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Community Boards Hold Joint Meeting Over Chinatown High-Rise Jailhouse

Posted September 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

Hyperlocal pressure over the proposed “community-based” jailhouse for Chinatown has resulted in yet another public session. This one, a joint effort between the two affected Community Boards, will further open the floor for discussion. Community Boards 1 and 3 are set to host a joint event tonight to further unpack plans for the high-rise cell […]

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Responding to Wave of Opposition, City Hall to Host Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Proposal

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

Residents and concerned citizens alike will now have a forum to both voice their misgivings and hold the city accountable for the potential new jailhouse at 80 Centre Street. The Manhattan Detention Center petition released last month seemed to nab the ears of enough local politicians; this past Monday, Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that the city […]

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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Mayor’s ‘Community-Based’ Jail Plan

Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the draft plan to replace the Rikers Island prison system over the next decade. As part of its so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers,” the city envisions glitzy new jail facilities in four of the five boroughs. Including one situated in downtown Manhattan, on the border of Chinatown. In a […]

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‘Golden Bridge Yoga’ will Permanently Shutter Next Month

Posted February 28, 2018 at 5:08 am

After a decade in Little Italy, the popular Golden Bridge Yoga studio is closing down at the end of next month. Regulars first alerted us to the closure this week, and the company posted the announcement on its Facebook page. It’s not clear why the establishment is shuttering, yet the last day at 253 Centre […]

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The ‘Secret’ Tunnel Beneath the 1909 Police Headquarters at 240 Centre Street

Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

One of the most beautiful architectural structures in all of New York City – no, not arguably – is the landmarked, Beaux Arts-style behemoth at 240 Centre Street. Long before its conversion to high-end condos in the mid-eighties, the facility functioned as police headquarters. (At least it’s still standing, even as a condo.) Below is a snippet […]

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Today in LES History: Forerunner of Con Edison Receives its Charter from the State

Posted March 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

On this day in… 1823 – The New York Gas Light Company received its charter from the State Legislature. Headquartered at 102 Centre Street, the utility was tasked with replacing the whale-oil street lamps which were common since the 1760s. Their reach was the territory south of Grand Street. The advent of electric lighting in […]

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Take a Ride Through the Turn-of-the-Century Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

This unique drive-by film job is over one hundred years old. And it’s rather stunning. The found footage offers a brief glipmse of Lower East Side life shortly after the turn of the last century. It’s difficult to definitively determine the exact neighborhood locations, but after poring over the piece for some time, our best […]

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Deranged Man Wields 16-Inch Sword in Chinatown

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Last week, a 35-year-old Kips Bay resident was spotted carrying a 16-inch curved sword around Chinatown. Morgan Soto reportedly entered a Chinese buffet at Howard and Centre Streets armed for battle. The erratic actions caught the attention of a nearby traffic cop who gave chase and called for backup. An ambulance carted him away for a […]

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Early Morning Collision at Centre and Walker

Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

The Counterfeit Triangle in Chinatown is certainly prone to car accidents, and there has been no shortage of those in recent months. Remember the driver who suffered a seizure and plowed into an accessory shop? Or last week on Canal Street, when National Guard trucks reportedly ran the red and plowed over an elderly man […]