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Rajkumar is raising funding but hasn’t said she’s running

  BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar has raised more than $37,000 in her as-yet-unannounced bid to unseat City Councilmember Margaret Chin later this year. Rajkumar said she is only “exploring” a possible run, and said she would wait until a fomal announcement before discussing the campaign’s issues. Her fundraising numbers were […]

Chen’s platoon leader will be booted from the Army

Chen’s platoon leader will be booted from the Army

BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  The court-martial trials for Danny Chen’s tormentors ended Dec. 17, after First Lieutenant Daniel Schwartz, the last of eight soldiers to be tried, made a deal with prosecutors, allowing him to avoid a trial on condition of his discharge from the military. Schwartz, who was Chen’s platoon leader, was the highest-ranking […]

Slow response, as Guard trucks rations into Downtown

Slow response, as Guard trucks rations into Downtown

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to arrive […]

Chinatown woman is elected to lead Community Board 3

Chinatown woman is elected to lead Community Board 3

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  Gigi Li, who has served as second vice chairperson of Community Board 3 for the past two years, was elected Tuesday night June 26, as the East Village/Lower East Side board’s new chairperson. She replaces Dominick Pisciotta Berg, who chaired C.B. 3 for the past four years and did not seek […]

Vendor still making a stand

By Lesley Sussman Marilyn Louie, the longtime Chinatown newsstand owner who the city wants to evict from her spot because her stand is 3 inches too close to the building in front of it, got a bit of unwelcome news last week from the Department of Transportation. “They called on Monday and suggested that I […]

Eight soldiers are charged in death of Danny Chen

Eight soldiers are charged in death of Danny Chen

“We don’t want any plea bargains here,” OCA-NY President Liz OuYang said on Tuesday. BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Criminal military charges have been made, and new, disturbing details released, concerning the sudden death of Private Danny Chen on Oct. 3. The charges, at least, give Chen’s family and others hope that justice is on the […]

Krush Groove: High-tech trash cans offer hope in war on rats

Krush Groove: High-tech trash cans offer hope in war on rats

Photo by Aline Reynolds After unwrapping the new BigBelly can, Councilmember Margaret Chin dropped a piece of the ribbon into the compactor, as C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer gave an assist by holding the can open. By ALINE REYNOLDS  |  A high-tech garbage collection method has been introduced in Chinatown and Tompkins Square Park […]

Beth Israel opens new Chinatown clinic

Beth Israel opens new Chinatown clinic

By Albert Amateau Beth Israel Medical Center officially opened its Chinatown Multispecialty Group on Wed., Feb 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 110 Lafayette St. at Walker St. The clinic, with physicians, surgeons and supporting staff bilingual in Chinese and English, brings specialty medical services treating heart, vascular, lung, chest, gastrointestinal and cancer conditions to […]

A bounce in their step

A bounce in their step

Bunnies strutted with pride at the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown last weekend. After all, it is their year — the Year of the Rabbit. While there were auspicious and fierce-looking lions and dragons aplenty, the man below was never actually at risk of losing his head. On Thursday, the Lunar New Year, young […]

In Year of Rabbit, dragon buses could face new law

In Year of Rabbit, dragon buses could face new law

By Aline Reynolds On the morning of the second day of the Chinese new year, community activists and politicians weren’t celebrating at a restaurant or a park. Instead, they were huddled outside in the cold, announcing a proposed new state law intended to streamline the intercity bus pickup and drop-off system in Chinatown and around […]

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