Chinatown

Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

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Chatham Square Library Closed for ‘Building Repairs’ Until Next Month

Posted February 20, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Chatham Square Library is currently down for maintenance. The so-called “building repairs and improvements” are scheduled to last through February 29, with the library itself to reopen the following Monday (March 2). Until then, borrowers can return books and periodicals to the Seward Park branch just down East Broadway. The Chatham Square branch of […]

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It’s Enough with the Film Crews in Chinatown [OP-ED]

Posted February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

For Chinatown, it’s a perfect storm. At a time when area businesses are reeling from the “Double-Whammy” of closed streets (due to the fire at 70 Mulberry) and tourists avoiding the area fearing Coronavirus, film productions are also taking away curbside parking. More than four blocks’ worth last Friday. Chinatown stores have long suffered a […]

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Face Mask Price Gouging and Long Lines at Chinatown Post Offices Amidst Coronavirus Fears

Posted February 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

With elevated fears over Coronavirus gripping the world, many like myself, with family in China and Hong Kong, are worried about the shortage of surgical or N95 face masks overseas. While the masks themselves might not be sufficient protection against the virus, it does provide some measure of comfort. But as I discovered, buying these […]

Mulberry Street Fire and Coronavirus Hysteria a Double-Whammy for Chinatown

Posted February 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

In the wake of a devastating fire, Chinatown is cleaning up, but nerves over Coronavirus is exacerbating the situation. It has been exactly two weeks since a five-alarm fire gutted the historic PS23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. Several community nonprofits and a senior center were displaced, each forced to find temporary refuge elsewhere in […]

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With its Archives Destroyed by Fire, Chinatown Museum Raises $50K+ in Relief

Posted January 27, 2020 at 5:01 am

On the eve of Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire tore through an anchor of the Chinatown community. The decimation of 70 Mulberry Street was a major blow to the fabric of the community. The building – erected as Public School 23 in 1892 – has housed numerous cultural and social service organizations since […]

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Longtime Chinese Grocer on Rutgers Street is Closing Down

Posted January 9, 2020 at 5:05 am

The New Fuzhou Supermarket spent more than a decade holding down the southeast corner of Henry and Rutgers Streets. Not for much longer, though. The familiar leasing signs are now in place along the store frontage at 146 Henry. New Fuzhou was always a great place to observe and document street theater. From the hustlers […]

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City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

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Elderly ‘Canners’ Prove it’s Time to Raise the Bottle Deposit [OP-ED]

Last modified November 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

Canning. It sounds like a job in a processing plant, or maybe a sport. But it’s not; it’s a legit side hustle for many seniors to supplement social security or other benefits. We’ve all seen them on the downtown streets of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the financial district, lugging bagfuls or pushing heaping […]

Now Approved, Actually Building the Borough-Based Jails Might Take More than Political Wrangling [OP-ED]

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. As expected, City Council last month unanimously passed an unprecedented city-wide ULURP for the Mayor’s borough-based jail plan. Despite the lack of a concrete plan and the testimony of dozens calling for no new jails. So will these local jails ever get built? That […]

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