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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Woman Dies Month After Being Hit by School Bus in Chinatown

Posted January 20, 2022 at 5:14 am

A pedestrian struck by a school bus in Chinatown last month has succumbed to her injuries. On December 16, at approximately 1:45pm, 67-year-old Ahhon Lau was struck in the intersection of Monroe and Catherine Streets. When officers arrived at the scene, Lau was found unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma about the body. EMS transported her […]

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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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Homeless Shelter for Chinatown Elderly Planned for East Broadway

Posted December 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

Following a trend set during the pandemic, a former Chinatown hotel will soon be reborn as a homeless shelter. Nonprofits Asian Americans for Equality and Care for the Homeless have partnered to create the new “Safe Haven” facility, located in the former Hotel 91 on East Broadway. According to its FAQ mailer, the new safe […]

Chinatown Awarded $20M State Grant to Revamp East Broadway Mall and Sites Neaby

Last modified November 15, 2021 at 5:06 am

Last week announced that Chinatown is the recipient of $20 million in state grant money to reconfigure three key areas in the neighborhood. The main targets for a renovations are the city-owned East Broadway Mall beneath the Manhattan Bridge; the East Broadway Triangle – that chaotic intersection of Eldridge, Division, and Forsyth Streets where the […]

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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Late Photographer Corky Lee Gets Mural Treatment on Doyers Street

Posted September 24, 2021 at 5:02 am

There is a new tribute mural in Chinatown that honors the memory of beloved photographer Corky Lee. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project is behind the new artwork, which stretches along a 35-foot wall on Doyers Street, the nerve center of Chinatown. The mural is two-toned – blue and off-white – and meant to resemble “Ming” […]

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