Mott Street

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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Running for Chinatown Amidst a Pandemic

Posted May 12, 2020 at 5:05 am

Chinatown shopkeepers and restaurateurs have seen a steep decline in business since January, largely the result of xenophobia related to the Covid-19 outbreak overseas, as well as the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street. Tourism to the neighborhood dropped in the ensuing months to levels not seen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with restaurants cutting […]

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This Mott Street Bakery is Serving Free Hot Lunches to those in Need

Posted May 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

As the mandated lockdown drags towards its third month, and basic necessities remain scarce and overpriced, the need to feed Chinatown seniors and destitute are being addressed thanks to individuals and organizations stepping up. The struggle is real. With nearby local farms closing, prices for Chinese vegetables has increased, mainly due to added cost of […]

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Family-Owned Italian Eateries Still Stayin’ Alive on Mott Street

Last modified April 23, 2020 at 10:51 am

The COVID-19 shutdown has devastated myriad mom-and-pops, often rent-burdened, throughout the city. News reports of legendary bars and restaurants going out of business appear on an almost daily basis. Nothing is immune. Even well-established eateries with several locations, and with the advantage of digital marketing campaigns, have closed their doors during the lockdown. But on […]

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Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

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First Look at Uncle Boons Offshoot ‘Thai Diner’ on Kenmare

Last modified January 14, 2020 at 7:41 am

Critics’ downtown favorite Uncle Boons is on the precipice of expansion. Southbound and down. Its Thai Diner offshoot is almost ready to go at 186 Mott Street. Word on the street is any day now. Initial target opening had been October 2019. Now, it’s anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, storefront itself – previously home to short-lived The […]

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With Eviction Underway, Bassanova Ramen on Mott Street is No More

Posted September 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

Popular Japanese import, Bassanova Ramen, is no more. The below-grade noodle shop at 76 Mott Street went out of business earlier this month. Legal papers are taped to the door signaling the formal eviction process brought by the landlord. Bassanova Ramen opened in Chinatown six years ago, and was highly regarded out of the gate. […]

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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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