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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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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Aftermath of the Dim Sum Palace Fire in Chinatown

Last modified May 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

It’s looking grim for the Dim Sum Palace. A kitchen fire shortly after midnight Sunday morning spread through all four floors of 6 Chatham Square in Chinatown. Flames appeared rather intense in the back of the building, location of the restaurant kitchen. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the five-alarm inferno over several hours. […]

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 […]

Columbus Park Sees the Light as City Finally Flips the Switch on New Bulbs

Posted March 18, 2022 at 5:02 am

Plunged in darkness for the better part of a decade, Columbus Park in Chinatown is finally seeing the light. You’ll recall back in early 2017, the lights dotting Columbus Park began to fade, eventually shrouding the whole park in darkness. The issue was finally resolved almost a year later due to media pressure, when the […]

This Chinatown ‘Cleanse Theory’ is a New Vegan Spot

Posted February 1, 2022 at 5:02 am

Here’s a health-conscious vegan spot just in time to start fulfilling (or foresaking) that month-old New Year’s resolution. The new plant-based eatery – dubbed Cleanse Theory Kitchen – soft opened at 83 Henry Street in early January. Just off Mechanics Alley in Chinatown. (This address has a rather interesting past.) The menu includes vegetarian/vegan items like […]

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