo: Adrian Wilson

The so-called “Mayor” of Ludlow Street – 68 year-old Richie Chang – returned home for a brief visit over the weekend. He’s been healing in exile since last July, when he was hospitalized with a serious, yet still unknown condition.

One friend drove him back to the Lower East Side on Sunday, which included a stop at the Fort Pitt Ladder 18 firehouse. (Richie is a staunch supporter of local police and firefighters.) Then a surprise party was held at his Ludlow Street apartment – organized by neighbors – with his brother and longtime friends.

It’s been a traumatic five months, but we are told that Richie is in good health and spirits, and that he’s making solid progress in physical rehab. Apparently he fell and lay unconscious on a pair of scissors for some 24 hours, cutting off circulation to his arm. (We also hear that there were allegedly “non accidental” bruises about his body, too.) If not for his older brother checking in on his whereabouts, he probably would’ve died. Surgeons battled to save his arm in the intervening months through about twenty operations. Richie is now in rehab learning how to walk again after being confined to bed for that time.

Richie with Tom Otterness, Vickie Rovere, Ed Higgins, and Joe Rossser, Photo: Adrian Wilson

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