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The Mayor Can Sell His Jail Plan Elsewhere, Chinatown’s Not Buying [OP-ED]

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The charade continues.. You’ll recall Mayor de Blasio visited Chinatown on December 18 in yet another closed door meeting with community “stakeholders” about the “roadmap” to closing Rikers Island. The stunt was likely just a fulfillment of his boast on the Brian Lehrer show […]

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Listen to the Audio of Mayor’s Closed Door Meeting on High-Rise Chinatown Jail

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Mayor de Blasio spent last Tuesday morning in Chinatown at the behest of Councilwoman Margaret Chin to discuss revised plans for the post-Rikers community jail program, and how it will affect the neighborhood. The closed-door session was off-limits to the public at large, with only a handful of guests invited from select neighborhood organizations. (There […]

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Mayor Heads to Chinatown Today to Discuss Revised Jail Plan (Privately)

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Mayor de Blasio is headed to Chinatown this morning for a closed-door meeting to discuss the revised plans for a prison high-rise. The private meet-and-greet with Councilwoman Margaret Chin and other “community stakeholders” follows on the heels of Hizzoner’s cancelation of plans to redevelop 80 Centre Street into a 430-foot glassy jail complex. Nixing this […]

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Mayor Nixes High-Rise Chinatown Jail at 80 Centre Street

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

The proposal for a high-rise jail in Chinatown ended in major defeat yesterday. Mayor de Blasio threw in the towel, and is no longer considering the proposed 430-foot prison complex at 80 Centre Street. Nixing this site is owed largely to purported problems relocating the main occupant here, the city’s marriage bureau. The Mayor’s press […]

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Chinatown Could See Influx of 1,500 Rikers Inmates

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that his administration is proceeding with the closure of Rikers Island. Inmates will instead be relocated to four community-based facilities across the boroughs, clearing the way to shut the jail. One of which is located in Chinatown, which has many in the community up in arms. Rumor has it […]

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Exhuming the Classic Mudd Club, ‘Scene of the Crime’ in the Late ’70s

Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:55 am

In the canon of New York City nightlife, the Mudd Club might have made fewer headlines than, say, Studio 54 or CBGB, but it was one of the coolest places on earth. Opening its doors officially on Halloween in 1978 and closing in 1983, the loft-turned-nightclub was located in TriBeCa (before most people knew the […]

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