Coronavirus

Small Business Owners ‘Permanently Close’ to Demand COVID Relief

Posted February 25, 2021 at 5:08 am

Local small business groups, along with the Cooper Square Committee, East Village Community Coalition, and Village Preservation are hosting a rally today in the name of economic survival. It’s part of a statewide week of activism to find commercial rent relief in the city. With that, businesses who fear forever closure due to rent burdens […]

CB3 Signals Approval of Parkside Lounge Rooftop Expansion

Posted February 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

Parkside Lounge now has official community backing for its rooftop expansion. Operating at the corner of East Houston and Attorney Streets since 1997, the bar is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. To alleviate, it’s headed upstairs with a plan to add seating on the rooftop of the one-story building. Co-owner Christopher Lee […]

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Cuomo Says You Can Finally See Movies Again in the City Starting Next Week

Posted February 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that movie theaters across the Five Boroughs can return from their nearly-year-long stint on the pandemic sidelines. Albeit with limited capacity. Starting one week from Friday (March 5), theaters can finally reopen their auditoriums, yet operate at 25-percent of maximum capacity, capped 50 people per screening. Masks and assigned seating for […]

Jing Fong Permanently Closes its Chinatown Banquet Hall After 43 Years on Elizabeth Street

Posted February 20, 2021 at 8:21 am

Chinatown locals welcomed the news of iconic Pearl River Mart finding a new home, but another Chinatown mainstay is downsizing in a major way. Late yesterday afternoon, Jing Fong restaurant took the community by surprise with an announcement that its indoor dining floor is permanently closing down March 7. It will, however, continue service from the second-floor […]

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Overthrow Boxing Club Fights Pandemic with Plant-Based Community Fridge

Posted February 17, 2021 at 5:03 am

Down but not out, the Overthrow Boxing Club is assisting the neediest in the community with grassroots food assistance at its doorstep. But owner Power Malu is not throwing in the towel. Outside the Bleecker Street storefront is a so-called community fridge, stocked with plant based, organic, foods as well as canned goods. All free […]

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Cuomo Announces New Pop-up Vaccine Centers, with 3 on the Lower East Side

Posted February 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that eleven community-based pop-up vaccination sites are opening this week at community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. Three of the four new Manhattan dispensaries are located on the Lower East Side. These small centers are expected to vaccinate more than 3,100 people against coronavirus throughout the week, with more sites coming online […]

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‘Illuminating’ the Bowery with COVID-19 Stats

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:15 am

Looks like quarantine has been keeping the art community, ahem, enlightened and we love to see it. Allow me to introduce the Illuminate Cities Project Collective: Alexandra Payne: Project Manager, Urban Planner and Policy Specialist (Amplify) Domingo Abrusci: Project Lead, Designer and Architect (licensed in Italy) Elisa Forlini: Lighting Design, Chartered RIBA Architect Robyn Squires: […]

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At Gouverneur Hospital for Covid Testing, but Where are the Chinese Translators?

Last modified February 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

While on line last week for another Covid test at the Medlabs pop-up on Mott Street, I struck up conversation with several elderly women and discovered the testing site at the nearby Gouverneur Hospital lacked sufficient translation staff. Feeling this unacceptable, I decided to go undercover. A few days later, I took the risk; I […]

Corky Lee, Storied Photographer Who Chronicled Asian American Culture, Dies of Covid-19

Posted January 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Chinatown community this week mourns the passing of Corky Lee. News of his death early yesterday morning shocked at both the local and national levels. Lee lost the battle with Covid-19, and died in New York City. He was 74. Corky Lee, who identified as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” spent the better […]

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In Chinatown, it’s Elders Lost in Vaccination

Posted January 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

As the nation’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 400,000, news of mass vaccination sites opening across New York city is certainly welcome. However, securing an appointment is proving a daunting task. The mayor previously stressed equity in treatment for vaccination, which is rolled out in phases. Yet, with the mandate that all appointments require online registration, […]

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