Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters
The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.
Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies and pens for pedestrians to scribble thoughts of support. Inscriptions include – “Carrie Lam go burn in hell”; “Liberate Hong Kong”; “No more tear gas”; and “Tear down CCP.”
Protestors have been demonstrating for four months in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government. If enacted, it would allow local authorities to detain and extradite those wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. The fear is that Hong Kong citizens would then be subjected to Chinese jurisdiction.
This display is the only action this plot has seen since the two-hundred-year-old Federal Houses were demolished over a year ago. You’ll recall that the historic row comprising 282-286 Grand – which anchored the block since roughly 1820 – will eventually be born again rich. Their disposal is at the behest of its owner, and local oncologist-turned-gallerist, Marc Straus, who filed plans with Department of Buildings to erect a seven-story residential building with bronze colored “rain screen” exterior. Project paperwork reveals the floor area covers roughly 20,000 square-feet, housing twenty one-bedroom condo apartments and two penthouses. All are one-bedrooms (550 square-feet) except for the latter.
For now, it’s still just a dormant lot.