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Emergency Rehab of Burned-out 70 Mulberry Street Resumes

Posted April 1, 2020 at 5:06 am

Chinatown, and the city at large, is increasingly becoming a ghost town, devoid of pedestrians and traffic. Yet, despite the COVID-19 shutdown, work continues at the former PS23, where a devastating five-alarm fire gutted its top floors in January. The project site is apparently considered an emergency, and granted an exception to Governor Cuomo’s executive […]

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I May Survive Coronavirus, but My Friendships Won’t [OP-ED]

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:20 am

While I may survive the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my friendships won’t. As xenophobia grips the masses, racist attacks and harassment against Asians are on the rise at home and abroad. While many would condemn attacks or harassment on social media platforms, how many would intervene when it involves friends? Sadly, my guess is probably not […]

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This Chinatown Restaurant has been Disinfecting Tables After Each Customer

Posted March 16, 2020 at 5:08 am

Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary measures. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads fear and anxiety throughout the city, businesses large and small are beginning to feel the pinch of lost revenues as diners opt to eat in to avoid public places. For Chinatown businesses, which collectively suffered revenue drops of up to 70% in recent days, some […]

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Chinatown Restaurants Struggling in the Time of COVID-19

Last modified March 13, 2020 at 6:23 am

Chinatown businesses have taken a direct hit as a result of fear and xenophobia due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, even though there are no confirmed cases in the community. Four large-scale restaurants have announced temporary closings in order to survive the pandemic, which has scared away tourists and locals from Chinatown and large gathering […]

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Nonprofits Pick up the Pieces After the Devastating Chinatown Fire

Posted March 10, 2020 at 5:07 am

City contractors on Sunday began the task of retrieval at 70 Mulberry Street, where a five-alarm fire decimated the 128-old school building. After weeks of clearing debris and stabilizing weakened floors and ceilings, the site is safe enough to dig for surviving archives from the Museum of Chinese in America, as well as materials salvaged […]

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City Keeps Chinatown Park in the Dark over Light Outages [OP-ED]

Posted February 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Is the Department of Transportation stuck in neutral? Back in early 2017, the lights dotting Columbus Park in Chinatown began to fade, eventually shrouding the whole park in darkness. Being an early riser and accustomed to walking my Furbabies at 5:00am daily, I was forced to carry a flashlight in order to see. My inquiries to […]

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

Posted February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

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 […]

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Rehab Begins for Fire-Ravaged School Building in Chinatown

Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:07 am

In the wake of the devastating fire at the old Public School 23 building in Chinatown, the cleanup and rehab is full throttle. City contractors starting assembling scaffolding at the scorched 70 Mulberry Street earlier this week. The web of bars is making its way up the whole structure ahead of imminent debris removal. Meanwhile, […]

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Face Mask Price Gouging and Long Lines at Chinatown Post Offices Amidst Coronavirus Fears

Posted February 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

With elevated fears over Coronavirus gripping the world, many like myself, with family in China and Hong Kong, are worried about the shortage of surgical or N95 face masks overseas. While the masks themselves might not be sufficient protection against the virus, it does provide some measure of comfort. But as I discovered, buying these […]

Mulberry Street Fire and Coronavirus Hysteria a Double-Whammy for Chinatown

Posted February 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

In the wake of a devastating fire, Chinatown is cleaning up, but nerves over Coronavirus is exacerbating the situation. It has been exactly two weeks since a five-alarm fire gutted the historic PS23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. Several community nonprofits and a senior center were displaced, each forced to find temporary refuge elsewhere in […]

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