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City nixes Chinatown / L.E.S. special district

City nixes Chinatown / L.E.S. special district

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  It’s been more than six years since the push began for a “special district” for the Lower East Side and Chinatown. The idea drew together community groups, residents and urban planners from around the city, scrambling to save a community facing hyper real-estate development — and growing tenant harassment. The Chinatown […]

Asians feel eclipsed after mayor snubs Lunar holiday but taps two Muslim ones

Asians feel eclipsed after mayor snubs Lunar holiday but taps two Muslim ones

By DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Elected officials and community groups rallied in front of City Hall last Friday afternoon to push Mayor Bill de Blasio to fulfill his campaign pledge that the Lunar New Year would be a school holiday. The rally came on the heels of de Blasio announcing last week that two Muslim […]

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |   Friends, family, neighbors and local politicians recently gathered at Kenmare and Elizabeth Sts. as the city paid one of its highest, and most visible, honors to Janet Freeman — co-naming the street corner for the late community activist. A resident of the neighborhood for more than 40 years, Freeman died in […]

Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Asserting it will help to protect seniors from wrongful eviction and abuse, City Councilmember Margaret Chin on March 12 introduced legislation that would increase the penalties against landlords caught harassing their tenants. The bill would double the maximum fine for tenant harassment by increasing the penalties from the current range of $1,000 […]

‘Mayor of Chinatown,’ Paul Lee, dies at 63; An outspoken leader

‘Mayor of Chinatown,’ Paul Lee, dies at 63; An outspoken leader

A 38-year-old Paul Lee in his Mott St. store in 1988. Photo by Corky Lee BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Paul J.Q. Lee, a Chinatown small business owner and activist who seemed to revel in uphill fights against the establishment, died Jan. 18 at age 63. Lee suffered a heart attack in the subway on the […]

Chin doesn’t want to gamble on Chinatown casino buses

Chin doesn’t want to gamble on Chinatown casino buses

Councilmember Chin is chipping in on the effort to restrict casino buses, saying they masquerade as normal city buses but “they don’t respect the community.” By SAM SPOKONY  |  New permit applications from intercity bus companies continue to flood Chinatown and the Lower East Side after statewide permit legislation took effect in July. Councilmember Margaret Chin […]

Spirit of 9/11 keeps flying with heroic Hester flag

Spirit of 9/11 keeps flying with heroic Hester flag

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The unfurling of an enormous American flag down the side of a six-story building in Chinatown tends to bring traffic to a halt. This happens annually on the corner of Hester and Mott. Sts. when John Casalinuovo, who volunteered at Ground Zero for nine months at the Salvation Army tent, leads a […]

Change is needed for Downtown’s council seat

Change is needed for Downtown’s council seat

Four years ago Margaret Chin told us she would have said no to the deals to get beloved schools like P.S. 234 decades ago, and Spruce Street School more recently because the community was giving away too much to corporations and developers, and didn’t get enough affordable housing. It raised our eyebrows, but we endorsed […]

Cheers in Chinatown on Grand St.

Cheers in Chinatown on Grand St.

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  At Tuesday night’s Community Board 3 meeting, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez announced $5.3 million in funding had been secured with Speaker Christine Quinn and the Manhattan Council delegation to assist the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with major renovations and repairs. “The Nuyorican Poets Cafe was hard hit during Sandy,” Mendez said. Mendez said this […]

Canal St. building continues to slowly crumble

Around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, an old, steel, roll-down gate partially detached from the vacant building at the southwest corner of Canal and Greenwich Sts. However, it was a sign of a more serious problem. The gate detached due to the collapse of a wall inside the building, according to Fire Department officials. A fleet […]

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