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Mayor de Blasio’s Flawed Jail Plan Leaves Inmates Further from Home [Op-Ed]

Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

As summer winds down, we head ever-closer to the city-wide ULURP hearings on the proposed borough-based prison plan. All said and done, it’s been one big farce the past several months, through various public hearings in four boroughs held by city agencies (save the respective community boards). At each turn, neighborhoods rallied to oppose Mayor […]

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De Blasio Suddenly Lovestruck over Chinatown as High-Rise Jail Plan Looms [OP-ED]

Posted March 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The Bill de Blasio-Margaret Chin sitcom’s latest episode raises interesting questions. Has Mayor de Blasio developed Chinatown fever? Or just a sudden taste for authentic chop suey? In his third neighborhood visit in as many weeks, last Thursday night he delivered Lunar New Year […]

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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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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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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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Mayor Nixes High-Rise Chinatown Jail at 80 Centre Street

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

The proposal for a high-rise jail in Chinatown ended in major defeat yesterday. Mayor de Blasio threw in the towel, and is no longer considering the proposed 430-foot prison complex at 80 Centre Street. Nixing this site is owed largely to purported problems relocating the main occupant here, the city’s marriage bureau. The Mayor’s press […]

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Report: If Asked, Mayor de Blasio Would Speak to Chinatown about Proposed Jail

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Is it possible that the mayor would come to Chinatown and field concerns about his proposed high-rise jail? During the weekly “Ask the Mayor” radio segment on WNYC two weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer that if the local councilmember in either of the affected four boroughs invited him to a community […]

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Chinatown Mobilizes to Oppose 40-Story Jail Tower on Centre Street

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

The natives are certainly restless. In Chinatown, that is. Area activist Karlin Chan organized a grassroots rally for tomorrow to protest the plan to construct a 40-story jail tower at 80 Centre Street. The impetus is owed largely to a purported lack of transparency regarding the proposal, especially during the prior Town Halls dedicated to […]

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Community Boards Hold Joint Meeting Over Chinatown High-Rise Jailhouse

Last modified February 10, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Hyperlocal pressure over the proposed “community-based” jailhouse for Chinatown has resulted in yet another public session. This one, a joint effort between the two affected Community Boards, will further open the floor for discussion. Community Boards 1 and 3 are set to host a joint event tonight to further unpack plans for the high-rise cell […]

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