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A Hate Crime in Chinatown Sows Division in Response [OP-ED]

Posted June 14, 2021 at 5:08 am

The random attack on a 55-year-old woman in the heart of Chinatown shattered the relative sense of security in the neighborhood. Following this sucker-punch incident in front of 65 Bayard Street, activists demanded reaction from lame-duck de Blasio or any of the mayor hopefuls. It was the opposite – a real shitshow typical of Chinatown […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Dr. Clark’ Looks to Open Club Next Door on Bayard Street

Posted June 10, 2021 at 5:08 am

Dr. Clark opened last year days before the city went into lockdown. Tough timing aside, it’s now ready to expand with another liquor establishment just next door on Bayard Street. The upscale restaurant, which specializes in Hokkaido Japanese cuisine, officially launched in early March of 2020, just as cases of Covid-19 first surfaced in New […]

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‘Welcome to Chinatown’ Co-founder Victoria Lee Starts Run for AD65 District Leader

Last modified June 4, 2021 at 9:47 am

Looks like the “old guard” in Chinatown politics is getting a challenge. Victoria Lee, who co-founded the “Welcome to Chinatown” initiative last February with Jennifer Tam, is throwing her name in the hat for Democratic district leader in the race against veteran Virginia Kee for Assembly District 65 Part D. Since its inception, Welcome to […]

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Homeless Man Sucker-Punches Chinese Woman on Bayard Street

Posted June 2, 2021 at 5:00 am

Monday was a warm afternoon in Chinatown and the streets were crowded (for a change) with people enjoying a meal out on Bayard Street. That’s when a random attack on a 55-year-old Chinese woman shattered the calm. The vicious attack, caught on surveillance video outside the Kong Sikh Tong restaurant at 65 Bayard, showed the […]

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Amidst Attacks on Asians, NYPD Teaching Karate Classes

Posted May 26, 2021 at 5:02 am

The NYPD is taking a proactive approach to the spate of hate crimes targeting Asian women by holding free self-defense classes around the city. This past Sunday, several dozen women participated in lessons given by Inspector Tommy Ng. The police officer is head of the Asian hate crimes task force, which was established to address […]

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Jing Fong Stays in Chinatown with Smaller Location on Centre Street

Last modified May 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm

Jing Fong as we knew it is now gone. Previously set to close at the end of this month, the classic dim sum restaurant announced last week that Sunday was the final day. This is not the end of the road for Jing Fong in Chinatown, though. As previously reported, the business – which also […]

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The Benefits of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in Ethnic Enclaves like Chinatown

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

The state last week brought a pop-up vaccine site in the heart of Chinatown, which was well received by the community. Last Wednesday (March 24), Lieutenant Governor Kathy Holchul announced hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses would be made available to Chinatown residents and surrounding areas. Queues for appointments formed almost immediately at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent […]

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L+M Development Exploring Purchase of Knickerbocker Village

Posted March 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

Knickerbocker Village, one of the largest residential complexes in the city, is exploring a possible sale to L+M Development Partners, several tipsters tell us. Current management has reportedly been in ongoing negotiations with the prospective buyer, price unknown. And even though the deal is not yet final, tenants are concerned about the fallout. Namely the […]

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With Dining Room Shuttered, Jing Fong Demolition Already Underway

Posted March 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

Iconic Chinatown banquet hall, Jing Fong, served its last customers Sunday as lines stretched down the block with regulars wanting to have a final Dim Sum lunch there before it closed the dining room. No sooner did service end than interior demolition began. Jing Fong, a neighborhood staple for the last 43 years, folded under the […]

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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 […]