Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters

Posted on: August 19th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.

Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies and pens for pedestrians to scribble thoughts of support. Inscriptions include – “Carrie Lam go burn in hell”; “Liberate Hong Kong”; “No more tear gas”; and “Tear down CCP.”

Protestors have been demonstrating for four months in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government. If enacted, it would allow local authorities to detain and extradite those wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. The fear is that Hong Kong citizens would then be subjected to Chinese jurisdiction.

This display is the only action this plot has seen since the two-hundred-year-old Federal Houses were demolished over a year ago. You’ll recall that the historic row comprising 282-286 Grand – which anchored the block since roughly 1820 – will eventually be born again rich. Their disposal is at the behest of its owner, and local oncologist-turned-gallerist, Marc Straus, who filed plans with Department of Buildings to erect a seven-story residential building with bronze colored “rain screen” exterior. Project paperwork reveals the floor area covers roughly 20,000 square-feet, housing twenty one-bedroom condo apartments and two penthouses. All are one-bedrooms (550 square-feet) except for the latter.

For now, it’s still just a dormant lot.

Photo: Peterson Rich Office

Recent Stories

‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’ Opens at the New-York Historical Society

For many who grew up in a certain era, the name Bill Graham sparks Proustian memories of life-changing rock-and-roll shows. And if you were in San Francisco or New York City, the music impresario’s Fillmore concert venues were the greatest places in the world to see live music. Starting in 1965, Graham was booking and […]

Delancey Street Bodega Robbed at Gunpoint, Suspects at Large

Police are after two men suspected of holding up a Delancey Street bodega at gunpoint. The robbery – caught on camera – happened shortly before 4:30pm at the N&N Delancey Smoke Shop near the southwest corner of Allen Street. One suspect asked the clerk for cigarettes, while the other reportedly demanded money with an assault […]

A Decade Later, the Lowline is Stopped in its Tracks

More than a decade after its conception, the ambitious Lowline project is kaput. Stopped in its tracks due to financial constraints, Crain’s reports. The founders of the $83 million subterranean park – Dan Barasch and James Ramsey – announced this week that the project is no longer viable. That despite years of neighborhood outreach, appearances […]

It’s Enough with the Film Crews in Chinatown [OP-ED]

For Chinatown, it’s a perfect storm. At a time when area businesses are reeling from the “Double-Whammy” of closed streets (due to the fire at 70 Mulberry) and tourists avoiding the area fearing Coronavirus, film productions are also taking away curbside parking. More than four blocks’ worth last Friday. Chinatown stores have long suffered a […]

‘Bulletin Broads’ Feminist Boutique Quits Prince Street

Update your bulletin board. The Bulletin Broads are through with Prince Street. The Brooklyn-based store and feminist collective lasted about three years at 27 Prince before its recent shutter. A poster taped to the window bids farewell to the neighborhood and spins the news. “Peace out, Nolita, it’s been real,” it reads. And also, that […]