The Volunteer Street Sweepers Scrubbing the Streets of Chinatown

Posted on: July 31st, 2020 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

In Chinatown, street sweeping has gone back to its literal roots.

For the last several weeks, a small platoon of locals took on the responsibility of scrubbing down the main streets in Chinatown. It’s a weekly activity – early Saturday mornings – to help keep the setting clean for outdoor diners at the local restaurants.

Participants use brooms, and New York City water pumped from fire hydrants.

Photo: Karlin Chan

“I was dining out one day and saw the streets were filthy, so I decided to wash the streets down with water,” local activist Karlin Chan tells us.

“We’re area residents who are concerned about Chinatown’s survival amid all the restaurant closures and wanted to help businesses by cleaning the streets in hopes of drawing more diners and visitors.”

The crew meets at 7:30am Saturdays at Mott and Bayard Streets. Volunteers are welcomed, and have even come from as far away as the Bronx.

Photo: Karlin Chan

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