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Chinatown Garment Industry Hanging by a Thread

Posted May 17, 2022 at 5:08 am

Once a hub of manufacturing for the city’s garment industry, there are only a few remaining factories in Chinatown from a peak in the hundreds. The localized industry, which once employed thousands of immigrant women and men, sparked an area restaurant boom in the 1970s. Yet, began to decline in the late 1980s when manufacturers started […]

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Chinatown Homeless Murder Suspect Still Awaiting Trial

Posted May 16, 2022 at 5:13 am

More than two years since the horrific murder of four homeless men in Chinatown, the suspect has yet to be held accountable for the crimes. In the early morning hours of October 5, 2019 Randy Santos stalked, then allegedly bludgeoned to death Cheun Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran and Nazario Vasqez-Villegas while asleep on the streets. In […]

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Post-Pandemic Chinatown Brings Melting Pot of Restaurants

Posted May 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

Chinatown is more than the regional Chinese cuisine of old. The neighborhood has certainly seen its comfort food offerings evolve throughout the decades. From the Americanized Chop Suey in the 1940s and 1950s, to Toisanese, Shanghainese and Hakka favorites in the 1960s. The influx of Hong Kong immigrants brought with it Cantonese offerings and Hong Kong-style […]

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Bilingual Street Signs Aren’t Going Anywhere

Posted May 10, 2022 at 5:08 am

Bilingual street signs in Chinatown aren’t going anywhere. Many fearful “netizens” have worked themselves into a frenzy over the New York Times article from March 11 stating that the specialty signs – the custom dates to the 1960s – were “disappearing” in favor of English only. And that the sign swapping is an intentional move […]

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Rite-Aid to Shutter Chinatown Store this Month

Last modified May 5, 2022 at 7:37 am

One day after news broke that Rite-Aid on Grand Street is closing, another outpost crosstown in Chinatown is suffering the same fate. The Rite-Aid store at 7 Madison Street is next to close. Final day in business is May 18. The closure comes shortly after Rite-Aid corporate announced earlier this year cost-cutting measures resulting in […]

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Rebuilding Begins at 78 Mulberry 2 Weeks After Deadly Fire

Posted May 4, 2022 at 5:09 am

A little over two weeks after a deadly fire at 78 Mulberry Street, the long rebuilding process has begun. Although a partial vacate order remains affixed to the entryway, workers were allowed to remove debris from within. And despite massive fire and water damage, the structure remains stable enough to renovate. KK Discount Proprietors were […]

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City Nixes Second Homeless Shelter Planned for Chinatown

Posted May 3, 2022 at 5:01 am

The city nixed two homeless shelters n Chinatown within the last week. The Department of Social Services yesterday announced that its shelter planned for 231 Grand Street (at the Bowery) is now canceled. The announcement follows mere days after the city likewise terminated a proposal to convert 47 Madison into a shelter. “After reviewing planned […]

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Chinatown Business Vacate Ahead of MDC Demolition for High Rise Jail

Posted January 3, 2022 at 5:11 am

For commercial tenants of 125 White Street – the Manhattan Detention Center – the end is nigh. The city notified, then terminated, leases with commercial tenants of its Manhattan detention center in preparation for demolition. As reported, the current facility will be replaced with a modern thirty-story high rise jail as part of the controversial […]

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Downsized Jing Fong Opens on Centre Street in Chinatown

Posted December 13, 2021 at 5:02 am

The new Jing Fong dim sum restaurant opened this week at 202 Centre Street. Much smaller in scale, the restaurant nonetheless revives signature menu offerings, albeit for take-out only. And temporarily at that. Overall decor is reminiscent of the much-loved-but-vacated location on Elizabeth Street, and even includes similar wall treatments. Jing Fong closed earlier this year […]

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With Closure of MCC Federal Prison, it’s High Time to Reopen Park Row [OP-ED]

Posted August 30, 2021 at 5:09 am

Is this what Chinatown has been waiting for? The U.S. Department of Justice last week announced that the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) on Park Row is closing, largely due to lax security and infrastructure problems that have long plagued the facility. The prison, situated in a complex of government buildings in lower Manhattan, currently has […]

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