Bill de Blasio

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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City Suspends Graffiti Removal Program Amidst Budget Cuts

Posted July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

The illicit output of taggers and street artists will likely remain uncleansed, as the city suspended its graffiti-removal program. The $3 million Graffiti-Free NYC program, which power washes paint from the streets, had been suspended since March. However, as the de Blasio administration finds ways to bridge a $9 billion budget deficit, it’s now on […]

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Mayor’s Borough-Based Jail Plan Defunded $473M and Now on Hold

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

Grassroots groups in diametric opposition to the city’s borough-based jail plan this week declared victory at its delay. For now. Last week, City Council and Mayor de Blasio approved the $88.1 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. Within the accompanying report, the city mentioned, “Planned commitments for new borough-based jails have been reduced by […]

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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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Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:07 am

Not so fast. Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived. Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor […]

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How Might Phase 2 Outdoor Dining Affect the Oversaturated LES?

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The so-called Phase 2 of the reopening begins on Monday, and with it, the return of restaurant dining. Albeit modified. The “Open Restaurants” plan put forth by the city last week envisions outdoor seating to dot the streets and sidewalks through October. Also starting next month, restaurants can place seating on roads already closed to […]

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Mayor de Blasio Got Tested for Covid-19 on the Lower East Side

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mayor de Blasio made good on his promise to get tested for Covid-19. And he did so yesterday on the Lower East Side. The mayor posted a Twitter photo of his exam at Gouverneur Hospital yesterday afternoon, and came a day after he canceled public appearances due to illness. (The administration blamed a “stomach bug.”) […]

Mayor Shuts Down Schools and Nightlife to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted March 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The COVID-19 virus is eating its way through the populace like body snatchers. One by one, establishments are closing altogether. While Hell Square was packed with drunks, through the weekend rush, come Tuesday, it’ll be crickets. In the aftermath of the total shutdown of Hoboken this weekend – Mayor Ravinder Bhalla banned all restaurants from […]

City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

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De Blasio Suddenly Lovestruck over Chinatown as High-Rise Jail Plan Looms [OP-ED]

Posted March 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The Bill de Blasio-Margaret Chin sitcom’s latest episode raises interesting questions. Has Mayor de Blasio developed Chinatown fever? Or just a sudden taste for authentic chop suey? In his third neighborhood visit in as many weeks, last Thursday night he delivered Lunar New Year […]

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