Mulberry Street

Community Protests City’s Demolition of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s been five months since a devastating fire tore through the historic PS 23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. And with the city amidst full demolition – permits were approved this month – area preservationists are rallying to save what’s left. Neighbors argue that there is a total lack of transparency regarding the demolition and […]

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In Controversial Move, City Files Plans to Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

While the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and mayor’s office continued an apparent charade of “community engagement” at Community Board 3, the city quietly filed plans with Department of Buildings to demolish the PS23 facility at 70 Mulberry Street. Even though some Chinatown residents believe a full demolition would yield a swanky new building within […]

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Aerial Photos Call into Question City’s Decision to Fully Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 1, 2020 at 5:08 am

On the evening of January 23, as Chinatown residents prepared for the Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire decimated the former PS23 at 70 Mulberry Street. Nearly five months later, many in the neighborhood continue to question the city’s choice to fully demolish the facility. Especially after the emergence of aerial photos showing the […]

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Displaced Tenants of 70 Mulberry Street Issue Statement on Demolition and Redevelopment

Posted May 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

In the wake of a divisive Community Board 3 meeting, in which preservationists were pitted against a desire for return, the displaced tenants of 70 Mulberry Street came together yesterday and issued a joint statement about shared priorities moving forward. Many in the Chinatown community feel that the city, owner of the fire-scorched former school […]

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The City is Demolishing 70 Mulberry Street without Chinatown Input

Last modified May 26, 2020 at 6:50 am

Four months after a devastating five-alarm fire, it seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball. The Department of Buikdings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services together Plan full demolition, without community input. Roughly a dozen concerned Chinatown residents “attended” the Community Board 3 Land Use committee meeting last […]

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Little Italy

Posted May 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

In the P.P. (pre-pandemic) era, Little Italy was bustling with a constant stream of tourists, drunk birthday party revelers, and a smattering of hosts belting out Frank Sinatra tunes. Perhaps this is why the last two months have felt particularly dead on the iconic stretch of Mulberry Street. Home to several independently owned, multi-generational restaurants […]

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Fire-Ravaged 70 Mulberry Street Could Become 20-Story Tower

Last modified April 20, 2020 at 11:01 am

With all eyes focused on the Covid-19 pandemic – response and death toll – it seems the mayor may have pulled another fast one on Chinatown. While the community abides by the Governor’s “Stay at Home” directive, crews have been busy these last few weeks at 70 Mulberry Street, where a five-alarm blaze destroyed the […]

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Emergency Rehab of Burned-out 70 Mulberry Street Resumes

Posted April 1, 2020 at 5:06 am

Chinatown, and the city at large, is increasingly becoming a ghost town, devoid of pedestrians and traffic. Yet, despite the COVID-19 shutdown, work continues at the former PS23, where a devastating five-alarm fire gutted its top floors in January. The project site is apparently considered an emergency, and granted an exception to Governor Cuomo’s executive […]

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Nonprofits Pick up the Pieces After the Devastating Chinatown Fire

Posted March 10, 2020 at 5:07 am

City contractors on Sunday began the task of retrieval at 70 Mulberry Street, where a five-alarm fire decimated the 128-old school building. After weeks of clearing debris and stabilizing weakened floors and ceilings, the site is safe enough to dig for surviving archives from the Museum of Chinese in America, as well as materials salvaged […]

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Chinatown Fire Relief Fundraiser Planned for Displaced Businesses of 70 Mulberry Fire

Posted March 5, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Chinatown community is coming together to raise funds for the organizations displaced by the five-alarm fire at 70 Mulberry Street. The “Chinatown Fire Relief” fundraiser will feature a special performance by Juicy Liu; music by The NY Fox, Hailin Liu, Tin, and Dolltr!ck; and jewelry, paintings, and photography by Asian American artists. Assemblywomen Yuh […]

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