Chinatown

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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At Gouverneur Hospital for Covid Testing, but Where are the Chinese Translators?

Last modified February 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

While on line last week for another Covid test at the Medlabs pop-up on Mott Street, I struck up conversation with several elderly women and discovered the testing site at the nearby Gouverneur Hospital lacked sufficient translation staff. Feeling this unacceptable, I decided to go undercover. A few days later, I took the risk; I […]

Four Surrender in Connection with Chinatown Bus Beatdown on Canal Street

Posted February 1, 2021 at 5:01 am

Two men and two women surrendered to police on Friday in connection to the broad-daylight attack on a man who police said was beaten, slashed, and stripped of his clothes in Chinatown last week. The victim, Walter Ward, exited a Chinatown bus (Panda NY) when a group of thirteen men and women jumped him in the […]

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Corky Lee, Storied Photographer Who Chronicled Asian American Culture, Dies of Covid-19

Posted January 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Chinatown community this week mourns the passing of Corky Lee. News of his death early yesterday morning shocked at both the local and national levels. Lee lost the battle with Covid-19, and died in New York City. He was 74. Corky Lee, who identified as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” spent the better […]

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In Chinatown, it’s Elders Lost in Vaccination

Posted January 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

As the nation’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 400,000, news of mass vaccination sites opening across New York city is certainly welcome. However, securing an appointment is proving a daunting task. The mayor previously stressed equity in treatment for vaccination, which is rolled out in phases. Yet, with the mandate that all appointments require online registration, […]

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Chinatown Welcomes New Easy Access COVID-19 Testing Sites

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Finally a step in the right direction. Pop-up COVID-19 test sites opened in Chinatown yesterday, providing much-needed alternatives to locals seeking a swab. The sites – one at 62 Mott Street, and the other at Confucius Plaza – offer walk-in swab tests and antibodies tests. Center Laboratories is handling testing and results, which are emailed or texted […]

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New Year, Wrong Stamp for USPS Commemorative Postage [OP-ED]

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:19 am

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, the U.S. Postal Service released its annual commemorative stamp to honor the holiday. Yet, the new postage seriously misses the mark, is wrong on many levels. The Lunar New Year – observed this year on February 12 – is celebrated by several Asian cultures, but it’s difficult to […]

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Stringer Promises ‘Fair Share’ of PPP for City Businesses

Posted January 14, 2021 at 5:05 am

City Comptroller (and mayoral candidate) Scott Stringer held a press conference yesterday at the Chinatown kiosk on Canal Street, announcing a plan to funnel federal Payroll Protection (PPP) dollars to New York city businesses. It certainly triggered an uncomfortable memory of last year’s PPP fiasco. The first round of PPP went into effect just a […]

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The Pandemic Newcomers to Chinatown Restaurant Scene

Last modified January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

Opening a new business is always risky but opening in the middle of a pandemic takes “cojones.” And that’s exactly what three Chinatown entrepreneurs did. Recall that the economic devastation in Chinatown already dates back one year. The onset of Covid-19 overseas caused sharp declines in revenue for most businesses already struggling to survive on […]

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