Chinatown

The Mayor Can Sell His Jail Plan Elsewhere, Chinatown’s Not Buying [OP-ED]

Last modified January 8, 2019 at 11:21 pm

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The charade continues.. You’ll recall Mayor de Blasio visited Chinatown on December 18 in yet another closed door meeting with community “stakeholders” about the “roadmap” to closing Rikers Island. The stunt was likely just a fulfillment of his boast on the Brian Lehrer show […]

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Listen to the Audio of Mayor’s Closed Door Meeting on High-Rise Chinatown Jail

Posted December 28, 2018 at 5:02 am

Mayor de Blasio spent last Tuesday morning in Chinatown at the behest of Councilwoman Margaret Chin to discuss revised plans for the post-Rikers community jail program, and how it will affect the neighborhood. The closed-door session was off-limits to the public at large, with only a handful of guests invited from select neighborhood organizations. (There […]

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‘Shanghai Dumpling’ Returns to Mott Street with New Name

Last modified December 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe has resumed operations in Chinatown after months on the sidelines. Back in business just in time for the holidays. Yet with a slight name change. It’s now known as Shanghai Dumpling. The dumpling house at 100 Mott Street closed back in April for unspecified “renovations.” Word on the street is that the […]

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97-Year Old Woman and Caretaker Critically Injured in Mott Street Blaze

Posted December 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

Yesterday afternoon, a three-alarm fire ripped through a Mott Street tenement in Chinatown, seriously injuring two residents. The fire sparked on the second floor of 113 Mott Street at 12:30pm, and quickly spread. Flames were seen shooting out the windows. It took a couple hours, but firefighters finally had the blaze under control by around […]

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Mayor Heads to Chinatown Today to Discuss Revised Jail Plan (Privately)

Posted December 18, 2018 at 5:02 am

Mayor de Blasio is headed to Chinatown this morning for a closed-door meeting to discuss the revised plans for a prison high-rise. The private meet-and-greet with Councilwoman Margaret Chin and other “community stakeholders” follows on the heels of Hizzoner’s cancelation of plans to redevelop 80 Centre Street into a 430-foot glassy jail complex. Nixing this […]

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There Were 2 Deadly Car Accidents in Chinatown within the Last Couple Weeks

Posted November 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

Within the short span of ten days, and a few blocks, there were two deadly auto collisions in Chinatown that killed unsuspecting pedestrians. The first occurred on November 15, when 90-year-old Ngan Leung was hit while crossing the Bowery at Bayard Street. The 66-year-old driver had been making a left turn, and Leung had the […]

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Mayor Nixes High-Rise Chinatown Jail at 80 Centre Street

Posted November 29, 2018 at 5:05 am

The proposal for a high-rise jail in Chinatown ended in major defeat yesterday. Mayor de Blasio threw in the towel, and is no longer considering the proposed 430-foot prison complex at 80 Centre Street. Nixing this site is owed largely to purported problems relocating the main occupant here, the city’s marriage bureau. The Mayor’s press […]

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City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

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Chinatown Pushes for Congressional Gold Medal to Honor Chinese American War Heroes

Posted November 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

This Saturday, folks will have a unique opportunity to attend an event that not only commemorates local veterans, but one that may help give these unsung heroes their deserved recognition in the eyes of the Federal government. Throughout United States history, over 16,000 Chinese Americans participated in all four theaters of World War II. As […]

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Lights Out: Columbus Park is Plunged into Darkness

Posted November 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Finding yourself in Columbus Park after nightfall might require the purchase of a flashlight. Indeed, nearly every light pole is out. There are approximately eighteen light fixtures that dot this heavily utilized Chinatown park, twelve of which are situated along Bayard Street. In the lower part of the park (near Worth), a single light burns. […]

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