Chinatown

Pols Taking Action to Curb Placard Parking Abuse in Downtown

Last modified June 12, 2018 at 7:11 am

Parking placard abuse is rampant downtown, more so in Chinatown, but today another step is being taken to help curb it. This morning, City Council’s Committee on Transportation will hear a litany of legislation on the issue, including a bill introduced by Councilwoman Margaret Chin “to define the number of violations that lead to the […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Yeah Shanghai Deluxe’ Back on its Feet After Burst Pipes Sidelined Business

Posted May 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

Fans of Yeah Shanghai Deluxe can rest easy today. After a few months on the sidelines, the Chinese restaurant at 50 Mott Street (not to be confused with the still-shuttered Shanghai Cafe Deluxe) is back on its feet. Shanghai Deluxe reopened for regular service on Tuesday. We’re told plumbing was at fault here. Apparently, frozen pipes in […]

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‘PanIQ’ Escape Room Shows Itself at 290 Grand Street

Posted May 1, 2018 at 5:07 am

The commercial ranks of 290 Grand Street are slowly filling out. Barely two months after Granddaddy Coffee opened in the cornershop, the remaining ground level interior is being fitted for a new Lower East Side escape room. As previously reported, Hungarian-based PanIQ signed a lease for 3,000 square-feet split between two ground-level stores and the […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Shanghai Cafe Deluxe’ Looks Like a Goner

Posted May 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe on Mott Street has been closed for well over a month, and faithful customers are worried it won’t return. Green posters affixed to 100 Mott Street announce a “temporary closure” to address nebulous “renovations.” Yet this could just be another instance of pulling the plug without the admission. Phone calls go unanswered, […]

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After Chinatown Protests, ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Headed to Foley Square

Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:06 am

The so-called “Dogman” fled Kimlau Square with the proverbial tail between its legs. When the Lunar Year of the Dog arrived back in February, controversy reached Chinatown with the proposed placement of a 900-pound anthropomorphic canine statue in a suit holding a red apple. Australian artists Gillie and Marc Shattner titled this seated, good-luck hound, […]

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‘Kopitiam’ Malaysian Cafe Revived with Larger East Broadway Presence

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:02 am

Kopitiam is still closed, but will soon return. The Canal Street snackshop has been out of commission since the end of December after a short tenancy of two years. Their two-year lease expired at the end of the year, and the landlord reportedly jacked the rent. A purported 25% increase that Kopitiam could not absorb. […]

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Those Plans for a Madison Street Microbrewery are Back in Play

Posted April 9, 2018 at 5:09 am

For one Bronx resident, the four-year-old dream of opening a microbrewery on the Lower East Side is back in play. Paolo Rico Sarthou Tagatac is the proprietor listed in liquor license application materials for a new microbrewery-restaurant on Madison Street, catty corner to Mr. Fong’s. Plans for this concept – a kitschy play on words […]

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Doyers Street Post Office Edges Closer to Honoring Chinese American Suffragette

Posted March 26, 2018 at 5:02 am

The months-long effort to rename a bustling Chinatown post office to honor an iconic twentieth century suffragette is one step closer to reality. Introduced in the fall by Congresswoman Nadia M. Velazquez (D-NY), the United States House of Representatives last week passed the bill to rename the 6 Doyers Street facility to Mabel Lee Memorial […]

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Vacate Order Partially Lifted After 85 Bowery Staircase Replaced

Posted March 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

Rehabilitation of 85 Bowery hit a snag this week after workers discovered asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. Presence of the carcinogen on the third and fourth floors means that the timetable to completion is now delayed. But the staircase is now complete, and the Department of Buildings acted in kind. The full vacate order […]

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Chinatown Honors Parkland School Massacre Hero Peter Wang

Posted February 21, 2018 at 5:03 am

A vigil was held yesterday afternoon in Kimlau Square to honor Brooklyn-born Peter Wang, who was tragically killed in the Parkland high school shooting last week. The gathering was organized by the United Fujian Association. Wang was a cadet in the U.S. Army’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When […]