Mulberry Street

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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Early Morning Fire in Chinatown Apartment Leaves Mother and Son Dead

Last modified April 15, 2022 at 11:04 am

Two people are dead, and several injured, after a fire in Chinatown early this morning. The two-alarm fire broke out at 78 Mulberry Street just before 4:00am. Roughly one hundred firefighters responded to extinguish the flames, which reportedly spread from the fifth floor. Sources tell us that a 91-year-old mother and her 52-year-old son perished […]

Books and Coffee for ‘Yu and Me’ on Mulberry Street

Posted November 8, 2021 at 5:01 am

There is an apparent trend of small boutique bookstores opening downtown. Last year saw the arrival of Sweet Pickle Books on Orchard Street, marrying the written word with briny treats; there is also the Common Books pushcart roving the neighborhood; and next month, it’s Yu and Me Books. Lucy Yu is amidst transforming a former Chinatown […]

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Mayor Announces $170M Restoration Plan for Historic 70 Mulberry Street

Posted October 6, 2021 at 5:06 am

Some encouraging news for 70 Mulberry Street, a pillar of the Chinatown community destroyed by fire nearly two years ago. Mayor de Blasio yesterday announced an additional $90 million in funding toward a plan to reconstruct the former PS23 public school building. The added capital brings the project total to $170 million. (Hizzoner allocated $80 […]

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Police Seek Suspect Who Sucker Punched Asian Woman on Mulberry Street

Posted August 5, 2021 at 5:03 am

Police this week released surveillance images and footage of the suspect wanted in connection with a random attack of an Asian woman last Thursday. As previously reported, the 68-year-old victim was collecting an item on the sidewalk when an unknown suspect clocked her in the face while passing. The sucker-punch, which transpired outside 179 Mulberry […]

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Asian Woman Sucker Punched in Unprovoked Attack Outside Chinatown Flower Shop

Posted July 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

Police launched an investigation this week after an Asian woman was punched in front of a Chinatown flower shop in an apparent unprovoked attack. According to the report, the 68-year-old victim was collecting an item on the sidewalk when an unknown suspect clocked her in the face while passing. The incident, which transpired outside 179 […]

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One Year After the Fire, Anxiously Awaiting Future of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted January 29, 2021 at 5:01 am

A year ago last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street, the former school that housed five Chinatown nonprofit organizations. Nonetheless: questions, anxiety, and doubt regarding its future still linger. On January 23, 2020, as Chinatown prepared to ring in the Year of The Rat and families sitting down for […]

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Museum of Chinese in America Brings Home Fire-Damaged Artifacts

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:03 am

Some heartening news to report from the Museum of Chinese in America. The archives are coming home. After a devastating five-alarm fire destroyed the roof and upper floors of 70 Mulberry Street back in January, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services rescued roughly one hundred boxes of archival material from the museum’s research center. Recovery […]

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Sam Chang Plans 13-Story Hotel to Replace Chinatown Garage

Posted September 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another downtown parking garage is doomed for replacement, with a new hotel on the way. Down at 62 Mulberry Street, the five-floor car-park is ready for redevelopment. Prolific hotelier Sam Chang is gunning to construct a thirteen-story beast, with design by frequent collaborator Gene Kaufman Architect. The proposed hotel will boast 103 keys spread across […]

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These 3 Developments Threaten to Sever Chinatown Traffic Arteries in the Coming Years [Op-Ed]

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:15 am

As if the climate wasn’t dire enough for Chinatown businesses and residents amidst the pandemic, a proverbial perfect storm is brewing. Long-suffering Chinatown businesses, like much of the city, are encouraged by the loosening of indoor dining restrictions and remain hopeful for a return to some level of normalcy. However, it could be short-lived due […]

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