Chinatown

Chinatown Asks, Where’s the Beef? [OP-ED]

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

In scenes reminiscent of life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where long lines were the norm for basic necessities and food, the past couple weeks of coronavirus quarantine have shown a crack here at home. Despite federal and state leaders’ calls to remain calm and reassurances that there are bountiful supplies of meat, vegetables and […]

I May Survive Coronavirus, but My Friendships Won’t [OP-ED]

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:20 am

While I may survive the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my friendships won’t. As xenophobia grips the masses, racist attacks and harassment against Asians are on the rise at home and abroad. While many would condemn attacks or harassment on social media platforms, how many would intervene when it involves friends? Sadly, my guess is probably not […]

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This Chinatown Restaurant has been Disinfecting Tables After Each Customer

Posted March 16, 2020 at 5:08 am

Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary measures. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads fear and anxiety throughout the city, businesses large and small are beginning to feel the pinch of lost revenues as diners opt to eat in to avoid public places. For Chinatown businesses, which collectively suffered revenue drops of up to 70% in recent days, some […]

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Chinatown Restaurants Struggling in the Time of COVID-19

Last modified March 13, 2020 at 6:23 am

Chinatown businesses have taken a direct hit as a result of fear and xenophobia due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, even though there are no confirmed cases in the community. Four large-scale restaurants have announced temporary closings in order to survive the pandemic, which has scared away tourists and locals from Chinatown and large gathering […]

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Chinatown Fire Relief Fundraiser Planned for Displaced Businesses of 70 Mulberry Fire

Posted March 5, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Chinatown community is coming together to raise funds for the organizations displaced by the five-alarm fire at 70 Mulberry Street. The “Chinatown Fire Relief” fundraiser will feature a special performance by Juicy Liu; music by The NY Fox, Hailin Liu, Tin, and Dolltr!ck; and jewelry, paintings, and photography by Asian American artists. Assemblywomen Yuh […]

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City will Demolish, Redevelop Historic Chinatown School Building Ravaged by Fire

Posted March 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Chinatown building destroyed by a five-alarm fire in January will be demolished and redeveloped. The historic Public School 23, erected in 1892 and owned by the city, fell victim to the fire on its top three floors. Damage was severe, and it took firefighters more than a day to extinguish the inferno. Nine firefighters […]

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Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

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Chatham Square Library Closed for ‘Building Repairs’ Until Next Month

Posted February 20, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Chatham Square Library is currently down for maintenance. The so-called “building repairs and improvements” are scheduled to last through February 29, with the library itself to reopen the following Monday (March 2). Until then, borrowers can return books and periodicals to the Seward Park branch just down East Broadway. The Chatham Square branch of […]

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It’s Enough with the Film Crews in Chinatown [OP-ED]

Posted February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

For Chinatown, it’s a perfect storm. At a time when area businesses are reeling from the “Double-Whammy” of closed streets (due to the fire at 70 Mulberry) and tourists avoiding the area fearing Coronavirus, film productions are also taking away curbside parking. More than four blocks’ worth last Friday. Chinatown stores have long suffered a […]

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Face Mask Price Gouging and Long Lines at Chinatown Post Offices Amidst Coronavirus Fears

Posted February 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

With elevated fears over Coronavirus gripping the world, many like myself, with family in China and Hong Kong, are worried about the shortage of surgical or N95 face masks overseas. While the masks themselves might not be sufficient protection against the virus, it does provide some measure of comfort. But as I discovered, buying these […]