Chinatown

Tombstone Secured for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted October 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Earlier this month marked one year since four homeless men were murdered while asleep on the Bowery. Since the anniversary, a fundraising campaign to secure a tombstone for one of the victims was successful. Chuen Kwok had fallen on hard times after the passing of his partner. He eventually found refuge living on the streets […]

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Friday’s Under $40: Ways To Feel Better

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:03 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. New York Magazine’s the Cut recently ran a funny-cuz-it’s true story about how our collective posture is getting worse by the day, due to myriad issues, among […]

Noodles no More: 88 Lan Zhou Closes on October 31

Posted October 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

For Chinatown favorite, 88 Lan Zhou, the brief reprieve is up. Closure is happening at month’s end. Despite a recent surge in sales and support. “With a heavy heart, we’re announcing that our final day of operations will be October 31,” the handwritten sign at 40 Bowery reads. The closure was also announced on Instagram […]

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The ‘Mahjong Social’ Mural on Orchard Street

Posted September 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The brick space made famous five years ago with Hanksy’s “Dump Trump” mural now carries a different message. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project imparted a new artwork – its second – at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. Dubbed “Mahjong Social,” the piece shows four pigeons playing the game together. It honors the Chinese […]

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Chinatown Street Sweepers Get Boost from Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Posted September 14, 2020 at 5:10 am

With street sweepers at a near standstill citywide these days, a group of volunteers continues to keep Chinatown clean. On their own dime. As previously reported, Chinatown activist Karlin Chan organized a weekly weekend gathering to remove litter and literally scrub down the grimy streets with brooms. Wiping away the garbage truck slime and greasy […]

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BMW Burns in Fiery Chinatown Inferno [VIDEO]

Posted September 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

Friday evening, a parked car in Chinatown erupted in flames, emitting plumes of dark smoke into the Lower East Side sky. The vehicle – a silver BMW sedan – was parked outside 114 Madison Street (near Market Street) when the fire happened. There were a few loud explosions, which were most likely the tires popping. […]

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Aji Ichiban Flagship Vacates Mott Street

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

Another long-term Chinatown staple just closed its doors. Aji Ichiban cleared its shelves and vacated the flagship location at 37 Mott Street last week. Ending more than twenty years of retail on this spot. The Hong Kong-based candy chain counts franchises worldwide, but the Mott Street outpost was the first established on the east coast […]

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Fridays Under $40: Send Chinatown Love’s Food Crawl

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. It’s been awhile since we chatted with the folks at Send Chinatown Love, the unofficial ambassadors of Chinatown’s mom-and-pop shops. Since the pandemic, they’ve been working hard […]

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Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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For Beloved 88 Lan Zhou, a Brief Reprieve

Posted August 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

For lovers of 88 Lan Zhou, a temporary reprieve. The popular Chinatown noodles spot had previously announced its final day in business as this past Saturday (August 15). However, ownership just “extended” the timeline to closure. A new final date was not provided in the Instagram post, only that it would be announced soon. Ownership […]

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