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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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Elderly ‘Canners’ Prove it’s Time to Raise the Bottle Deposit [OP-ED]

Last modified November 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

Canning. It sounds like a job in a processing plant, or maybe a sport. But it’s not; it’s a legit side hustle for many seniors to supplement social security or other benefits. We’ve all seen them on the downtown streets of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the financial district, lugging bagfuls or pushing heaping […]

Now Approved, Actually Building the Borough-Based Jails Might Take More than Political Wrangling [OP-ED]

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. As expected, City Council last month unanimously passed an unprecedented city-wide ULURP for the Mayor’s borough-based jail plan. Despite the lack of a concrete plan and the testimony of dozens calling for no new jails. So will these local jails ever get built? That […]

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Chinatown Jail Giveback: Sun Yat-Sen Statue Made Permanent in Columbus Park

Last modified October 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Excavation for the new foundation of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue started in Columbus Park this week. The work is part of a permanent podium that replaces what had been rusting the past eight years. It follows Mayor de Blasio’s highly touted, yet rare, Chinatown visit back in February during Lunar New Year celebrations in […]

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Here’s Why DOT Shouldn’t Move Forward with Hated Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Design [OP-ED]

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown “Gateway” marker. I was cautiously optimistic that Linda Lee’s “Dragon’s Roar” design would be scrapped due to unanimous local outrage and opposition, and that the selection […]

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Who will Bury the Unidentified Homeless Victim Murdered on the Bowery Last Weekend?

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:10 am

New Yorkers awoke ten days ago to shocking news that four homeless men on the Bowery were brutally beaten to death while sleeping by an attacker with a three-foot piece of scrap metal (and another seriously injured). It later came out that 24-year-old Bronx native, Randy Santos, himself homeless, perpetrated the attack, and boasts a […]

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Mayor Should Call ‘Collect’ for Borough-Based Jail Plan [OP-ED]

Posted September 5, 2019 at 5:09 am

As expected, the City Planning Commission this week rubber-stamped the controversial jail plan which would see the closure of Rikers Island in favor of four new borough-based jails. Next up is today’s City Council ULURP hearing, which will likely amount to just another mass validation session. Question is, besides the unofficial “common sense” caucus among councilmembers, […]

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