Community Group Sounds Alarm over City’s Alleged ‘Takeover’ of the East Broadway Mall
The southerly East Broadway Mall beneath the Manhattan Bridge is a pillar of the Chinatown community. Stocked with several small businesses serving the local populace. Perhaps, not for long, though.
Local community groups allege that the city is “rashly taking back the mall.” In particular, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side sent a scathing letter to Mayor de Blasio and the Democratic nominee for mayor Eric Adams demanding a halt to the takeover and “instead use resources to help the workers and small businesses most affected by the pandemic.” (Borough President Brewer, Councilwoman Chin, and Speaker Johnson were also copied.) Otherwise, dozens will lose jobs and livelihoods.
The city, for its part, claims that mall management – East Broadway Corporation – owes roughly $13 million in back rent. The unconfirmed word is that the takeover could happen as soon as tomorrow (September 1). It’s unclear what happens thereafter.