Chinatown

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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Chinatown Jail Giveback: Sun Yat-Sen Statue Made Permanent in Columbus Park

Last modified October 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Excavation for the new foundation of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue started in Columbus Park this week. The work is part of a permanent podium that replaces what had been rusting the past eight years. It follows Mayor de Blasio’s highly touted, yet rare, Chinatown visit back in February during Lunar New Year celebrations in […]

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Here’s Why DOT Shouldn’t Move Forward with Hated Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Design [OP-ED]

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown “Gateway” marker. I was cautiously optimistic that Linda Lee’s “Dragon’s Roar” design would be scrapped due to unanimous local outrage and opposition, and that the selection […]

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At the Chinatown Vigil for Homeless Men Murdered on the Bowery

Last modified October 8, 2019 at 10:22 am

It was a moment of silence, shame, then a call to action. New York City could not sweep its homeless crisis under the rug Monday morning as a moment of silence at a vigil in Kimlau Square, Chinatown was deafening to those mourning the senseless murder of four homeless men by a 24-year-old attacker now […]

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Attacker Behind Bowery Bloodbath Charged with Murder; has More than a Dozen Prior Arrests

Posted October 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

Police yesterday charged 24-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos in connection with the brutal early morning murder of four homeless men on the Bowery a day earlier. Santos struck five times in the vicinity of Kimlau Square in Chinatown, bludgeoning to death four vagrants while they slept with a fifteen-pound rod of scrap metal. One victim survived […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Proliferation of ‘Disrespectful’ Film Shoots

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:07 am

The frequency of film shoots and the negative impacts on local residents is receiving renewed attention in the halls of City Council. Chinatown and the Lower East Side, in particular, are popular neighborhoods for productions due to that (rapidly disappearing) old New York feel. Have been for years, and are often a major interruption for […]

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With Eviction Underway, Bassanova Ramen on Mott Street is No More

Posted September 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

Popular Japanese import, Bassanova Ramen, is no more. The below-grade noodle shop at 76 Mott Street went out of business earlier this month. Legal papers are taped to the door signaling the formal eviction process brought by the landlord. Bassanova Ramen opened in Chinatown six years ago, and was highly regarded out of the gate. […]

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Decades-Old Chinatown Stalwarts, Including Yee Li, Close for Good

Posted August 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

A spate of mom-and-pop closures has plagued Chinatown. In the last month alone, three longtime businesses – each established for decades – succumbed to cutthroat real estate pressures. Yee Li, the old-school Chinese BBQ joint located at Bayard and, had been a neighborhood mainstay the last thirty-three years. It was once named New Big Wang, […]

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