70 Mulberry Street

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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Fridays Under $40: Three Meals in Chinatown

Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

On Monday, when The New York Times reported on Chinatown’s outdoor dining scene, it was the first time I was happy to be scooped. The more we talk about Chinatown, the better. I live on Mulberry, just north of Canal and I’ve noticed it’s been slow to reopen compared to neighboring Little Italy and Noho […]

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Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

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Rallying Against Demolition of Century-Old School Building at 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Saturday afternoon, dozens of preservationists gathered outside 70 Mulberry Street to protest the demolition of a Chinatown relic. The former public school building that has served as a beacon of neighborhood nonprofits for decades. More than one hundred people congregated outside the fire-stricken structure. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also showed his support for the […]

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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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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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