Chinatown Jail

Report: If Asked, Mayor de Blasio Would Speak to Chinatown about Proposed Jail

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Is it possible that the mayor would come to Chinatown and field concerns about his proposed high-rise jail? During the weekly “Ask the Mayor” radio segment on WNYC two weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer that if the local councilmember in either of the affected four boroughs invited him to a community […]

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Chinatown Mobilizes to Oppose 40-Story Jail Tower on Centre Street

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

The natives are certainly restless. In Chinatown, that is. Area activist Karlin Chan organized a grassroots rally for tomorrow to protest the plan to construct a 40-story jail tower at 80 Centre Street. The impetus is owed largely to a purported lack of transparency regarding the proposal, especially during the prior Town Halls dedicated to […]

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Community Boards Hold Joint Meeting Over Chinatown High-Rise Jailhouse

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Hyperlocal pressure over the proposed “community-based” jailhouse for Chinatown has resulted in yet another public session. This one, a joint effort between the two affected Community Boards, will further open the floor for discussion. Community Boards 1 and 3 are set to host a joint event tonight to further unpack plans for the high-rise cell […]

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Responding to Wave of Opposition, City Hall to Host Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Proposal

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Residents and concerned citizens alike will now have a forum to both voice their misgivings and hold the city accountable for the potential new jailhouse at 80 Centre Street. The Manhattan Detention Center petition released last month seemed to nab the ears of enough local politicians; this past Monday, Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that the city […]

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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Mayor’s ‘Community-Based’ Jail Plan

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the draft plan to replace the Rikers Island prison system over the next decade. As part of its so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers,” the city envisions glitzy new jail facilities in four of the five boroughs. Including one situated in downtown Manhattan, on the border of Chinatown. In a […]

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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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