Chinatown

Chinatown Jail Giveback: Sun Yat-Sen Statue Made Permanent in Columbus Park

Last modified October 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Excavation for the new foundation of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue started in Columbus Park this week. The work is part of a permanent podium that replaces what had been rusting the past eight years. It follows Mayor de Blasio’s highly touted, yet rare, Chinatown visit back in February during Lunar New Year celebrations in […]

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Here’s Why DOT Shouldn’t Move Forward with Hated Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Design [OP-ED]

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown “Gateway” marker. I was cautiously optimistic that Linda Lee’s “Dragon’s Roar” design would be scrapped due to unanimous local outrage and opposition, and that the selection […]

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At the Chinatown Vigil for Homeless Men Murdered on the Bowery

Last modified October 8, 2019 at 10:22 am

It was a moment of silence, shame, then a call to action. New York City could not sweep its homeless crisis under the rug Monday morning as a moment of silence at a vigil in Kimlau Square, Chinatown was deafening to those mourning the senseless murder of four homeless men by a 24-year-old attacker now […]

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Attacker Behind Bowery Bloodbath Charged with Murder; has More than a Dozen Prior Arrests

Posted October 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

Police yesterday charged 24-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos in connection with the brutal early morning murder of four homeless men on the Bowery a day earlier. Santos struck five times in the vicinity of Kimlau Square in Chinatown, bludgeoning to death four vagrants while they slept with a fifteen-pound rod of scrap metal. One victim survived […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Proliferation of ‘Disrespectful’ Film Shoots

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:07 am

The frequency of film shoots and the negative impacts on local residents is receiving renewed attention in the halls of City Council. Chinatown and the Lower East Side, in particular, are popular neighborhoods for productions due to that (rapidly disappearing) old New York feel. Have been for years, and are often a major interruption for […]

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With Eviction Underway, Bassanova Ramen on Mott Street is No More

Posted September 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

Popular Japanese import, Bassanova Ramen, is no more. The below-grade noodle shop at 76 Mott Street went out of business earlier this month. Legal papers are taped to the door signaling the formal eviction process brought by the landlord. Bassanova Ramen opened in Chinatown six years ago, and was highly regarded out of the gate. […]

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Decades-Old Chinatown Stalwarts, Including Yee Li, Close for Good

Posted August 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

A spate of mom-and-pop closures has plagued Chinatown. In the last month alone, three longtime businesses – each established for decades – succumbed to cutthroat real estate pressures. Yee Li, the old-school Chinese BBQ joint located at Bayard and, had been a neighborhood mainstay the last thirty-three years. It was once named New Big Wang, […]

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Patient at Chinatown Methadone Clinic Slashes Security Guard in the Face

Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

An altercation at a Chinatown methadone clinic yesterday morning led one patient to slash a security guard, police said. A patient of the Lower Eastside Service Center clinic at 62 East Broadway (west of Market) got into a tussle with the security guard onsite shortly before 10am yesterday morning. In response, the suspect reportedly slashed […]

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Chinatown is Not Equipped to Handle Heat Waves [OP-ED]

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

The heat wave from July 18-21 revealed serious concerns about Chinatown and other under-served communities where city cooling centers were nonexistent or out of reach for many. Chinatown had three cooling centers listed on the city’s official website. Yet, the most easily accessible one to seniors had a “members only” sign taped prominently to the […]

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Subway Stabbing Suspect Chased through Chinatown

Posted August 1, 2019 at 5:02 am

Cops tasered a knife-wielding straphanger in Chinatown Tuesday night, ending a wild chase after the suspect stabbed two men in a fight over a subway seat. Forty-year-old Ronald Cundiff fled the West 4 subway station at 7:30pm after allegedly stabbing two individuals aboard a downtown A train. According to a report in the Daily News, […]

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