Knock It Off
Tourists scouring Canal Street for cheap imitations of designer bags would face a police crackdown under legislation introduced today by Council Member Margaret Chin.
“Our laws are incomplete in that they only target the supply of these items and not the demand,” Chin said after introducing a bill that would make buying knock-offs a misdemeanor Read More
Since it was confirmed last March, the upcoming offshoot of Paris’ ultra-hot Le Baron nightclub has generated a deafening amount of buzz among the trend-seeking set. Now, Eater has the dirt that Andre Saraiva’s New York venture will be opening in late October or early November. The Paris club may be Read More
This Land Is My Land
Five months after the Department of Buildings approved a proposal for renovation at 135 Bowery, building owner Ricky Wong received an unwelcome letter from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The LPC wanted to designate his small, three-story building, a specimen of the early 19th-century Federal style, as a city landmark. Such a ruling would likely Read More
Landlords want to upzone Canal Street so they can build taller buildings. Preservationists want to limit growth. Same old story. New setting: Chinatown.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, “A group of real-estate developers have commissioned a study to rethink Canal Street as they ratchet up a controversial effort to allow for taller Read More
The Chinatown bus is famous as a cheap way to shuttle between New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. But in the past two years, some bus companies have been quietly extending their service. Now a Chinatown bus serves dozens of unlikely cities like Orlando or Little Rock for a fraction of the cost of a Read More
For the real believers, tales of a subterranean New York have either at least a germ of truth (mole people, alligators in the sewers) or have yet to be proven (Masonic tunnels, government chambers beneath the Empire State Building). But to those of its denizens who have an enduring preoccupation with all things Read More
The folks at the New York City Human Rights Initiative sent over an advisory about a bus tour today to criticize a set of Bloomberg administration development initiatives brewing right now. "All of the stops will focus on projects which in some way divide communities, displace longtime residents, and deny their right to Read More
At 6 tonight, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side plans to rally against what now appears to be the inevitable rezoning of the East Village just to the north.
The group has labeled the rezoning a "racist" plan to limit building heights and essentially abolish the community benefits incentive in 110 Read More
The Department of City Planning is forging ahead with its plan to rezone 114 blocks of the East Village and the Lower East Side to limit the height and density of future development, despite allegations of racism from community groups in the Bowery and Chinatown, which were not included in the rezoning.
The Read More
“If we do not have [a Business Improvement District], we’ll be like Cinderella stuck downstairs while the rest of the city is having a party, and we will still be filthy and stinking,” said the executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, Wellington Chen.
A Chinatown BID is not a new idea. The proposal has Read More