Bayard Street

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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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Battling Eviction Over its Water Usage

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, one of the longest running ice cream shops in the city, is battling an eviction from its landlord. The New York Post reported yesterday that the owner of 65 Bayard Street has been trying to muscle out the family-owned dessert shop for allegedly using too much water. The tiff […]

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Xi’an Famous Foods Locks Down Bayard Street with Second Outpost on the Block

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:11 am

Back in the spring of 2011, the Flushing-based Xi’an Famous Foods planted a flag in “Old Chinatown” at 67 Bayard Street. It’s currently deemed the “Original,” despite its former presence in the 88 East Broadway Mall (RIP). Six years later, though, and the block sees another. Xi’an Famous Foods opened a new location down the […]

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This Bayard Street Payphone is no Longer Crowned with a Pagoda

Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

We hoped this day wouldn’t come to pass, but alas, it’s here. Until recently, this public payphone on Bayard Street (just east of Elizabeth) was topped with a decorative pagoda. One of the only such instances in Chinatown. Not anymore; the extra bit of culture is gone. A Boogie reader tells us that the style […]

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