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Grave Marker Fund for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted September 25, 2020 at 5:10 am

It’s been exactly one year since the city was rocked by the fatal bludgeoning of homeless men on the Bowery while they slept. Of the five beaten by 24-year-old attacker Randy Santos, four ultimately died – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vasquez-Villegas. In the days that followed the murders, elected officials and nonprofits held […]

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These 3 Developments Threaten to Sever Chinatown Traffic Arteries in the Coming Years [Op-Ed]

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:15 am

As if the climate wasn’t dire enough for Chinatown businesses and residents amidst the pandemic, a proverbial perfect storm is brewing. Long-suffering Chinatown businesses, like much of the city, are encouraged by the loosening of indoor dining restrictions and remain hopeful for a return to some level of normalcy. However, it could be short-lived due […]

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Aji Ichiban Flagship Vacates Mott Street

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

Another long-term Chinatown staple just closed its doors. Aji Ichiban cleared its shelves and vacated the flagship location at 37 Mott Street last week. Ending more than twenty years of retail on this spot. The Hong Kong-based candy chain counts franchises worldwide, but the Mott Street outpost was the first established on the east coast […]

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Chinatown Merchants Caught in the Middle of ‘Open Streets’ Fight [OP-ED]

Last modified September 4, 2020 at 6:57 am

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Chinatown businesses have suffered greatly since early January due to declining foot traffic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the citywide lockdown ordered two months later. Many Chinatown restaurant owners felt optimistic when the phased reopening of the city led to the “Open Restaurants” program, which allowed […]

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Homeless Man Shatters Windows of Chinatown Restaurants

Last modified September 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

Late Friday evening, curbside diners were treated to a sideshow along Mott Street as an unstable homeless man went on a window smashing spree. The spree started on the corner of Mott and Bayard, where the individual threw a rock through the window of the old New Shanghai Deluxe on Canal. He then walked up the block […]

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Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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Chinatown Mural Project Brings ‘Noodles’ to Mosco Street

Posted August 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

After tossing around the idea of a neighborhood street art program the last few years, I can finally say the Chinatown Mural Project is live. In the face of gentrification I had wanted for years to put up culturally appropriate murals around Chinatown depicting Chinese culture and the everyday life of Chinatown residents. (The “88 Gates” […]

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How the Coronavirus Brought Chinatown to its Knees [OP-ED]

Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:05 am

Dark days are on the horizon. The initial tally of Chinatown restaurant closures the last few months isn’t pretty, with many local favorites falling victim to the Covid-19 lockdown. The novel coronavirus started taking an early toll on Chinatown restaurants and other businesses back in December 2019 when news from overseas broke on the outbreak. […]

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In Controversial Move, City Files Plans to Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

While the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and mayor’s office continued an apparent charade of “community engagement” at Community Board 3, the city quietly filed plans with Department of Buildings to demolish the PS23 facility at 70 Mulberry Street. Even though some Chinatown residents believe a full demolition would yield a swanky new building within […]

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Aerial Photos Call into Question City’s Decision to Fully Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 1, 2020 at 5:08 am

On the evening of January 23, as Chinatown residents prepared for the Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire decimated the former PS23 at 70 Mulberry Street. Nearly five months later, many in the neighborhood continue to question the city’s choice to fully demolish the facility. Especially after the emergence of aerial photos showing the […]

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