Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]
The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now.
And no neighborhood is immune.
Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week. Mom-and-pop shops Buy Rite Pharmacy (215 Grand Street) and Centre Care Pharmacy (187 Centre Street) were vandalized Sunday night, glass shattered and stores ransacked; and chain stores like GNC (223 Grand Street) were equally targeted in the nightly smash-and-grab chaos.
The handful of businesses that were just emerging from COVID-19 lockdown, reportedly returned to the sidelines for fear of further violence.
Meanwhile, the Chinatown Partnership launched a GoFundMe recovery fund yesterday toward the replacement of “damaged glass doors and windows of the affected businesses. Any remainder funds will go towards assisting with the repair of interior damages.”