City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted on: November 15th, 2019 at 5:13 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home.

The area fete of Sun Yat-Sen Plaza notwithstanding, locals are quick to point out that the action is largely tied to the now-approved borough-based Chinatown jail. It was widely reported that the dedication and permanent installation of the eight-year-old statue (sculpted by Taiwanese artist Lu Chun-Hsiung) were “givebacks” to Chinatown in exchange for Chin’s backing of the plan. (Other purported concessions include renovation of the restrooms within the park and a “community theater” to be established within the Museum of Chinese in America.)

As for the lame duck mayor, de Blasio is showing his face more downtown. At least five times in the last year. Strange, since hizzoner hadn’t really visited Chinatown until opposition to the proposed jail at 125 White Street became such an issue.

Recent Stories

LES Cop Shooting Still Cold Case 8 Years Later

Eight years later, it remains a cold case. In the early morning hours of July 5, 2012, two cops sustained gunfire during a drug bust in the Seward Park Extension on Essex Street. The shooter is still wanted for attempted murder of a police officer, and remains at large. Officers Brian Groves and Eric Corniel chased a suspected […]

Vendors Return to the Market Line on the Lower East Side

As the city slowly attempts to normalize in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown, so too does Essex Crossing. Its underground food court – the Market Line – is now back to business. Several vendors returned and are open, albeit via pick up and delivery only. Those who live within a ten-mile radius of the Market […]

Mayor’s Borough-Based Jail Plan Defunded $473M and Now on Hold

Grassroots groups in diametric opposition to the city’s borough-based jail plan this week declared victory at its delay. For now. Last week, City Council and Mayor de Blasio approved the $88.1 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. Within the accompanying report, the city mentioned, “Planned commitments for new borough-based jails have been reduced by […]

Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

Beverly’s Bar Shutters After 7 Years on Essex Street

The pink neons have gone dark, as Essex Street loses one of its cool kid hangs. Beverly’s, the trendy art bar founded in late-2012 by Sweet Paradise veteran Leah Dixon, closed forever last week. Just shy of its eighth birthday. A leasing sign hangs awkwardly from the rolldown gate. “We are looking reality in the […]