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‘Welcome to Chinatown’ Co-founder Victoria Lee Starts Run for AD65 District Leader

Last modified June 4, 2021 at 9:47 am

Looks like the “old guard” in Chinatown politics is getting a challenge. Victoria Lee, who co-founded the “Welcome to Chinatown” initiative last February with Jennifer Tam, is throwing her name in the hat for Democratic district leader in the race against veteran Virginia Kee for Assembly District 65 Part D. Since its inception, Welcome to […]

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This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation. Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The volunteer effort to distribute […]

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The Benefits of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in Ethnic Enclaves like Chinatown

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

The state last week brought a pop-up vaccine site in the heart of Chinatown, which was well received by the community. Last Wednesday (March 24), Lieutenant Governor Kathy Holchul announced hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses would be made available to Chinatown residents and surrounding areas. Queues for appointments formed almost immediately at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent […]

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Corky Lee, Storied Photographer Who Chronicled Asian American Culture, Dies of Covid-19

Posted January 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Chinatown community this week mourns the passing of Corky Lee. News of his death early yesterday morning shocked at both the local and national levels. Lee lost the battle with Covid-19, and died in New York City. He was 74. Corky Lee, who identified as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” spent the better […]

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Chinatown Welcomes New Easy Access COVID-19 Testing Sites

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Finally a step in the right direction. Pop-up COVID-19 test sites opened in Chinatown yesterday, providing much-needed alternatives to locals seeking a swab. The sites – one at 62 Mott Street, and the other at Confucius Plaza – offer walk-in swab tests and antibodies tests. Center Laboratories is handling testing and results, which are emailed or texted […]

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Covid Killed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Phil Spector; Revisiting The Ronettes Outside Parisi Bakery

Last modified January 19, 2021 at 10:45 am

Phil Spector, the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer, music impresario, and convicted murderer, died on Saturday of purported complications from Covid-19 at the Health Care Facility in Stockton (California), after being transferred from prison. He was 81. Incarcerated for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, Spector would spend his final years behind bars. Which makes paying […]

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The Pandemic Newcomers to Chinatown Restaurant Scene

Last modified January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

Opening a new business is always risky but opening in the middle of a pandemic takes “cojones.” And that’s exactly what three Chinatown entrepreneurs did. Recall that the economic devastation in Chinatown already dates back one year. The onset of Covid-19 overseas caused sharp declines in revenue for most businesses already struggling to survive on […]

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Chinatown Fair Arcade in Danger of Eviction

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

During pandemic times, sharing buttons on game cabinets and sweating over dance games poses a difficult challenge for the remaining brick-and-mortar arcades. Especially the Chinatown Fair Arcade down on Mott Street. No stranger to survival – the 77-year-old arcade had shut for over a year before its revival in 2012 – Chinatown Fair now faces […]

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Aji Ichiban Flagship Vacates Mott Street

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

Another long-term Chinatown staple just closed its doors. Aji Ichiban cleared its shelves and vacated the flagship location at 37 Mott Street last week. Ending more than twenty years of retail on this spot. The Hong Kong-based candy chain counts franchises worldwide, but the Mott Street outpost was the first established on the east coast […]

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Chinatown Merchants Caught in the Middle of ‘Open Streets’ Fight [OP-ED]

Last modified September 4, 2020 at 6:57 am

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Chinatown businesses have suffered greatly since early January due to declining foot traffic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the citywide lockdown ordered two months later. Many Chinatown restaurant owners felt optimistic when the phased reopening of the city led to the “Open Restaurants” program, which allowed […]

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