Mott Street

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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Fridays Under $40: Send Chinatown Love’s Food Crawl

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. It’s been awhile since we chatted with the folks at Send Chinatown Love, the unofficial ambassadors of Chinatown’s mom-and-pop shops. Since the pandemic, they’ve been working hard […]

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Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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Mayor de Blasio Visits Chinatown, Eats at Wo Hop in Publicity Stunt

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:06 am

Mayor de Blasio visited Chinatown yesterday to push the message that “New York City is open for business (and delicious).” His publicity stunt included an entourage of six commissioners from various administration posts (Human rights, International Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Media, Small business). The tour began with greetings at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, then […]

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The Volunteer Street Sweepers Scrubbing the Streets of Chinatown

Posted July 31, 2020 at 5:02 am

In Chinatown, street sweeping has gone back to its literal roots. For the last several weeks, a small platoon of locals took on the responsibility of scrubbing down the main streets in Chinatown. It’s a weekly activity – early Saturday mornings – to help keep the setting clean for outdoor diners at the local restaurants. […]

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How the Coronavirus Brought Chinatown to its Knees [OP-ED]

Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:05 am

Dark days are on the horizon. The initial tally of Chinatown restaurant closures the last few months isn’t pretty, with many local favorites falling victim to the Covid-19 lockdown. The novel coronavirus started taking an early toll on Chinatown restaurants and other businesses back in December 2019 when news from overseas broke on the outbreak. […]

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Wo Hop Returns Today for Takeout Orders

Posted July 13, 2020 at 5:07 am

A beloved Chinatown institution reopens this week, so hop to it. Two flyers taped outside of the Wo Hop basement location at 17 Mott Street state they’ll be open for takeout starting today, from 10:30am to 8:00pm. Their new website is up and running for online orders. If you don’t see your favorite on the […]

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Hidden Gems: Chatting with Justin McKibben of Send Chinatown Love

Last modified June 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

If you’re breathing a sigh of relief that some of your beloved, off-the-grid Chinatown restaurants are still in business, Send Chinatown Love could be to thank. The volunteer-run organization is the brainchild of software engineer and Chinatown resident, Justin McKibben. McKibben, 27, along with 26 core volunteers, have helped raise over $20,000 for seven immigrant-owned […]

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With Uptick in Crimes Against Asians, Mayor’s ‘Bias Crimes’ Forum is Biased [OP-ED]

Posted May 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

Did this just happen? Chinese, and Asians in general, have been the target of xenophobia and racial harassment since the outbreak of Covid-19. Locally in New York City, there have been several attacks that hit the mainstream media, including: A man harassed an Asian straphanger, repeatedly ordering him to move, then sprayed him with Febreze; […]

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