Chinatown

14-Story Commercial Condo Tops out on East Broadway

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Eight months of constant construction has yielded a new tower at the southwest corner of East Broadway and Pike Street. The new commercial condo building, flanked by cranes and construction equipment on a regular basis, just topped out this week at fourteen stories. Installation of the curtain wall (i.e. glass facade) is happening simultaneously. As […]

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D Train Countdown Clocks Finally Operational at Grand Street Station

Posted November 15, 2017 at 5:06 am

It’s safe to say that few people ever thought this day would come… The IND subway line is slowly getting connected. New countdown clocks installed on the platforms of the Grand Street station were switched on last week with timers. Other IND subway stations like Delancey Street and East Broadway sport the technology, but the […]

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Controversial Chinatown Gallery Exhibit Forges on Despite Accusations of ‘Poverty Porn’

Posted October 24, 2017 at 5:06 am

The James Cohan Gallery is not deterred by the vociferous opposition to its latest exhibit, which transformed the showroom into a “Chinese storefront.” Artist Omer Fast’s August will run its course through the end of the week (October 29). Last week, a grassroots action by the Chinatown Art Brigade protested the installation – what they called […]

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Revived ‘Lam Zhou’ Dumpling Mecca Opens on the Bowery

Posted October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chinatown dumpling darling Lam Zhou reopened this past Wednesday, returning to the ranks of the living with a much larger footprint. New headquarters is now at 40 Bowery, with a sign proclaiming that menu and ownership remains the same. The upgrade still preserves that no-frills setup, yet on a grander scale. Its long and narrow […]

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Beloved Chinatown Noodle House ‘Lam Zhou’ Rebounds on the Bowery

Posted September 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

Mourning Lam Zhou was apparently a bit hasty. You’ll recall that the beloved Chinatown noodle house departed 144 East Broadway in August after its lease expired. It was news that weighed heavy in the foodie circles, and obits were published all over the web. Rest easy, though. Looks like ownership wasted no time in scouting […]

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‘Yu Yu Spa’ on Grand Street Busted for Prostitution

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

That a Chinatown spa was busted for prostitution three weeks ago is further reinforcement of a cliche stereotype. Yet that’s precisely what happened at 297 Grand Street, where the Yu Yu Spa heretofore held down the basement space. A summons is currently duct-taped to the front door, and sits alongside the requisite closure stickers by way […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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East Broadway Noodle House ‘Lam Zhou’ is Shuttered

Posted August 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

The gates are drawn at 144 East Broadway. Popular Chinatown noodle house, Lam Zhou, just closed down its hole-in-the-wall dispensary. Fanatic customers are scrambling, concerned about the future of an establishment that offered what many considered some of the best dumplings this side of Chinatown. Word on the street is that the lease expired, and […]

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Chinatown Favorite Jing Fong’s UWS Dim Sum Spot Opens Today 

Posted July 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

Jing Fong, the enormous Cantonese banquet hall in Chinatown, now has a new uptown sibling. Ownership announced over the weekend that the Upper West Side dim sum spot, in the works for several months, is set to (soft) launch today. The slimmed-down version of same is about an eighth the size of the Elizabeth Street […]

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NYPD: Chinatown Streets Off Limits to ‘Placard Parking’

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is big. The 5th Precinct effectively announced that placard parking in Chinatown is a thing of the past. Flyers began circulating the neighborhood a couple weeks ago stating that streets in the area are a “permit free zone.” Chinatown activist Karlin Chan has been fighting the issue for years. Specifically, drivers who abused the […]

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