Rent Hike Forces Chinatown Advocacy Group ‘CAAAV’ to Move Across Hester Street

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am by
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Ready the trucks, CAAAV is on the move…

The leasing sign hangs in the front window clear as day. After a two-year stint, 46 Hester Street is no longer the headquarters for CAAAV (“Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence). They’re not moving too far, though. A spokesman for the grassroots Chinese advocacy group notes that the new location is across the street at 55 Hester.

Apparently the bump in monthly rent from $3,300 to $4,000 was too much for CAAAV to handle.

CAAAV has been fighting for justice in Chinatown since its founding in 1986. Its most recent media-covered pursuits included the fiasco at 81 Bowery and its humanitarian efforts during hurricane Sandy. Recall that the CAAAV headquarters became a so-called “citizen command center” where donations were collected and distributed. Hundreds of neighbors queued for provisions and a cell phone charge.

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CAAAV relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy, November 2012

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