Chinatown

DOT Announces More ‘Asphalt Art’ for Chinatown Seasonal Streets

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

For the second year running, Doyers Street is the recipient of the alliterative Asphalt Art. The Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) is again joining forces with the Chinatown Partnership to paint the former “Bloody Angle.” Hangzhou artist Chen Dongfan was the first to paint the area last July, imparting a 4,851 square-foot mural […]

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It’s the End for these 2 Chinatown Bookstores

Posted May 3, 2019 at 5:04 am

Two relic Chinatown bookshops, with a collective half-century in business, are both finished. Oriental Books & Stationery packed up its books (literally) last weekend, signing off after some three decades on East Broadway. We’re told that the owner decided to retire and close down. The store at 29 East Broadway sold Cantonese and Mandarin periodicals, […]

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Is the Mayor Honoring Sun Yat-Sen to Neutralize Opposition to Proposed Chinatown Jail? [Op-Ed]

Last modified February 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. In a shameless display of “carrot dangling,” councilwoman Margaret Chin arranged for Mayor de Blasio to visit Chinatown during the Lunar New Year celebration last week (February 5). While delivering the usual New Year greetings, he announced two specific honors for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: […]

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City Honors Sun Yat-sen with Permanent Monument and Columbus Park Plaza Renaming

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:08 am

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, the City announced this week that wheels are in motion to permanently install the bronze statue of 20th-century revolutionary and founder of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. This public artwork has been on display since late 2011 in the north plaza of Columbus Park, and after getting […]

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The Mayor Can Sell His Jail Plan Elsewhere, Chinatown’s Not Buying [OP-ED]

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The charade continues.. You’ll recall Mayor de Blasio visited Chinatown on December 18 in yet another closed door meeting with community “stakeholders” about the “roadmap” to closing Rikers Island. The stunt was likely just a fulfillment of his boast on the Brian Lehrer show […]

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Listen to the Audio of Mayor’s Closed Door Meeting on High-Rise Chinatown Jail

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Mayor de Blasio spent last Tuesday morning in Chinatown at the behest of Councilwoman Margaret Chin to discuss revised plans for the post-Rikers community jail program, and how it will affect the neighborhood. The closed-door session was off-limits to the public at large, with only a handful of guests invited from select neighborhood organizations. (There […]

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‘Shanghai Dumpling’ Returns to Mott Street with New Name

Last modified December 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe has resumed operations in Chinatown after months on the sidelines. Back in business just in time for the holidays. Yet with a slight name change. It’s now known as Shanghai Dumpling. The dumpling house at 100 Mott Street closed back in April for unspecified “renovations.” Word on the street is that the […]

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97-Year Old Woman and Caretaker Critically Injured in Mott Street Blaze

Posted December 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

Yesterday afternoon, a three-alarm fire ripped through a Mott Street tenement in Chinatown, seriously injuring two residents. The fire sparked on the second floor of 113 Mott Street at 12:30pm, and quickly spread. Flames were seen shooting out the windows. It took a couple hours, but firefighters finally had the blaze under control by around […]

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Mayor Heads to Chinatown Today to Discuss Revised Jail Plan (Privately)

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

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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