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For Beloved Photographer Corky Lee, a Funeral Procession through his Achievements in Chinatown

Posted February 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Corky Lee, beloved photographer who focused his lens on Asian American culture, died last week after battling coronavirus. He was 74. Lockdown measures ultimately changed plans for the funeral. In lieu of an indoor memorial service, the family instead arranged for a procession through Chinatown, stopping at ten significant locations in Lee’s life. It will […]

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Upset at Broken Bodega Lotto Machine, Man Pummels Clerk with ‘Wet Floor’ Sign on Canal Street

Posted February 2, 2021 at 5:02 am

A man pummeled a bodega clerk on Canal Street after an altercation over a broken Lotto machine, police said Friday as they released video of the attack. The attacker began fighting with the worker inside the store – situated at Canal and Orchard Streets – at 2:15am on January 24. The customer was apparently angry […]

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Four Surrender in Connection with Chinatown Bus Beatdown on Canal Street

Posted February 1, 2021 at 5:01 am

Two men and two women surrendered to police on Friday in connection to the broad-daylight attack on a man who police said was beaten, slashed, and stripped of his clothes in Chinatown last week. The victim, Walter Ward, exited a Chinatown bus (Panda NY) when a group of thirteen men and women jumped him in the […]

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In Chinatown, it’s Elders Lost in Vaccination

Posted January 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

As the nation’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 400,000, news of mass vaccination sites opening across New York city is certainly welcome. However, securing an appointment is proving a daunting task. The mayor previously stressed equity in treatment for vaccination, which is rolled out in phases. Yet, with the mandate that all appointments require online registration, […]

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New Year, Wrong Stamp for USPS Commemorative Postage [OP-ED]

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:19 am

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, the U.S. Postal Service released its annual commemorative stamp to honor the holiday. Yet, the new postage seriously misses the mark, is wrong on many levels. The Lunar New Year – observed this year on February 12 – is celebrated by several Asian cultures, but it’s difficult to […]

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Stringer Promises ‘Fair Share’ of PPP for City Businesses

Posted January 14, 2021 at 5:05 am

City Comptroller (and mayoral candidate) Scott Stringer held a press conference yesterday at the Chinatown kiosk on Canal Street, announcing a plan to funnel federal Payroll Protection (PPP) dollars to New York city businesses. It certainly triggered an uncomfortable memory of last year’s PPP fiasco. The first round of PPP went into effect just a […]

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Man Stabs Roommate then Jumps to his Death on Canal Street

Last modified December 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

Canal Street Street between Rutgers and Allen Streets is an active crime scene due to an apparent murder suicide on the block this morning at around 10:00am. Cops confirm that a 43-year-old man was stabbed at 42 Canal Street, and that the suspect then leaped from the rooftop. We’re told that the victim is in […]

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Nearly Seven Years Later, ‘Coming Soon’ Moves Down the Block

Posted November 16, 2020 at 5:06 am

High-end home goods boutique, Coming Soon, upped and moved down the block. Citing a “seven year itch” – Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria founded the store on Orchard Street in early 2014 – Coming Soon announced its relocation and grand reopening last week. Token pink neon signage now burns bright in the front window. The […]

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Gone are the Lulav Vendors of the Lower East Side

Last modified October 1, 2020 at 7:13 am

The traditional rush to pick up Lulav and Etrog – which always begins after Yom Kippur – is different this year on the Lower East Side. The old-time holdout vendors – who usually peddle at the confluence of Essex, Rutgers, and Canal Streets – are nowhere in sight. No tables, hustle, nor bustle. Their presence […]

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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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