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Mayor Nixes High-Rise Chinatown Jail at 80 Centre Street

Posted November 29, 2018 at 5:05 am

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

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

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 September 26, 2018 at 9:20 am

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

Posted September 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

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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Responding to Wave of Opposition, City Hall to Host Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Proposal

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

Residents and concerned citizens alike will now have a forum to both voice their misgivings and hold the city accountable for the potential new jailhouse at 80 Centre Street. The Manhattan Detention Center petition released last month seemed to nab the ears of enough local politicians; this past Monday, Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that the city […]

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Why the Chinatown Jail Proposal is a Terrible Idea [OP-ED]

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The following editorial on the Mayor’s “community-based” jail for Chinatown was written by area activist Karlin Chan. I knew we were screwed when my inquires regarding the proposed expansion of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) at 125 White Street announced by Mayor de Blasio went unanswered. It got me thinking. Was it really necessary to close […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Mayor’s ‘Community-Based’ Jail Plan

Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced the draft plan to replace the Rikers Island prison system over the next decade. As part of its so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers,” the city envisions glitzy new jail facilities in four of the five boroughs. Including one situated in downtown Manhattan, on the border of Chinatown. In a […]

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Chinatown Could See Influx of 1,500 Rikers Inmates

Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:10 am

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that his administration is proceeding with the closure of Rikers Island. Inmates will instead be relocated to four community-based facilities across the boroughs, clearing the way to shut the jail. One of which is located in Chinatown, which has many in the community up in arms. Rumor has it […]

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Time in the Tombs: Here is Steve Croman’s Inmate Record

Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

The “Crowman” is jailed. Convicted landlord Steve Croman was sentenced earlier this month to a year on Rikers Island. According to the public database of the city’s Department of Corrections, however, the new inmate hasn’t made it there yet. The records misspell his name (i.e. Steve Crowman), and indicate that he’s presently incarcerated at the […]

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This Subway Sticker Campaign Wants You to Recognize Rikers Island

Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

It’s one of the few geographic elements on the subway map without designation. But a trio of design students wants to make sure you know where Rikers Island is. Despite the recent movement (and momentum) – backed by Governor Cuomo – to have the prison closed due to its purported horrible conditions. With the red […]

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