Chinatown

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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Art-Driven Pedestrian Plaza to Seal Doyers Street Next Month

Posted July 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

For the second year running, the so-called “Bloody Angle” is temporarily closed to traffic. The Chinatown Partnership (a business improvement district) sealed Doyers Street during daytime hours to create a pedestrian plaza. As part of the initiative, the Partnership tapped Hangzhou artist Chen Dongfan to paint the 4,851 square-foot street mural – so-called “Asphalt Art” […]

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Are Those ‘Big Belly’ Trash Bins Even Effective?

Posted July 3, 2018 at 5:03 am

The Big Belly trash receptacles around town are, for the most part, rather useless. One need only walk past a given street corner to spot an overflowing garbage tower on, near, or in the unit itself. For good reason. Simply put, the average city pedestrian might not want to pull down that sticky, disgusting handle […]

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Pols Taking Action to Curb Placard Parking Abuse in Downtown

Last modified June 12, 2018 at 7:11 am

Parking placard abuse is rampant downtown, more so in Chinatown, but today another step is being taken to help curb it. This morning, City Council’s Committee on Transportation will hear a litany of legislation on the issue, including a bill introduced by Councilwoman Margaret Chin “to define the number of violations that lead to the […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Yeah Shanghai Deluxe’ Back on its Feet After Burst Pipes Sidelined Business

Posted May 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

Fans of Yeah Shanghai Deluxe can rest easy today. After a few months on the sidelines, the Chinese restaurant at 50 Mott Street (not to be confused with the still-shuttered Shanghai Cafe Deluxe) is back on its feet. Shanghai Deluxe reopened for regular service on Tuesday. We’re told plumbing was at fault here. Apparently, frozen pipes in […]

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‘PanIQ’ Escape Room Shows Itself at 290 Grand Street

Posted May 1, 2018 at 5:07 am

The commercial ranks of 290 Grand Street are slowly filling out. Barely two months after Granddaddy Coffee opened in the cornershop, the remaining ground level interior is being fitted for a new Lower East Side escape room. As previously reported, Hungarian-based PanIQ signed a lease for 3,000 square-feet split between two ground-level stores and the […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Shanghai Cafe Deluxe’ Looks Like a Goner

Posted May 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe on Mott Street has been closed for well over a month, and faithful customers are worried it won’t return. Green posters affixed to 100 Mott Street announce a “temporary closure” to address nebulous “renovations.” Yet this could just be another instance of pulling the plug without the admission. Phone calls go unanswered, […]

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After Chinatown Protests, ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Headed to Foley Square

Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:06 am

The so-called “Dogman” fled Kimlau Square with the proverbial tail between its legs. When the Lunar Year of the Dog arrived back in February, controversy reached Chinatown with the proposed placement of a 900-pound anthropomorphic canine statue in a suit holding a red apple. Australian artists Gillie and Marc Shattner titled this seated, good-luck hound, […]

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‘Kopitiam’ Malaysian Cafe Revived with Larger East Broadway Presence

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:02 am

Kopitiam is still closed, but will soon return. The Canal Street snackshop has been out of commission since the end of December after a short tenancy of two years. Their two-year lease expired at the end of the year, and the landlord reportedly jacked the rent. A purported 25% increase that Kopitiam could not absorb. […]

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