Chinatown

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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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Mayor’s ‘Community-Based’ Jail Plan

Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the draft plan to replace the Rikers Island prison system over the next decade. As part of its so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers,” the city envisions glitzy new jail facilities in four of the five boroughs. Including one situated in downtown Manhattan, on the border of Chinatown. In a […]

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Chinatown Serial Burglar at Large; $30K Jewelry Already Stolen

Posted August 3, 2018 at 5:06 am

Two weeks ago, a serial burglar in Chinatown was collared for a string of jobs in the neighborhood. But a second one remains at large, and continues to target residents in the area, making off with at least $30,000 in jewelry. The 5th Precinct is currently seeking a suspect in connection with these residential heists, […]

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Teenage Suspect Arrested in Connection with Chinatown Burglary Spree

Posted July 25, 2018 at 5:03 am

The teenage suspect behind a string of recent Chinatown burglaries has been arrested, police sources say. Cops collared the 19-year-old burglar during a job last Saturday at 219 Mott Street. The victim reportedly found the guy inside her apartment and called the police. During his week-long crime spree, the crook allegedly struck at least six […]

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Chinatown Plagued by Spate of Burglaries

Posted July 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lock your doors. Hide your kids. Hide your wife. The 5th Precinct is warning residents about a spate of home burglaries in Chinatown over the past week. Police say that the suspect, described as an Hispanic male with medium build in his thirties, has struck at least six buildings so far. Four locations were reportedly […]

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Someone Dumped Oil on Fresh Doyers Street Asphalt Art [Updated]

Last modified July 17, 2018 at 4:13 pm

At first glance, it appears the locals are none too pleased with the new “Asphalt Art” mural underway on Doyers Street. A tipster sent in the enclosed photos showing the ruination of the piece in progress. “The Song of Dragons and Flowers,” painted by artist Chen Dongfan, is part of the Chinatown Partnership’s transformation of […]

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