70 Mulberry Street

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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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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City will Demolish, Redevelop Historic Chinatown School Building Ravaged by Fire

Posted March 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Chinatown building destroyed by a five-alarm fire in January will be demolished and redeveloped. The historic Public School 23, erected in 1892 and owned by the city, fell victim to the fire on its top three floors. Damage was severe, and it took firefighters more than a day to extinguish the inferno. Nine firefighters […]

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It’s Enough with the Film Crews in Chinatown [OP-ED]

Posted February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

For Chinatown, it’s a perfect storm. At a time when area businesses are reeling from the “Double-Whammy” of closed streets (due to the fire at 70 Mulberry) and tourists avoiding the area fearing Coronavirus, film productions are also taking away curbside parking. More than four blocks’ worth last Friday. Chinatown stores have long suffered a […]

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Rehab Begins for Fire-Ravaged School Building in Chinatown

Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:07 am

In the wake of the devastating fire at the old Public School 23 building in Chinatown, the cleanup and rehab is full throttle. City contractors starting assembling scaffolding at the scorched 70 Mulberry Street earlier this week. The web of bars is making its way up the whole structure ahead of imminent debris removal. Meanwhile, […]

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Mulberry Street Fire and Coronavirus Hysteria a Double-Whammy for Chinatown

Posted February 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

In the wake of a devastating fire, Chinatown is cleaning up, but nerves over Coronavirus is exacerbating the situation. It has been exactly two weeks since a five-alarm fire gutted the historic PS23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. Several community nonprofits and a senior center were displaced, each forced to find temporary refuge elsewhere in […]

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