Chinatown

Chinatown, LES, SoHo and NoHo Unite Against the City’s Agenda for Luxury Development [OP-ED]

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was co-written by the Chinatown Working Group and Village Preservation. The Chinatown Working Group, representing communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, stands together with SoHo and NoHo communities to oppose the City’s development agenda and its displacement consequences. The City’s proposed SoHo/NoHo Rezoning and rejection of community-led plans like the […]

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This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation. Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The volunteer effort to distribute […]

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The Benefits of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in Ethnic Enclaves like Chinatown

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

The state last week brought a pop-up vaccine site in the heart of Chinatown, which was well received by the community. Last Wednesday (March 24), Lieutenant Governor Kathy Holchul announced hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses would be made available to Chinatown residents and surrounding areas. Queues for appointments formed almost immediately at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent […]

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Suspect Arrested in Connection with Local Attacks on Asian Women Last Month

Posted March 18, 2021 at 5:07 am

Police arrested a man accused of attacking four Asian women on the Lower East Side over a two week period last month in February. 44-year-old Gilbert Mack was taken into custody last weekend in connection with the string of muggings, which began February 17 on Catherine Street. Bond was reportedly set at $50,000, with Mack […]

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Jing Fong Workers Protest Dining Room Closure and Rumored Shutdown

Posted March 4, 2021 at 5:09 am

Despite the brisk weather, several dozen union members and Jing Fong employees rallied Tuesday morning in front of the East West Bank on Centre Street to save save the iconic dim sum restaurant. Advocates called on the Chu family, which owns the Elizabeth Street property (and the aforementioned bank), to stop killing Chinatown and to keep […]

Electeds Descend Upon Chinatown to Rally Against Hate

Last modified March 2, 2021 at 6:33 am

In the aftermath of a string of (potential) anti-Asian crimes across the city, several hundred people attended a rally as a show of support. It was held in Foley Square, not far from the incident last Thursday, in which a random attack on a Chinese man with an eight-inch kitchen knife left him clinging to life in a […]

Unprovoked Stabbing on Worth Street has Chinatown on Edge

Last modified February 26, 2021 at 11:47 am

In an apparently random attack yesterday evening, a 36-year-old Chinese man was stabbed in the back, and severely injured, by Brooklyn resident Salman Muflihi. The attacker wielded an eight-inch knife in the incident outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse on Worth Street, then surrendered at the entrance of the Manhattan DA’s office on Hogan Place. […]

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Jing Fong Waiters Urge Landlord to Reinstate Dining Room

Posted February 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

Chinatown shook to its core last weekend upon news that Jing Fong is closing down its massive dining room next week (March 7). The restaurant will continue operating as a ghost kitchen to fulfill orders for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on its patio. They’re reportedly on a month-to-month lease. “With our drastic decline in […]

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Chinatown Bids Farewell to Photographer Corky Lee

Posted February 11, 2021 at 5:02 am

Chinatown bade final farewell to one of its favorite sons last Saturday with a hero’s send-off. It was a cold bright morning, and hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Chinatown for the funeral procession of photographer Corky Lee. As is Chinese custom, the route stopped at places of importance in Lee’s life. (The door of […]

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For Beloved Photographer Corky Lee, a Funeral Procession through his Achievements in Chinatown

Posted February 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Corky Lee, beloved photographer who focused his lens on Asian American culture, died last week after battling coronavirus. He was 74. Lockdown measures ultimately changed plans for the funeral. In lieu of an indoor memorial service, the family instead arranged for a procession through Chinatown, stopping at ten significant locations in Lee’s life. It will […]

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