Mott Street

Chinatown is Not Equipped to Handle Heat Waves [OP-ED]

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

The heat wave from July 18-21 revealed serious concerns about Chinatown and other under-served communities where city cooling centers were nonexistent or out of reach for many. Chinatown had three cooling centers listed on the city’s official website. Yet, the most easily accessible one to seniors had a “members only” sign taped prominently to the […]

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‘Eye Genius’ Takes Over Former Chinatown Häagen-Dazs on Mott Street

Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:02 am

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … eye screenings. Such is the retail trajectory of Mott Street. What was formerly a Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop is now yet another Chinatown optical store. Signage for Eye Genius arrived at 57 Mott last week. As previously reported, this Häagen-Dazs outpost opened its doors at Mott and […]

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‘Nolita Chemists’ Pharmacy Done in by Massive Rent Hike After 30 Years

Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Little Italy is losing more of its local character with the imminent departure of a long-running mom-and-pop pharmacy. Nolita Chemists is two weeks from demise, we’re told, with a lease renewal that apparently went south. The management company for the federally subsidized complex reportedly doubled the monthly rent on the store from $8,000 to $16,000. […]

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‘The Sosta’ by ESquared Fails After Little More than a Year

Posted January 4, 2019 at 5:09 am

When The Sosta debuted on Mott Street in July 2017, the fast-casual Italian spot was heralded as the next best from hospitality giant ESquared. Tons of hype gushed through the foodie trades. However, the magic of its other hit, By Chloe, seemingly didn’t rub off. The Sosta closed down last month, concluding just over a […]

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‘Shanghai Dumpling’ Returns to Mott Street with New Name

Last modified December 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe has resumed operations in Chinatown after months on the sidelines. Back in business just in time for the holidays. Yet with a slight name change. It’s now known as Shanghai Dumpling. The dumpling house at 100 Mott Street closed back in April for unspecified “renovations.” Word on the street is that the […]

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97-Year Old Woman and Caretaker Critically Injured in Mott Street Blaze

Posted December 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

Yesterday afternoon, a three-alarm fire ripped through a Mott Street tenement in Chinatown, seriously injuring two residents. The fire sparked on the second floor of 113 Mott Street at 12:30pm, and quickly spread. Flames were seen shooting out the windows. It took a couple hours, but firefighters finally had the blaze under control by around […]

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Rent Hike Forces Häagen-Dazs Out of Chinatown After 41 Years

Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

The longstanding Häagen-Dazs ice creamery in Chinatown will soon close its doors at the corner of Bayard and Mott Streets. The store has been at 53 Mott Street since 1977. A purported rent hike is the culprit, ending the decades-long tenure. The $10,000-per-month lease is up November 30, which doubles as the final day in […]

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Protesting ‘Abortion Shaming’ at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mott Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 6, 2018 at 5:06 am

The grassroots New York City for Abortion Rights advocacy group held a protest outside the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Little Italy early Saturday morning. While it wasn’t immediately evident why the historic house of worship was singled out, the group’s social media channels allege that the church organizes parishioners to “shame” and “intimidate” patients […]

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Teenage Suspect Arrested in Connection with Chinatown Burglary Spree

Posted July 25, 2018 at 5:03 am

The teenage suspect behind a string of recent Chinatown burglaries has been arrested, police sources say. Cops collared the 19-year-old burglar during a job last Saturday at 219 Mott Street. The victim reportedly found the guy inside her apartment and called the police. During his week-long crime spree, the crook allegedly struck at least six […]

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Exhuming ‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery on Mott Street [VIDEO]

Posted July 20, 2018 at 5:09 am

Thump-thumpthump-thwack. The night we met I knew I needed you so… It’s one of the most iconic song openers in pop history, and it’s inextricably linked to Little Italy. Both in song and film. Director and native son, Martin Scorsese, famously synchronized “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes to the opening credits of Mean Streets. […]

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