Chinatown

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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Hidden Gems: Chatting with Justin McKibben of Send Chinatown Love

Last modified June 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

If you’re breathing a sigh of relief that some of your beloved, off-the-grid Chinatown restaurants are still in business, Send Chinatown Love could be to thank. The volunteer-run organization is the brainchild of software engineer and Chinatown resident, Justin McKibben. McKibben, 27, along with 26 core volunteers, have helped raise over $20,000 for seven immigrant-owned […]

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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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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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Signs of Life Emerge in Chinatown as Mom-and-Pop Spots Reopen for Takeout [GUEST]

Posted May 15, 2020 at 5:04 am

The following guest post was penned by Sara Graham. In March, many of Chinatown’s affordable family-owned eateries shuttered temporarily. Not all New York City gems can be found on Seamless or Caviar, so it’s been hard to know how to support these businesses in the interim. With the advent of warmer weather and no definitive […]

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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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On Patrol with the Chinatown Block Watch

Posted May 11, 2020 at 5:06 am

Earlier this month, we broke news about the formation of a grassroots group of guardians in Chinatown. The Chinatown Block Watch. Through periodic patrols, the force aims to curb the uptick of harassment citywide against Asians – often blamed for the coronavirus pandemic. Bowery Boogie contributor Aidan Elias spent a recent afternoon embedded with Chinatown […]

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This Mott Street Bakery is Serving Free Hot Lunches to those in Need

Posted May 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

As the mandated lockdown drags towards its third month, and basic necessities remain scarce and overpriced, the need to feed Chinatown seniors and destitute are being addressed thanks to individuals and organizations stepping up. The struggle is real. With nearby local farms closing, prices for Chinese vegetables has increased, mainly due to added cost of […]

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