Chinatown

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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Purported Rent Hike Pushes Chinatown’s ‘Sing Kee’ Out of Business

Posted October 5, 2018 at 5:11 am

The well-regarded Chinatown restaurant, Sing Kee Seafood, just went bust. Sing Kee served a family-style menu of traditional Cantonese comfort food. But it closed down for good in mid-September after roughly seven years on the Bowery. No announcement to patrons, just shuttered gates during business hours. The closure is reportedly another instance of a rent […]

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Rent Hike Forces Häagen-Dazs Out of Chinatown After 41 Years

Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

The longstanding Häagen-Dazs ice creamery in Chinatown will soon close its doors at the corner of Bayard and Mott Streets. The store has been at 53 Mott Street since 1977. A purported rent hike is the culprit, ending the decades-long tenure. The $10,000-per-month lease is up November 30, which doubles as the final day in […]

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Chinatown Locals ‘Erase the Hate’ of Insensitive Gate Murals

Last modified September 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm

One Los Angeles-based street artist angered residents in Chinatown for racially-insensitive caricatures across the neighborhood this weekend. Someone with the tag name Sickid1 imparted the controversial images on at least three store gates over the weekend – 34 Mott, 81 Allen, and 38 Allen Street. Outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan took it upon himself to […]

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Responding to Wave of Opposition, City Hall to Host Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Proposal

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

Residents and concerned citizens alike will now have a forum to both voice their misgivings and hold the city accountable for the potential new jailhouse at 80 Centre Street. The Manhattan Detention Center petition released last month seemed to nab the ears of enough local politicians; this past Monday, Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that the city […]

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