Bayard Street

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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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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In Chinatown, Immigrant Shopkeepers Fare the Worst [OP-ED]

Posted May 1, 2020 at 5:14 am

In an encouraging sign, some Chinatown shops have started reopening after six weeks of Covid-19 lockdown. The governor’s ban on non-essentials and public gatherings forced most businesses to the sidelines, but several restaurants offered takeout and three supermarkets stayed open. In a welcome sign, three back-to-back dessert places on Bayard Street returned to the fray […]

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Underbelly of Chinatown Homeless Exposed During Coronavirus Shutdown

Posted April 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

With Chinatown largely obeying the stay-at-home directives of Governor Cuomo and the Mayor de Blasio, and only venturing out for essentials, an unseen side of the neighborhood has emerged. No longer cloaked on the crowded streets, and without refuge to “stay at home,” the sight of homeless Chinese wandering Chinatown streets greet me daily. In general, […]

Chinatown Asks, Where’s the Beef? [OP-ED]

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

In scenes reminiscent of life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where long lines were the norm for basic necessities and food, the past couple weeks of coronavirus quarantine have shown a crack here at home. Despite federal and state leaders’ calls to remain calm and reassurances that there are bountiful supplies of meat, vegetables and […]

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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Gouie NY Principal Takes Lalito Space on Bayard

Posted January 13, 2020 at 5:06 am

When Winnie’s karaoke dive departed its original Bayard Street home in 2015, Lalo was quick to capitalize. Elements of El Rey (chef Gerardo Gonzalez) and Dudley’s (Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios) later imparted the Mexican-Cali concept called Lalo. (Winnie’s eventually found a new home on East Broadway three years ago.) Now the life cycle […]

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City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

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Lights Out: Columbus Park is Plunged into Darkness

Posted November 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Finding yourself in Columbus Park after nightfall might require the purchase of a flashlight. Indeed, nearly every light pole is out. There are approximately eighteen light fixtures that dot this heavily utilized Chinatown park, twelve of which are situated along Bayard Street. In the lower part of the park (near Worth), a single light burns. […]

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