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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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Now Approved, Actually Building the Borough-Based Jails Might Take More than Political Wrangling [OP-ED]

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. As expected, City Council last month unanimously passed an unprecedented city-wide ULURP for the Mayor’s borough-based jail plan. Despite the lack of a concrete plan and the testimony of dozens calling for no new jails. So will these local jails ever get built? That […]

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Chinatown Jail Giveback: Sun Yat-Sen Statue Made Permanent in Columbus Park

Last modified October 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Excavation for the new foundation of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue started in Columbus Park this week. The work is part of a permanent podium that replaces what had been rusting the past eight years. It follows Mayor de Blasio’s highly touted, yet rare, Chinatown visit back in February during Lunar New Year celebrations in […]

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Mayor Should Call ‘Collect’ for Borough-Based Jail Plan [OP-ED]

Posted September 5, 2019 at 5:09 am

As expected, the City Planning Commission this week rubber-stamped the controversial jail plan which would see the closure of Rikers Island in favor of four new borough-based jails. Next up is today’s City Council ULURP hearing, which will likely amount to just another mass validation session. Question is, besides the unofficial “common sense” caucus among councilmembers, […]

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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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Is the Mayor Honoring Sun Yat-Sen to Neutralize Opposition to Proposed Chinatown Jail? [Op-Ed]

Last modified February 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. In a shameless display of “carrot dangling,” councilwoman Margaret Chin arranged for Mayor de Blasio to visit Chinatown during the Lunar New Year celebration last week (February 5). While delivering the usual New Year greetings, he announced two specific honors for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: […]

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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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