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Jing Fong Workers Protest Dining Room Closure and Rumored Shutdown

Posted March 4, 2021 at 5:09 am

Despite the brisk weather, several dozen union members and Jing Fong employees rallied Tuesday morning in front of the East West Bank on Centre Street to save save the iconic dim sum restaurant. Advocates called on the Chu family, which owns the Elizabeth Street property (and the aforementioned bank), to stop killing Chinatown and to keep […]

Electeds Descend Upon Chinatown to Rally Against Hate

Last modified March 2, 2021 at 6:33 am

In the aftermath of a string of (potential) anti-Asian crimes across the city, several hundred people attended a rally as a show of support. It was held in Foley Square, not far from the incident last Thursday, in which a random attack on a Chinese man with an eight-inch kitchen knife left him clinging to life in a […]

Unprovoked Stabbing on Worth Street has Chinatown on Edge

Last modified February 26, 2021 at 11:47 am

In an apparently random attack yesterday evening, a 36-year-old Chinese man was stabbed in the back, and severely injured, by Brooklyn resident Salman Muflihi. The attacker wielded an eight-inch knife in the incident outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse on Worth Street, then surrendered at the entrance of the Manhattan DA’s office on Hogan Place. […]

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Jing Fong Permanently Closes its Chinatown Banquet Hall After 43 Years on Elizabeth Street

Posted February 20, 2021 at 8:21 am

Chinatown locals welcomed the news of iconic Pearl River Mart finding a new home, but another Chinatown mainstay is downsizing in a major way. Late yesterday afternoon, Jing Fong restaurant took the community by surprise with an announcement that its indoor dining floor is permanently closing down March 7. It will, however, continue service from the second-floor […]

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Chinatown Bids Farewell to Photographer Corky Lee

Posted February 11, 2021 at 5:02 am

Chinatown bade final farewell to one of its favorite sons last Saturday with a hero’s send-off. It was a cold bright morning, and hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Chinatown for the funeral procession of photographer Corky Lee. As is Chinese custom, the route stopped at places of importance in Lee’s life. (The door of […]

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At Gouverneur Hospital for Covid Testing, but Where are the Chinese Translators?

Last modified February 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

While on line last week for another Covid test at the Medlabs pop-up on Mott Street, I struck up conversation with several elderly women and discovered the testing site at the nearby Gouverneur Hospital lacked sufficient translation staff. Feeling this unacceptable, I decided to go undercover. A few days later, I took the risk; I […]

One Year After the Fire, Anxiously Awaiting Future of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted January 29, 2021 at 5:01 am

A year ago last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street, the former school that housed five Chinatown nonprofit organizations. Nonetheless: questions, anxiety, and doubt regarding its future still linger. On January 23, 2020, as Chinatown prepared to ring in the Year of The Rat and families sitting down for […]

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Corky Lee, Storied Photographer Who Chronicled Asian American Culture, Dies of Covid-19

Posted January 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Chinatown community this week mourns the passing of Corky Lee. News of his death early yesterday morning shocked at both the local and national levels. Lee lost the battle with Covid-19, and died in New York City. He was 74. Corky Lee, who identified as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” spent the better […]

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In Chinatown, it’s Elders Lost in Vaccination

Posted January 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

As the nation’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 400,000, news of mass vaccination sites opening across New York city is certainly welcome. However, securing an appointment is proving a daunting task. The mayor previously stressed equity in treatment for vaccination, which is rolled out in phases. Yet, with the mandate that all appointments require online registration, […]

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Chinatown Welcomes New Easy Access COVID-19 Testing Sites

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Finally a step in the right direction. Pop-up COVID-19 test sites opened in Chinatown yesterday, providing much-needed alternatives to locals seeking a swab. The sites – one at 62 Mott Street, and the other at Confucius Plaza – offer walk-in swab tests and antibodies tests. Center Laboratories is handling testing and results, which are emailed or texted […]

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